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Hassle-free and realistic replacement teeth

The trick to replacing lost teeth is to invest in the ones that are going to act and look most like the teeth that have been lost. Dentistry is constantly advancing, and, as far as tooth replacement is concerned, the biggest leap forward came about 30 years ago, when dental implants became available.

Dental Implants in RichmondGetting a dental implant in Richmond couldn’t be easier if you come to us at Sheen Dental Implants. Our implant surgeon, Dr Harmit Kalsi is one of only a few dentists to have been awarded the diploma of implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons, where he is a lecturer and has also been an examiner for 14 years. He really knows his stuff when it comes to you getting a dental implant in Richmond.

The key is jawbone health

Dr Kalsi will be able to explain all about your dental implant in Richmond, and what are the right conditions for its successful insertion into your jawbone. It’s all about how healthy your jawbone is. Jawbones, just like other bones in the body, need constant impacts to keep them strong and dense. Where bone strength elsewhere in the body comes from running and jumping, in the jaw, it comes from the teeth impacting against each other as we bite and chew.

When one tooth comes out, there is no impact either for the gap where it is, or the one above. No impact means not only no cell renewal, but the bone actively starts to dissolve itself, thinking it is no longer needed. That’s why people with no teeth start to look all pointy in the chin area, and their faces start to sag inwards. Age is nothing to do with this look, it’s all about loss of teeth.

Rebuilding lost bone

If, during your consultation, Dr Kalsi discovers, by way of x-rays and scans, that your jawbone is not strong enough, there are ways to rebuild it. Bone grafts and sinus lifts add new bone into the jaw. It takes a few months to stabilise and then treatment for your dental implant in Richmond can begin.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants Richmond?

Patients who are missing one or more teeth due to an accident, gum disease, or old age, can take advantage of dental implants. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental Implants in RichmondAt Sheen Dental, we are proud to offer dental implants in Richmond, a popular and reliable tooth replacement treatment. Most patients are eligible for dental implants as long as they are in good health and have enough bone tissue left in their jawbone. However, as with every dental treatment, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration before you decide to undertake an implant surgery.

Why choose dental implants?

Since dental implants are fused to the jawbone, they provide a superior level of support. With dental implants in Richmond, you don’t need to worry that your replacement teeth will become loose or slip out of place while you speak, eat or laugh. Moreover, dental implants help protect the jawbone from deterioration and encourage the growth of new bone tissue in the jawbone. This not only avoids the aged look that results from sunken cheeks and puckered lips, but also protects healthy teeth against further tooth loss.

Things to consider before having dental implants

To determine whether you are eligible for dental implants in Richmond, our experienced dentists will take several factors into consideration. Suitable candidates should be in good dental health, and should not suffer from gum disease or tooth decay. Your overall health should also be thoroughly assessed. Conditions that could put you at higher risk during surgery, such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes, need to be controlled prior to your operation. Smokers will need to refrain from their habit for several weeks before and after the surgery, since smoking can compromise the healing process. Last but not least, because sufficient bone structure is required to support dental implants, jawbone density is a major factor in determining implant candidacy. However, if you have lost a considerable amount of jawbone, you can still have dental implants with alternative techniques such as All-on-4 or denture stabilisation.

Get your whistle back

Remember that silly song about how if the man got his 2 front teeth back for Christmas, he’d be able to whistle Merry Christmas. It was written in 30 minutes in 1944 by a teacher in New York who noticed that half his class had at least one of their front teeth missing. Kids lose their front teeth, but so do adults, but at least kids get a new set to allow them to whistle. If your replacement teeth don’t let you whistle anymore, then maybe it’s time to start thinking about replacing them with dental implants in Richmond.

Dental Implants in RichmondYou need to have stable teeth to be able to whistle properly and speak clearly, and for teeth to be completely stable, they need to be anchored into the jawbone. Only dental implants in Richmond can do this. Dentures and fixed bridgework are not anchored into the jawbone. Dentures rely on suction to the gums or being on a plate behind remaining natural teeth. Fixed bridgework is fixed to neighbouring natural teeth, so it is stable, but only by sacrificing these two buttress teeth, which have to be ground down to take crowns.

How dental implants work

At Sheen Dental Implants, we put dental implants into your jawbone in a minor surgical procedure for which you will need a local anaesthetic. This is plenty to numb any pain as there are few nerve endings in the jawbone. You can have oral or intravenous sedation to relax you if you are anxious.

We create artificial sockets in the jawbone, avoiding any blood vessels or nerves and then put the dental implant into it. Over the next 2-6 months, the implant, which is made of titanium, integrates with the jawbone as new bone cells and blood vessels grow over its surface. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, we can attach your handmade porcelain crowns. Dental implants in Richmond can each carry up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so you can have your 2 front teeth and one more replaced on just one dental implant.

Fancy getting your teeth back? Why not come in for a consultation?

