Is it worth getting just one dental implant in Richmond?

If you have had an accident that has resulted in the loss of one to 3 teeth in a row, one option for replacing them is with a dental implant in Richmond. But is it worth all the hassle when you could just get a partial denture or fixed bridgework? After all, they’d be so much cheaper and they’d look just as good.

Dental Implants in RichmondThat’s a good question and one we hear often here at Sheen Dental Implants. Of course, people want to save money but there are some serious advantages to investing in a dental implant in Richmond, especially if you are young. Let’s take a look at them here.

Chewing power

A dental implant can give you back your full chewing power. A partial denture, which sits on a plate that goes behind your teeth cannot. At best it can offer about a quarter of the power you are used to using. Also, bits of food, such as rice, can get underneath it, so eating won’t have as much freedom as before.


Dentures tend to slip and move about. If you’ve got a plate on your lower jaw, it might rise up when you yawn.

Your other teeth

If you are thinking about having fixed bridgework, it does give better stability than dentures, but there’s a high price to pay for your other teeth. The 2 teeth on either side of the gap will be sacrificed and turned into buttresses onto which the bridge will be fitted. They will be ground down and covered with buttress caps and never be teeth in their own right again.

Your jawbone

The area where you have lost teeth will no longer have roots in it. You need roots to transmit the vibrations from impacts that keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Without these signals that the jawbone is still in use, the gum and bone here will start to disappear.

Your bank balance

You will have to replace your denture or bridgework every few years. You may never need to replace your dental implant in Richmond, which, over the decades could work out cheaper than the other replacement options.

Turn that frown upside down

If you’re about to have dentures fitted or you currently have dentures, you will know they come with compromises. Modern dentures are created to hug your gums securely and they also look like natural teeth, however you have to use fixative to hold dentures in place and you may have to compromise on the foods you eat and how you live your life.

Dentures in RichmondHow would you feel if your dentures could be fixed in place and act exactly as your natural teeth did? This is possible thanks to dental implants, which means the complications you’ve faced, are now a thing of the past with retained dentures. In Richmond, Sheen Dental Implants can perform this simple procedure for you and give you back the full functionality of your natural teeth.

Dentures in Richmond: retained using dental implants

The implants themselves are small titanium screws that are fitted into your jawbone. Your body responds uniquely to titanium, the bone, nerve endings and blood vessels grow around the screw. Not only does this anchor the screw in place, it also ensures the rest of the jawbone remains healthy and strong.

How are they fitted?

This is a minor surgical operation, normally we can do this under local anaesthetic, however we will discuss this with you. During the procedure we will implant between 2-6 implants depending on whether you’re having partial or full retained dentures. You will then need to let the bone grow and fuse with the implant, making it fully secure and fixed in place.

Once your jawbones healed, we will then fix your denture to your implant. You can remove them for cleaning, or they can be fully fitted. We will also make the dentures look as natural as possible, so there will be no discernible difference between your new dentures and your natural teeth.

If you’d like to know more, why not contact us today. Our friendly reception can answer any initial questions and get you booked in for your free consultation. At Sheen Dental in Richmond, Dentures will no longer spell compromise for your lifestyle, instead you can look forward to smiling all day long with confidence.

Take it easy with Dr Kalsi

You’ve lost a tooth, a few or maybe even an entire jaw full. You know you should do something about it. You’ve heard all about how tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate and the considerable consequences for your dental health and your appearance. You also know dental implants in Richmond are the best way to restore missing teeth. But it’s a complex procedure compared to most other dental treatments and you’re not sure how you feel about letting just any old dentist do it. Well, there is no need to worry at Sheen Dental Implants with Dr Harmit Kalsi on hand.

Dental Implants in RichmondHarmit began practising dentistry way back when Band Aid hit our TV screens (that’s 1984 for anyone who missed it). But what you’ll be interested in is his track record with dental implants in Richmond. So let’s take a look at the numbers.

