Dental Implants

Why should I receive Dental Implants In Richmond?

Patients who wish to receive this particular form of restorative dentistry, a form of dentistry which strives to restore the function and aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile, may be suffering from one, or several missing teeth. Dental Implants In Richmond could be argued as one of the most popular forms of tooth replacement for many patients, not just at our dental clinic but worldwide, for a wide array of reasons.

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Why teeth should be replaced

Many patients may choose to overlook their gaps within the mouth; however, despite common misconception, missing teeth can cause a multitude of health problems. Spaces between the teeth can be a breeding ground for dental bacteria and germs, which can then develop into more severe oral diseases and infections such as gum disease.

Aside from oral infections, gaps within the mouth can cause patients discomfort or pain when they perform daily dental tasks, such as cleaning, eating and drinking. Discomfort aside, speech impairments such as a moderate to severe lisp may also arise due to a lack of teeth. In addition to the decreased function of the teeth, gaps within the mouth can also cause problems aesthetically, and consequently decrease a patient’s self-confidence.

A natural looking replacement at our clinic

Dental Implants In Richmond are custom made to each individual patient’s dental case. During an initial consultation at our clinic, our dental healthcare professionals will decipher the shade and shape of porcelain crown that best matches your teeth, to blend in with the natural surrounding teeth. Aside from looking natural, dental implants are also unrecognisable in the way they feel within the mouth.

Life benefits

Dental Implants In Richmond are a long term solution to tooth loss, and can last for more than ten years. Aside from their long term durability, dental implants can also help restore the appearance of a patient’s face. Having missing teeth can cause the face to slope, dental implants can prevent this from happening.

Dental Implants are not just used for tooth replacement!

Many patients may be unaware that implants are also suitable for denture stabilisation. Patients that come to visit our clinic may become frustrated with their loose dentures, dental implants may then be suggested by our dental team.

How can denture stabilisation help me?

Dental Implants eliminate the need for dental adhesive, they also allow patients to reduce speech impairment which can be caused by loose dentures.

How it works

In terms of the treatment process, after the initial consultation, a temporary implant is inserted within the jaw. Dental implantology could be considered a major dental procedure, and therefore takes time for the treatment to be complete. The implant itself is a tiny titanium screw which is used to replicate the root of the tooth, once the implant has fused with the bone, a temporary crown can be attached. After the bone and crown has ‘fused’, your long term crown fixture can be affixed!

How long do implants take to heal?

Although each dental case will vary greatly, as a general rule dental implants can take around six to nine months to completely heal.

What are Sheen Dental Implants In Richmond?

Dental Implants are a form of popular restorative dentistry that strives to replace and restore the function and aesthetic appearance of missing teeth. Dental Implants essentially consist of three aspects, one of which is the implant itself.

A sturdy base

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Arguably the most important part of Sheen Dental Implants In Richmond are the titanium screws which strive to mimic the natural root of the tooth. Titanium screws create a sturdy base for both the abutment, and the porcelain crown. Dental screws not only support the crown, but also stimulate the natural bone growth, maintaining the health of surrounding teeth.

Unique for you

The porcelain crown is matched uniquely to each of our individual patients. Patients may be concerned about the subtlety of their restorative dentistry, however they need not fear. The replica crown is matched perfectly to the shape of the surrounding teeth, as well as the shade.

Why choose our clinic to perform your Sheen Dental Implants In Richmond?

Picking a dental clinic from which to receive any form of treatment can be hard for many patients. Our dental clinic has heaps of experience, not just in the delivery of professional dental care, but in welcoming our patients. Our dental clinic delivers a high standard of dental care, using both modern and effective materials. The modern dental technology our dentists use ensure our patients receive the best possible dental results they can.

A dental clinic you can trust

Patients who are choosing a dental clinic to receive their dental treatment may base their decision heavily on trusted patient reviews. We believe that testimonials from our happy patients are a credit to our excellent level of dental care.

A wide range of options

Our dental clinic understands that all of our patients’ dental cases differ greatly. Some of our patients may have lost a tooth due to an accident, while some cases may be more severe. Our dental clinic strives to accommodate cases of all severities, this is why we offer implant dentistry for single, and multiple, dental implants.

For patients who are missing multiple teeth

Patients who are missing more than one tooth may be wondering whether they are still eligible for implant dentistry. If you are missing more than one tooth, our dentists may recommend an implant retained dental bridge.

How it works

An implant retained bridge is essentially several porcelain crowns bonded together using a special dental adhesive, which are supported by dental implants. The number of dental implants used depends on the number of crowns required; however, with multiple implants, two or more titanium screws are always used.

How to start your treatment

Patients may be wondering how to start their treatment at our clinic within Richmond. We offer all of our patients the chance to receive a free initial consultation. During an initial consultation patients can discuss the treatment they wish to receive, and any queries and concerns they may have.

