Uncover the incredible ingenuity behind Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond

A hole lot of history

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Dental implants have a rich and extensive history spanning thousands of years. One of the earliest discovered examples of dental implants have been found within the skulls of ancient Chinese people dating as far back as 2000BC. These were rudimentary bamboo pegs which were crudely hammered into place within the patient’s jaw, to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Whilst this may make you wheeze coming from a modern perspective, it is interesting to note that the desire for a full set of teeth – regardless of what they are made of – is nothing new. From the days of ancient China, to the feats of modern engineering we offer at Sheen Dental implants in Richmond, the story of dental implants is one of remarkable design refinement and ingenuity.

Progress marches on

Throughout history, each civilization has made use of the materials and tools available to them to attempt to fill in missing teeth. Ancient Etruscans, around 500BC successfully installed primitive dental implants that were constructed from sea-shells and rare minerals, and ancient romans would often construct dental implants from the bones of animals. Throughout the 18th century, numerous attempts at introducing foreign materials into patients mouths, such as gold and silver were made – almost all of which were unsuccessful. Also around this time, the notion of using human teeth from underprivileged citizens and cadavers was experimented with, which again proved to be largely unsuccessful. Dental implants that resemble those which are recognized today however, didn’t really begin to emerge until the 1950s. This was when an orthopedist first accidentally stumbled over the effects of titanium within biocompatibility, after witnessing a titanium cylinder which had fused within the femur bone of a rabbit. From this, it was hypothesized that the same process could be replicated with humans, and in 1965 the first successful titanium dental implant was installed by an orthopedist named Branemark.

Filing in the gaps

From then on, titanium became the staple for all implants in the future, and since the days of Branemark the process has advanced dramatically. The process of installing dental implants from us here at Sheen Dental Implants, would initially consist of a consultation period between the patent and their chosen, trusted practitioner. This consultation is done to establish the patient’s eligibility for implant treatment, as well as detail to them the positive effect that they can expect the treatment to have on both their oral health and their overall self-esteem should they choose to carry out the treatment. Thereafter, providing the patient feels comfortable and content with the process, the insertion of the implants will begin. This process begins with a little hole being made within the roof of the patient’s jaw, between the gap where their missing tooth or teeth ought to be. Next, a titanium-alloy socket is placed within the hole, and left to heal. As previously mentioned, titanium us utilises for its unique qualities within bone fusion, which is exactly what it does during the short healing period that follows. Finally, a replica tooth constructed from plastic or porcelain, is then fixed into the socket, thus filling the gap with a new tooth which is far sturdier than any conventional bridge or dentures, as it is fused within the bone of the patient, just as a natural tooth would be.

Filling in the gaps on the importance of dental implants in Richmond

Grinning and bearing it

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Although the number of people who are seeking dental implants in Richmond from us here at Sheen Dental Implants are rising, there are still a vast amount of people who are unaware of the benefits of such treatment, and the negative impact that not seeking treatment can have. A recent study found that as many as 27 million adults across the country live each day with one or more missing teeth within their mouths. Here at Sheen Dental, we feel it is our duty to inform and educate those who suffer from an untreated missing tooth with why it is paramount they seek out the treatment they desperately require.

A hole lot of problems

Whilst those with an untreated missing tooth may feel that it does not affect their daily lives too much, the truth is that they may just be in the latent stages of a number of developing problems. One of these issues, which can have a vastly detrimental effect on a patient’s outward appearance, which, in turn have a negative effect on their self-esteem and confidence, is bone loss. This takes place as the bone tissue around a missing tooth is reabsorbed over time, if the gap is not bridged. This can result in the entire facial structure of the patient being altered, and their perceived age being vastly increased. It is estimated that over 25% of a patient’s bone density can be reabsorbed within the first year of having an untreated missing tooth – which can result in their outward appearance being greatly affected in an almost irreversible way. Another, obvious issue which can arise from having an untreated missing tooth, is the loss of speech. This is an issue which is slow to begin, but can result in a great deal of social anxiety and self-esteem issues as the develops.