Replace that knocked out tooth with a dental implant in Richmond

It’s a horrible, sinking feeling when you sit up from a sports-related face crash to realise that it’s not just your nose that’s broken and your lip that’s split, but you are also spitting out bits of broken tooth. The whole tooth’s gone and it’s in too many pieces to go back into your socket. You are now looking at a lifetime with a missing front tooth, and you’re only 24. That’s 60 years.

Dental Implants in RichmondSo, what are your options? You can go through life with a gap, but the toothless look has never been considered stylish. You can get a tooth on a plate and find yourself clicking gently to yourself. You can get a fixed bridge and lose 2 more teeth to become buttress crowns. Or you can get a dental implant in Richmond and continue to have the same maintenance regime, no clicking, and never have to tell anyone you kiss that your front tooth is not real and you leave it in a glass of water by the bed at night.

It seems like a no-brainer of a choice, and yet people have been known to agonise over whether or not to get a dental implant in Richmond. It’s not the convenience, it’s the cost, that makes young people have to think twice.

A dental implant in Richmond is not the cheap option. Here at Sheen Dental Implants, one implant with one crown on it will set you back at least £950. However, we do have payment options that mean you can pay for your new implant on a monthly basis of £40 per month.

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants are so lifelike that, once they are in place with a crown on, you can be forgiven for not remembering which one of your teeth is not real.

Maintenance is easy. You brush carefully twice a day to remove plaque, and also floss carefully around the gumline. You back this up with regular plaque removal sessions with the hygienist. This is all you need to do.

You can eat whatever you like.

You can expect your implant to last for at least 15 years, maybe decades.

Dental implants in Richmond are more versatile than you may think

Dental implants were first developed in the 1950s and soon after they became a sensation in restorative dentistry. However, modern dental implants are quite different from their counterparts. Not only can they replace single and multiple teeth, but they can also stabilise dentures and bridges, giving people the closest alternative to real teeth.

dental-implants-in-richmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, we will help you decide if dental implants in Richmond are the right treatment for you – more specifically what implants to use, how many to use and where they need to be fixed into the jawbone. Getting dental implants in Richmond can be a daunting prospect for some people. If you are one of them, we can provide various sedation options. Simply ask our dentists and they will give you more details.

Explaining the dental implant procedure

Modern dental implants are sophisticated and specifically designed to be biocompatible with the jawbone. Titanium, the material from which dental implants are made, has the ability to fuse with the jawbone tissue and this benefits the process since it reduces the risk of infection or complications. During your first operation, the dentist will carefully anchor the dental implants into predesigned places into your jawbone, creating strong and sturdy artificial tooth roots.

Once this process is completed, the implant sites will be left to heal for a specific period of time (this can be different from patient to patient). During your second operation, your dentist will reveal the implant sites and restore the function and aesthetics of your smile by mounting replacement teeth on top of them.

Are dental implants a viable replacement option for everyone?

Almost everyone can have a dental implant, but this does not mean that everyone should. Only your dentist can determine if dental implants in Richmond are the right treatment for you and this will require a detailed examination and assessment. Conditions that can hinder the successful healing of dental implants include gum disease, diabetes and heart diseases. Smokers are also advised to consult their dentist before having dental implants.

Need more info?

For more information on our implant treatments, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The kind of replacement teeth people choose first

As dentistry evolves, we are given more choices. One area that has 30% more choices than before is that of replacement teeth. For centuries, the only option was dentures, made of wood, dead people’s teeth, rubber, you name it. Then it became possible to replace the odd missing tooth or 2 with fixed bridgework. For the past 30 years or so, there has also been the option to replace lost teeth with dental implants. In Richmond, we offer these at Sheen Dental Implants.

Dental Implants in RichmondSince they first became available in Richmond, dental implants have become more and more popular. Now they are most people’s first choice when they have lost teeth to replace.

The popularity of Richmond dental implants

There are several reasons why dental implants are people’s first choice for replacement teeth. They all boil down to the fact that dental implants are replacements for the roots of lost teeth. Dentures and fixed bridgework only replace the crowns.

Going back to the roots

Roots are what give teeth their stability. And they need it. When we chew, our jaw muscles can bring our teeth down on our food with as much force as 97kg or 200lbs. That’s a lot of power and not something that can be achieved with dentures. Well, they might be able to come down with that power, but they probably won’t be able to come back up again, as they rely on suction to the gums for their stability. That only gives about 25% of the chewing power of real teeth. Imagine trying to eat something that requires a lot of chewing power, like a steak with only a quarter of the force needed. You’d end up having to suck it.

Dental implants in Richmond anchor the teeth into the jawbone and this means that you can eat whatever you like and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing slippage when you talk and laugh.

Also, they last for a very long time, at least 15 years, and often for decades, if not lifetimes. And with handmade porcelain crowns, the white parts are indistinguishable from natural teeth.

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.

Slippage

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.

1000

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.

218

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.