Getting your teeth into the power of Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond

Shifting smiles

Over the past few years, here at Sheen Dental Implants, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented rise in the amount of new patients who are choosing to take the steps needed to restore their smiles. Never before have this amount of new patients, across all age demographics, taken the initiative to seek out our aid in installing Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond.  Speculation over the rationale behind this resurgence in dental engagement is generally attributed to the increase in the exposure that our smiles now have. With the rise in social media usage, as well as the smiles that are displayed to us on a daily basis through films, media and television, it is thought that more and more people are becoming increasingly aware of their own smiles, and how best they can improve them.

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The root of the problem

Whilst the number of new patients seeking out implants from us here at Sheen Dental Implants is steadily rising, there continues to be a large portion of society who still refrain from seeking out treatment. It is thought that more than twenty-seven million adults still live each day with one or more missing teeth across Britain. At Sheen Dental Implants, it is our pride and joy to restore the smiles and dental integrity of those who seek out our services.  We feel it is our duty to inform those who may require dental implant treatment but refrain from doing so, of the power and benefits that implants could bring to their lives. Unlike conventional treatments which are designed to replace teeth such as crowns or bridges, dental implants address the issue of gaps within the patient’s mouth at their root. This is by placing an artificial root within the jawbone of the patient, to allow the replacement tooth to be fused to their jaw in a way which looks and feels like a natural tooth. This artificial root is constructed from a titanium-alloy which is used for its unique ability to fuse itself within bone, and results in the tooth being firmly embedded in the patient’s jaw. Thus, dental implants installed by us here at Sheen Dental Implants are far sturdier and more durable than other methods of replacing missing teeth, and afford our patients all the freedom of natural teeth.

Structurally solid

Another benefit of choosing dental implant treatment is the procedures ability to preserve bone density and not alter the bone structure of the patient. Additional to this, having gaps within your mouth often results in reabsorption of bone tissue, due to understimulation. Implants keep the surrounding tissue stimulated in a way which is similar to natural teeth, and do not result in the facial structure of the patient becoming altered. Those who opt for dental implants through us here at Sheen Dental Implants may find it has a massively positive effect on their oral health and social well being as their ability to chew, speak and smile to their fullest potential is fully restored in a way which will endure for years to come.

Rooting out how you could benefit from dental implants in Richmond

A turning tide

In recent years, there has been an increasing trend across the county where patients of all ages are turning to cosmetic dentistry to boost the aesthetics of their smiles and maximise their dental health. Here at Sheen Dental Implants, we’ve seen a vast increase in the amount of patients seeking out further information on dental implants in Richmond and the positive impact that they can have on both their oral health and their self-esteem. Whilst the number of those turning to treatments such as dental implants are steadily rising, there continues to be a portion of potential patients who refrain from seeking out the life changing procedure out of fear, or misinformation around the procedure.  To combat this, we’ve collated vital information around what implants are, and how you could benefit from them.

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Getting to the root of things

Dental implants are a cosmetic solution to teeth which have been damaged beyond repair, or lost through accident or poor oral hygiene. Unlike similar forms of treatment for lost teeth, such as crowns or bridges, dental implants solve the problem at its root. This is done through creating an artificial tooth root from titanium-alloy that is surgically inserted into the patient’s jawbone. This artificial root is used to attach a replica tooth firmly in place in a way which is similar to how a natural tooth would be fused within your jaw. The results of dental implants both look and feel exactly like natural teeth, and are far sturdier than crowns or bridges, which are a prosthetic solution to gaps within your mouth.

Am I eligible for implant treatment?

Whilst the past few years have brought about a vast increase in the amount of new patients taking the initiative to seek out cosmetic dentistry solutions such as dental implants, there are still a staggering amount of people who live each day with an untreated missing tooth, or teeth. The first step to restoring your smile would involve a consultation with one of our implant team here at Sheen Dental Implants, to assess your eligibility for treatment. In order to successfully install dental implants, patients must have healthy, strong gums, and a jawbone which is sturdy enough to support the new root. Patients who have gum-related issues such as gingivitis may not be eligible for treatment at that time, which is why it is essential that patients undertake a consultation period prior to seeking treatment. Additionally, those who have experienced bone loss around their missing teeth may not be eligible for dental implants. Bone loss is caused by the surrounding tissue around the affected tooth being reabsorbed and dispersed by the patient’s body, often due to the gap being left untreated for a considerable amount of time. This can result in the entire facial structure of the patient becoming altered. However, here at Sheen Dental Implants, we’ve found that the vast majority of those who seek out implant treatment are eligible, and once they’ve finished their consultation, and providing they feel comfortable with the process, they will be well on their way to achieving a straightener, fuller and healthier smile.

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.