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.
You 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?