27 years

That is how long Harmit has been placing dental implants. Back in 1991 when dental implants were not so well known to your average dental patient, Harmit was already transforming the lives of those who had experienced tooth loss with what is still the most reliable way to replace missing teeth.


That’s how many dental implants Harmit has placed. Actually the count has gone over 1000 now. So when it comes to getting your dental implants in Richmond you know you’ll be in experienced hands.


That’s how many out of the tens of thousands of UK dentists have a diploma in implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons. And Harmit is one of them. As implantology isn’t yet recognised as a special branch of dentistry for which dentists can join a formal training pathway, a diploma in implantology is the next best thing.

Take it easy

Now you know what a wealth of experience and expertise will be at your disposal when you choose us for your dental implants in Richmond. Harmit often takes referrals from other dentists to carry out dental implant treatment, such is his reputation. So you really can take it easy when in his care. Don’t let tooth loss ruin your dental health, get in touch with us today and schedule your appointment to see Harmit.

Get an upgrade for your dentures

Everything today seems to come with the option to upgrade. Upgrade your phone plan, upgrade your TV package, upgrade your aeroplane seat. But what about your dentures? Surely they can’t be upgraded, after all dentures haven’t changed much in years, right? Wrong. Dentures in Richmond have seen a major transformation in the last few decades and that transformation arrived with the advent of dental implants.

Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, you may have guessed that dental implants are our game (and our name). If you thought dental implants were only for those new kids on the block, in terms of tooth loss, think again. With the use of advanced techniques, we can secure your dentures with dental implants even if you lost your teeth years ago.

The lowdown on implant-secured dentures

Your dentures ordinarily rely on suction to your gums to stay in place. As you are probably only too aware, this often isn’t enough. Over time, you may have found that even your trusty tube of denture adhesive isn’t doing the trick. That could be because your jawbone has deteriorated and gums have receded. This is what happens when the roots of your missing teeth aren’t replaced.

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, which are placed into your jawbone, on top of which your dentures are attached. This means you won’t ever have to worry about your dentures in Richmond ever slipping about again.

The procedure

We’ll place 2-6 dental implants into your jawbone and give them time to fully integrate. Then using a special dental fixture we’ll connect your dentures to your implants. You can have new dentures made up or have your current ones altered to fit onto your implants. If you’d like we can permanently attach your dentures in Richmond, or they can remain removable.

If your jawbone has already deteriorated this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy implant-secured dentures. We can build your jawbone density back up using a bone graft or sinus lift. If your jawbone is not wide enough to support the implants, we can carry out a bone expansion procedure. You may need one or a combination of these procedures before you are ready to receive implants.

Restore the gap in your smile

If you find yourself with a gap in your smile due to tooth loss, it might be time to go for dental implants in Richmond. Here at Sheen Dental Implants, we provide dental implants, whether you have one or multiple missing teeth, to help restore your smile.

Dental Implants in RichmondThe first step is to come in for a consultation, so we can assess your suitability for treatment. We need to make sure there is enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. After coming for a consultation and getting the ‘green light’ for treatment, you can begin to look forward to reaping the benefits of dental implants in Richmond.

Dental implants: the basics

Dental implants consist of titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. These are left to integrate, allowing the bone and blood vessels in the jaw to mesh with the implant. This is what separates dental implants from alternative treatments, they deal with what is going on below the gum line by mimicking the natural roots of the teeth.

While your implants integrate with the jawbone, a temporary restoration will be placed on top to fill the gap in your smile. Later a permanent crown can be attached to the implant using an abutment. This is made to match the rest of your teeth in shape and colour.

Reap the benefits

One of the biggest benefits of going for dental implants in Richmond is that they give you restorations that look and feel natural.

On top of this, if you go too long without treating your tooth loss, your jawbone will degenerate, leaving you with a sunken-cheeked look that ages you. Dental implants keep you looking youthful and healthy, and therefore allow you to smile, laugh, talk and eat with confidence.

If you look after your dental implants by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and not skipping out on your dental appointments, they can last for a lifetime. The porcelain crowns on top may need changing every 15 years or so but that’s a simple enough procedure.