Filling in the gaps

Luckily, here at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we have a team of implant specialists who can fully restore a patient’s smile and self-esteem in a way which is far more permanent than crowns or bridges, through the installation of dental implants. Implants are a prosthetic response to patients who have irreversibly damaged their teeth, or lost them entirely. Implant treatment addresses the issue of gaps within a patient’s smile at it’s very root rather than just at a superficial level. The initial stage of receiving dental implants in Richmond begins with a consultation period between the patient and their trusted dental practitioner. This allows the dentist to assess and establish the patient’s eligibility for treatment, as well as gauge the extent of treatment that is necessary and the positive effects that patients can expect it to have. Thereafter, provided the patient agrees to proceed with the process, the installation will begin. This initially starts with a hole being surgically drilled into the patient’s jaw – whilst under local or general anesthetic – where their missing teeth are. Then, a titanium-alloy socket is placed within this newly drilled hole, and is left to allow the healing process to begin. During the short healing period that follows, fusion takes place. Finally, a replica tooth is then inserted into the socket and fixed firmly in place. Thus the gap within the patient’s smile is filled with an indistinguishable, sturdy tooth which will keep the patient smiling to their fullest potential for many years to come.

A new and healthier smile with Sheen dental implants in Richmond

Have you ever wanted to have your old smile back, before you lost one or several teeth to decay, injury or poor health? Perhaps you have had dentures for a long time and now find that you are struggling to eat and chew as you once did, as they are continually slipping out, causing embarrassment and frustration.

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At Sheen dental implants in Richmond, we can help you with these concerns and many more. Making sure that you have a complete set of strong and healthy teeth is important to us and we are aware of the complications that can arise when you no longer have this.

Natural teeth are meant to work together, so when teeth are lost, the remaining teeth tend to suffer. They can start to shift and move to compensate for the missing teeth. This can leave you open to injury, as well as leaving you feeling even more self-conscious about your smile.

Overall health and well-being also tends to suffer as a person loses their natural teeth. This can lead to health complications, loss of further teeth and poor nutrition. With Sheen dental implants in Richmond, we can nip these concerns in the bud and leave you feeling confident and healthy again.

How do implants work?

We use this treatment process in various ways for many different people, depending on what the nature of a patient’s case is. Sheen dental implants in Richmond can cater for single missing teeth, multiple missing teeth, denture stabilisation and ‘same day teeth’. Depending on what your needs are, we can tailor make a treatment plan in order to provide you with the best care and service to make sure you are happy with the final results.

The basic method of tooth implants is however, the same. We use a special, titanium rod that is digitally pinpointed with advanced scans to be placed in the perfect position within your mouth, for optimum comfort and functional ability.

We are constantly open to further research and advances in technology to give you the best possible quality of care throughout your treatment process with us.

This titanium metal is unique, as it can fuse with the bone in your jaw, creating a long lasting and secure site to which a crown, bridge or your dentures can be adhered. In some cases, we can attach your new teeth immediately to your implant, as is the case with ‘same day teeth’, where temporary dentures are attached so that you can confidently smile whilst you are healing.

In other cases, we will wait for a few weeks to ensure that everything is healing as planned before attaching the new crown or bridge to the implant. These false teeth will look and feel extremely realistic as we go to great lengths to ensure a perfect match in shape, colour and size to your original teeth.

Soon you will be able to use your new tooth or teeth just like natural ones. Your smile will be back to its full functionality and you can be confident again knowing that you have done the best for the health of your mouth.

How dental implants in Richmond can help you

Losing a tooth can be devastating. It can seriously impact your self-esteem as well as your ability to eat, chew and behave normally. It isn’t until you lose a tooth for yourself that you can fully comprehend the importance of having them.

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Teeth are designed to work together as a cohesive unit, so when one or several are lost due to an injury or poor health, remaining teeth tend to suffer as a result. Dentures or removable false teeth are an option for some and in some instances they are preferable, however many of our patients look for more permanent and hassle free options to allow them the freedom they once took for granted with their smile.

This is why we urge you to consider dental implants in Richmond if you have lost one or several of your natural teeth. You can replace your teeth permanently, allowing you the peace of mind to know that your teeth will remain where they are when you need them to. You can enjoy all the foods you once did and there are no strict, special cleaning instructions to follow.

You simply need to ensure that you visit a dentist regularly, as well as a hygienist who can clean the area with specialised tools, to ensure that no infection can take hold at the site. By following general good practices for your oral health, you will find that your dental implants in Richmond serve you wonderfully for many decades to come.

How does the treatment process work?

We need to see you for an initial consultation to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment process. If you have had dentures for a long time, it may be that you do not have enough bone density in your jaw to allow for a secure, strong hold of the implant. If this is the case, then further treatment may be recommended to prepare you for dental implants in Richmond.

If we find that you are not of sound oral or physical health then you may also be advised to improve or control any condition before undergoing this minor surgical procedure.

Should everything be fine, we will take some scans in order to digitally pinpoint the precise prospective location of the implant. With advanced technology, we are able to ensure a more comfortable fit which can reduce the chances of complications, as well as minimise the healing time.

