If you or a loved one has suffered from periodontal disease and have lost or are facing the removal of one or more teeth, don’t despair, there is a solution. In Richmond, dental implants can fully restore your missing teeth and give you back your smile.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease starts as inflammation of the gums. Periodontal bacteria live naturally in the mouth, but when they breed in the small gaps between teeth and under the gum line due to a build-up of plaque and possible food debris, this can quickly lead to infection. Gingivitis is the most commonly known infection and is often left untreated because it’s painless. Bleeding gums when brushing is a symptom of gingivitis, and you should see your hygienist as soon as possible if this occurs. Many people avoid hygiene appointments, however, and if you have now contracted periodontal disease, you may well be feeling terrible about the consequences.
Thankfully you can breathe a sigh of relief if you have lost teeth. Richmond dental implants can be fitted by your dentist to restore one, several or even all of your teeth. Dental implants aren’t actually replacement teeth, instead they are an additional extra to ‘false’ teeth. Your natural tooth has a root that anchors your tooth in place within your jawbone. This rooting action provides strength and stability, allowing as much 171 pounds of bite force in the average person’s molar teeth. Dentures, bridges and crowns alone cannot replace this action, which leads to some of the lifestyle compromises you’d be making when wearing these replacements. Dental implants are a substitute for your root, anchoring your teeth replacements in place and giving them the same strength and stability of your natural teeth. This combination restores the full look and function, so that only you and your dentist will know you have implants fitted.
Dental implants in Richmond require good bone density and healthy gum tissue for them to be successful. Your dentist may need to carry out some preliminary treatment to restore density and remove any infection. Once this is done, they can restore your teeth.
If you would like to know more, contact us at Sheen Dental Implants for a consultation.