Invest in dental implants in Richmond and look forward to a lifetime of improved oral health.

Solve the problem of loose dentures in Richmond

Are you a denture wearer? Are you getting a bit sick of your dentures coming loose? Does it seem like no matter how often you get your dentist to reline them, they’re loose again in no time, sliding around in your mouth, embarrassing you and costing you a fortune in not very effective denture adhesive? Would you like to find a way to get your dentures to stay put all day, every day?

Dentures in RichmondYou will be glad to hear that at Sheen Dental Implants, we have a procedure that can anchor your Richmond dentures to your jawbone so that they become more stable and secure than you have ever known them to be. It’s called denture stabilisation. Here’s how it works:

We put between 2-6 dental implants into your jawbone. You will need more on the upper jawbone to deal with gravity. We leave the implants in place for a few months so that they can become one with your jawbone. The bone will grow new tissue all over the implants to fuse them with and hold them in place.

When this has happened, we can then customise your dentures with attachments that will fit onto special connecting attachments that we will screw into your dental implants. Or you can have new dentures made by us.

You can have your denture permanently attached to your implants or you can continue to be able to remove it, give it a good clean and store it overnight so that you can give your gums a rest. It’s your choice.

Come and find out more

If you’d like to find out more about stabilising loose dentures in Richmond, why not come in for a free consultation with our treatment co-ordinator Lisa? She can talk you through the options available and if you want to know more, she can then book you in for a more in-depth consultation with our implant surgeon, Dr Harmit Kalsi.

Harmit has been an examiner with the Royal Collage of Surgeons since 2004. He will make a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw and work out a treatment plan for you.

How to get new teeth that behave like your old teeth

What everyone wants from replacement teeth is to be able to have them look, feel and act just like the much loved teeth they have lost. They need to look realistic, they need to be able to bite and chew properly and they need to feel like teeth in the mouth and not a contraption.

The best way to get all of the above is with dental implants in Richmond from us at Sheen Dental Implants.

Dental Implants in RichmondWhat are dental implants in Richmond?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are embedded into the jawbone. The embedded part is a tapered screw or post. This is inserted into a carefully sited and drilled channel. Once in place, the implant, which is made of titanium, catalyses new bone tissue growth all over it. Over the course of the next several weeks, bone and implant become fused together, making the implant as securely anchored (albeit in a different way) as a tooth root. It can now withstand chewing and biting forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is more pressure than most people exert.

The implants have an internal screw and a connecting piece called an abutment goes into this. Handmade porcelain crowns are then fitted onto the abutment.

Each dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so there is no need to have one implant for every lost tooth. Indeed, we have a technique called All-on-4 that allows us to use extra-long implants along the jawbone, along with 2 normal-length ones at the front. Between them they can support an entire arch of teeth.

Got loose dentures?

Another great technique is to use dental implants in Richmond to stabilise loose dentures. Dentures come loose because the bone and gum beneath them shrink. Having dental implants inserted and your dentures customised to fit onto them means you will once again be able to eat whatever you like and you will never have to worry about embarrassing wobbly teeth. You can still take your dentures out at night to clean them and to rest your gums.

To find out more about how dental implants in Richmond can help you, why not come in for a chat?

The taming of the dentures in Richmond

Good dentures fit your gums snugly. They look like your own teeth. The crowns protrude from gums that have all the subtle nuances of colour and shape of natural soft tissues in the mouth. And, of course, they chew well and stay put on your gums.

Dentures in RichmondWith modern denture-making technology, this form of tooth restoration is now so lifelike that it can be impossible to tell if someone is wearing dentures. At least, it can until the dentures start to lift up when they yawn, or slide around on the gums when they talk. Of course, if the teeth shoot right out of their mouths like that poor 102-year-old lady blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, the footage went viral, no one is going to think your teeth are your own.

Avoid the birthday cake blues

We’d all like to avoid that happening to us, and one way to sort out wayward dentures in Richmond is to get them stabilised with dental implants from us at Sheen Dental Implants.