A dentist will surgically place a titanium rod into your jawbone to act as a replacement tooth root. This rod will fuse to your bone over several months, creating a secure site upon which a crown or bridge can be permanently adhered.

A crown or bridge, or in the case of denture stabilisation, entire sets of teeth are then placed onto the titanium rod or rods several weeks after this surgery has been completed. These false teeth are tailor made to match your remaining teeth in shape, size and colour. They will feel and look like a natural addition to your smile.

Signs you require dental implants in Richmond

One way in which your dentist can help your smile last well into your twilight years, is through the use of dental implants. This simple procedure can help turn a gap filled grin into a star-quality smile in no time at all. It’s quite popular with patients and can be quite beneficial, but sadly some people still aren’t aware of the fact that they may need this treatment.

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So with that in mind, here are a few signs that you may need dental implants in Richmond.

What are dental implants?

Before we begin, here’s a quick summary of what this procedure involves.

For patients coming in for dental implants in Richmond, they are essentially having a prosthetic tooth inserted below their gum line and into the jawbone. The tooth is usually made from porcelain or a variation of ceramics and it’s held in place with a titanium screw that’s been sterilised to prevent any infection from occurring.

Over time the bone will heal back over the screw and this should provide a stable and sturdy platform for your newly implanted tooth. At Sheen Dental our team will fit your new implant in a quick and safe procedure with minimal discomfort involved where possible.

Crooked or crowded teeth

As we age our teeth can naturally move around in our mouths and in some cases this can lead to crooked or crowded looking teeth. Aside from making you feel self-conscious when you smile, these misaligned teeth can also cause plaque to build up in hard to clean places, which can lead to gingivitis and other oral health issues.

Where an implant can help is when we can insert a single prosthetic tooth or multiple prosthetic teeth to provide you with a straightened out smile.

Gap filled smile

Much more noticeable than crooked teeth, having gaps can cause all sorts of problems of their own aside from ruining your smile.

As an example, gaps between teeth can cause them to become weakened and loose. So implanting a prosthetic next to them will allow us to strengthen their base and provide a rigid support they can lean against.

Difficulty with speech

Another sign you may require an implant is if you’re struggling with saying certain phrases or if you have a pronounced whistling noise whilst speaking. Implanting a prosthetic tooth may help fill in any gaps that your tongue may be tripping over or where air might be whistling through.

Chronic jaw problems

In closing we have one last symptom to keep an eye out for, chronic jaw pain or an aching feeling. This can appear because as we eat, our jaw muscles apply pressure in our mouth that our teeth equally distribute across our mouth. But, if you have any gaps or misaligned teeth the force being applied becomes unbalanced and you can start to experience an aching pain in parts of your mouth where the pressure is building up unequally.

These are just a few of the signs that you may need to come into our practice for implants. If you are still not sure if you require them, then ask our team on your next visit to the practice, to see what we can do for you.

How Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond can improve your smile

When it comes to helping you look after your smile you can’t go wrong with Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond, we can replace cracked or damaged teeth and fill in any unsightly gaps you may have. This is all managed through the use of our dental implantation techniques.

Here’s a brief summary of what we provide.

What is dental implantation?

With our Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond service, we essentially provide a prosthetic replacement tooth for anyone with damaged teeth or gaps that they may feel self-conscious about. In this treatment a fake tooth is inserted below your gum line and into your jawbone, it’s held in place with a sterile titanium screw acting as a tooth root that your jawbone will naturally heal around, integrating it into the bone.

The tooth is normally composed of porcelain or composite resin, this is because they are sturdy materials and can be easily coloured to match the shade of your teeth to allow the implant to blend in more naturally.

How is it done?

 The process of having an implant fitted is actually pretty simple and not overly invasive. When you first stop by for your appointment at our Sheen Dental implants in Richmond practice your dentist will normally have a consultation meeting first, then there may be an inspection or cleaning of the area. A shading match and casting will follow to allow us to create a natural looking implant that will then be fitted through minor oral surgery.

Is it painful?

 One of the biggest questions our patients have about treatments is whether they are going to be painful. In the case of implants there may be some mild discomfort during the procedure, but a local anaesthetic is used to limit this.

 At Sheen Dental, our team will fit your new implant in a quick and professional manner whilst trying to keep the amount of discomfort you feel to an absolute minimum.

Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that because we use an anaesthetic you should try to arrange transport home as you’re going to be unable to drive for a while. Try booking a taxi before you come to the practice or have a friend drive you home.

How to care for your implant

After you have your implant fitted you just have to keep it clean to allow it to heal properly. You can brush it normally as you would the rest of your teeth, but try to avoid pressing too hard with your brush as you may dislodge or damage the new tooth. Also if you floss do not pull too deep between your teeth and avoid using mouthwash for a while, as the chemicals in some brands can inhibit your gum’s ability to heal.

