Have some questions about dental implants? Your top 5 FAQs answered by Sheen Dental

When you lose a tooth, it can be a very distressing experience.

Regardless of your age, the cause of the loss or even the condition of your other teeth, the loss of a tooth or teeth can result in you feeling less than confident when you smile, which frankly, is not good.


While there is always the option to have dentures or bridges fitted, many people find that these prosthetic options often cause issues in relation to movement, stability and comfort. Even with dental adhesive, dentures are prone to moving, causing sore spots to form along the gum line. And, of course, fitted bridges can put additional pressure on any natural surrounding teeth, potentially causing them to crack.

So, what can you do? Luckily, there is a way to overcome tooth loss without the concern of sore gums, movement or discomfort.

When you visit our team at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond for a solution to missing teeth, our team may recommend oral implants. Secure, practically permanent along with looking natural, oral implants are taking the place of dentures when it comes to concealing gaps in the teeth. Once fitted, they can last for years and, unlike dentures, you are not going to forget where you put them! Top marks on all counts!

Have some questions about oral implants? Of course, you do! Here, our team at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond answers your top 5 FAQs.

What happens during the fitting?

The fitting of oral implants at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond is divided into 2 segments.

If you are deemed suitable, we will fit the implants to your jaw, which involves a bit of drilling and some very delicate precision. Once placed, your gums line will be sewn up with temporary stitches and you will need to wait for 3-6 months for the next step.

Once fused to your jawbone, our team will then place a crown (false tooth) on top of your implant, completing the treatment.

How long does the healing process take?

After the initial placing of the implant, the healing process can take up to a month.

Your gums have to heal and after an implant fitting, that can take a little while depending on your body’s ability to heal itself!

Does having implants fitted hurt?

Our team will always ensure that your gums are numbed before beginning the fitting of an implant. You may notice a feeling of minor bruising and soreness around the implant site; this is normal and should be controllable with over the counter painkillers. If it isn’t, seek medical advice immediately.

Can anyone have them?

If you have good oral health, have sufficient jawbone and are over the age of 18, then you are probably suitable for implants. If you have dental issues or have damage to your jaw, our team will be able to suggest a suitable alternative.

Will it be expensive?

When you come to Sheen Dental for implants, you may be suitable for one of our financing options, to help spread the cost. Just ask our team for more information.