How it works

We place between 2-6 dental implants into your jawbone, and then over the next few weeks, the titanium implants will fuse with the bone. Once this process is complete, the implants will be held as firmly in place by the bone as natural teeth would. How long this takes varies from person to person, but it is vital to the implant process, so be patient.

The next step is to fix your dentures in Richmond onto your dental implants. This requires a set of special attachments. We can either customise your current dentures, or we can make you a new bespoke set. Once they are in place, you will be able to use your dentures like they were real teeth, perhaps for the first time ever.

About implant surgery

Many people think that implant surgery is really difficult to go through, but this is not really the case. There are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth, so you really only need a local anaesthetic to numb the pain. That said, it can take an hour or two so we are happy to give you sedation to help you relax through the treatment.

Stay still! How to get obedient dentures in Richmond

If you are a denture wearer, you probably know how dentures are a bit like supermarket trolleys: they seem to develop a mind of their own after a few years use. Where once your dentures did as they were told, stayed put, chewed your food, and smiled when you smiled, now they seem to want to be centre stage at the most inappropriate moments.

Dentures in RichmondWe may write about the problem of wobbly dentures lightly here, but at Sheen Dental Implants we know that it’s no laughing matter. Having dentures in Richmond that don’t fit and slide around in your mouth can be very distressing indeed. Fortunately, we also know a great way to get your dentures in Richmond back under control, and more effective at their job than they have ever been.

Chewing power

The problem with dentures, no matter how well they fit, is that they rely on adherence to the gums to stay in place. Even at their best, dentures can only offer about 25% of the chewing power of natural teeth. Combine that with certain foods, such as rice, getting under the plate and that’s a lot of things off the menu.

These issues are compounded by the fact that as time goes on, dentures become looser, owing to the way the gums and jawbone both shrink back without the stimulation of the tooth roots to keep them renewing their cells. Denture adhesive is a messy and not very effective way of keeping them in place. We know a better way.

Dental implants to the rescue

Did you know you can use dental implants to secure your dentures? In Richmond, it takes 2-6 implants per jaw to keep dentures in place. At Sheen Dental Implants, we can even customise your dentures so that you don’t have to invest in a new pair.

You can also choose whether you want to continue to remove your dentures for cleaning or whether you would like them permanently fixed in place.

Why not come in for a consultation and see how we can make life with dentures in Richmond so much better?

Have you been told you can’t have dental implants in Richmond?

Whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants in Richmond depends very much on the state of your jawbone. The pressures created during biting and chewing are very powerful, up to 97kg or 200lbs. You will know how powerful the jaws can be if you have ever accidentally bitten your tongue or the inside of your cheek.

Dental Implants RichmondThe teeth are held in place by fibres that link them to the surrounding bone. Dental implants are held in place by the new bone tissue that grows tightly around them. But, like putting a screw into too thin plasterboard and then hanging a heavy mirror on it, you have to be sure there is enough strong, dense jawbone there to accommodate the implants.

People who have been missing teeth for a while, have suffered with advanced gum disease or have been long-term smokers often do not have enough bone material to support dental implants. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental Implants, we offer various treatments that can help solve this problem and give people access to the gold standard of tooth replacement.

Bone grafts

We take bone from elsewhere in your body, or use synthetic bone crystals, and put them into the area of the jaw where the implants are going. We either do this before or during implant surgery. Over time, the new bone material will mesh seamlessly with the bone already present and provide a firm base for the implants. In the upper jaw, we put the grafts into the sinus cavity, and this is called a sinus graft.

Bone expansion

The jaw shrinks when it no longer has tooth roots in it to stimulate bone cell renewal. If it is too thin to support dental implants, we can expand it carefully with a series of instruments, before filling the hole with bone graft material and putting in an implant.

If you have been told your jawbone can’t take dental implants, come and have a consultation. Times move on and what was once impossible might now be possible. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit before we can treat you.