Regular cleaning of your implant can help you avoid it from becoming infected or inflamed, so brush it often.

These are just a few interesting facts about how we can improve your smile with our implants. If you’re interested in learning more or are curious about how we can help you, then book an appointment today.

Who are Sheen Dental Implants?

Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond is a fantastic practice, that will help you with everything you need regarding getting dental implants. Dental implants can be a daunting procedure, and due to their permanency and complexity, many people can be reluctant to get the treatment. However, it is our job to make sure that you do not have any troubles regarding your treatment and are as well informed as you can be.

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Dr Harmit Kalsi

Our main dentist, Dr Harmit Kalsi, is an extremely experienced dentist, and has a wealth of experience, both in regular dentistry and in implant dentistry. He has also been awarded the Diploma in Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which is an extremely rare and commendable achievement. Therefore, Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond is an extremely well experienced practice that should give you the utmost confidence in your dental implant treatment.

Consultation

Before any treatment begins, there will be a detailed consultation beforehand, to go over all aspects of having implants fitted, and assess for whether you are eligible for the implants. You may also need to have treatments beforehand, so that the implant surgery is as hygienic as possible. Assessing you for your jawbone mass is also essential, as we can determine whether the implants will be a success or a failure. Too little jawbone, and the implants will not be a success, and you may have to reconsider treatment, or consider other options in order to make you eligible.

First steps

Once it has been decided that you are eligible for the treatment, then the process can begin. Once your mouth has been deemed eligible by the hygienist, then the gums are opened in the area where the implant will be. Using a series of drills, a small hole will be created, first with a low spin, then high spin drill, to ensure that the hole is smooth and accurate.

After the hole has been created, the implant will be inserted carefully, so that it is tight, but not too tight. Screwing the implant in too tightly can damage the bone, and even cause necrosis, so it is up to the dentist to skillfully insert the implant.

Afterwards

After the implant has been put in, the gum is sealed back up, and the implant is left in the jawbone. Over time, and depending on patient to patient, the jawbone will grow around the implant, and close around it. The deep grooves on the implant will mean that once the bone has grown around the implant, it will be fused with the bone. This process can take from a few weeks to several months, so it all depends on the patient as to how long the process can take. If you are interested in dental implants as a treatment, but are perhaps unsure of how to get them, or whether you qualify for them, then visit  Sheen Dental in Richmond, and we will be able to give you all the information and guidance that you need.

Dental implants for restorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry is anything that involves the restructuring and rebuilding of your teeth. This can be as simple as a crown over a tooth, or even a set of fillings that restores your teeth to their proper function. Restorative dentistry can also be useful for people who have lost all their teeth, due to disease.

Dental Implants in Richmond

One of the solutions we offer for missing teeth is dental implants in Richmond. Sheen Dental Implants has a fantastic service set out purely for this treatment alone. The most important aspect of a dental implant is their durability, and the fact that with proper care, they will last for life. Our service is simple; we want to provide one of the most effective forms of restorative treatment with efficiency and care, and make sure that you are receiving the best possible implant treatment that you can.

What are dental implants in Richmond?

This is a form of treatment that replaces the entire tooth. Unlike any other treatment, implants are inserted into the jawbone, and left to fuse in. They are made from titanium and are specifically designed to hold in the bone once they have been inserted and bonded. At the end of the treatment, a crown can be attached.

Can everyone have them?

This is not always the best solution for all of our patients, so if you are looking for dental implants in Richmond, please be aware that there is always a consultation and a screening to see if you are eligible, as there are certain requirements for the implants to be successful. One of them is that there needs to be enough jawbone for the implant to be secure, as otherwise it will not be sturdy enough to be effective. Secondly, there needs to be enough of a gap between your jawbone and your sinuses, as depending on where the implant is, it can encroach the sinus cavity, and therefore be ineffective, as it will be loose.

There are additional treatments available to combat these things. In the first case of not enough jawbone, there can be bone grafts added, which are small chunks of bone taken from either your chin or hip and inserted into the area where the implant will be, in order to provide some foundation to the implant. In some cases, animal bone or synthetic material can be used to replicate this.

In the latter case of the implant going through into the sinuses, a sinus lift can be performed. This is a procedure where the sinus is lifted and then partially filled with a hard substance, so that the implant has a strong enough foundation.

We understand that undergoing this treatment can be a big decision to make. It can also be extremely expensive, so it is important to consider all aspects of the treatment. This solution to missing teeth can take a long time to complete due to the bone growth, which means that in some cases they can take over 6 months. It is also permanent, so you will not be able to undo the treatment for any reason. If dental implants in Richmond sounds like the right solution for you, then contact Sheen Dental Implants for more information.

Your dental implants will be just like your original teeth

There are many sporting injuries each year where someone’s tooth is knocked out and cannot be reattached. Some of these people go through life feeling self-conscious about the gap in their smile, or never smiling or eating out in public due to their lack of front teeth. Some of them visit us at Sheen Dental Implants to get dental implants in Richmond instead, and they are the ones who end up smiling.

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We offer a range of treatments to our patients, from replacing a single tooth to replacing every single one. If you are starting to think that it is time to do something about your smile, then booking a consultation with us will allow you to find out exactly what your mouth needs. Our dental professionals will be able to assess what treatments are needed to achieve the smile you are seeking and will be there alongside you for every step of your dental journey.

Different procedures

Before you get dental implants in Richmond you will need to come to our practice for a full examination. What treatment you need will depend upon how many teeth you are missing, and how many you want replacing. Your dentist will be able to thoroughly explain these options to you at your consultation and recommend what is ideal for you.

If you are missing all your teeth, then we have a full set of dentures available that can easily fit onto your implants. For this procedure you may only need two implants, but this will vary from patient to patient and could be higher.

If you are missing a few teeth that are all next to each other then a partial denture or a bridge may be recommended to you to reform your smile. A bridge is a group of crowns fitted together than can easily be joined to your implants. Sometimes you may need a singular crown if you are only missing one tooth. This will fit over the implant and blend in nicely with the rest of your teeth.

Whatever treatment you have to replace your teeth here at Sheen Dental Implants, you can take comfort from the fact that they will resemble your original teeth as much as they can. Made from a special material to look and feel just like normal teeth, these solutions are discreet and barely noticeable to other people. You will be able to smile with pride again in public, showing off the beaming, full smile that you now have.

Take care of your teeth

If you have had dental implants in Richmond, then you need to be sure that you are cleaning them properly. This is trickier than cleaning removable dentures because they are not removable, but your dentist will be able to tell you exactly how to brush properly and effectively. Cleaning your teeth properly prevents plaque from building up, and this will not only keep your mouth healthy, but ensure your implants last for longer too. You should visit us regularly for a check-up, this will help you to keep on top of your oral hygiene for both your original teeth and your new ones.

Dental implants can give you your smile back

People need dental implants in Richmond for multiple reasons. At Sheen Dental Implants we provide reliable and trustworthy treatment that will leave you feeling thankful that you booked an appointment with us. Your teeth may have started to fall out due to old age or tooth decay, or you may have been involved in an accident in which one or most of your teeth have been lost. Having a gap in your smile or a lack of front teeth can result in you feeling embarrassed at the best of times. This can not only impact your self-esteem, but your social interactions as well. 

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What are implants?

Implants are small titanium screws that fit into the jawbone allowing for artificial teeth to be fitted. Whether you are missing a full set or just a few, dental implants in Richmond could allow you to get a strong, natural looking set of teeth once again. The material used to make the dentures or crowns that will be fitted onto your implants will imitate your original teeth, and our dental professionals will be able to respond to any problems or questions that you have.

In extremely rare cases the patient may not have enough jawbone to insert the implants. If this is the case then they may have to undergo a procedure in which a small metal frame is inserted under the gums, allowing them to grow round the frame, strengthening as they do so. The implants are attached to this frame instead of the jawbone.

It is vitally important that you ensure you clean your artificial teeth properly. This will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which otherwise would only result in further dental procedures. At Sheen Dental Implants our practitioners will be able to recommend what brushes to use for both teeth and gums and assist you in keeping not only your remaining teeth strong and healthy, but your artificial ones too.   

Are there different types of implants?

Whilst there is one primary way to obtain dental implants in Richmond, there are several options for what you will need to attach to them to complete your smile. If you are repairing a single tooth then you may need to have a crown fitted, or you may need to have a bridge attached to your tooth implants if you need to strengthen and repair several teeth. 

Dentures might be what you need to have attached to your implants if you are missing a whole set of teeth or more than one. If you do require a whole set of teeth to be replaced, then you will not need one implant for every tooth. An implant can have more than one tooth fixed onto it. You will be able to get partial dentures if you only have a few missing teeth and will naturally need less implants.

It is advised that you book a consultation at Sheen Dental Implants if you are considering getting replacement teeth. This will allow you to find out exactly what you need to know, and our dental practitioners will be able to inform you of what treatment will be most suited to you, and organise a suitable payment plan as well, so do not worry about the cost, smile instead.