Restore the gap in your smile

If you find yourself with a gap in your smile due to tooth loss, it might be time to go for dental implants in Richmond. Here at Sheen Dental Implants, we provide dental implants, whether you have one or multiple missing teeth, to help restore your smile.

Dental Implants in RichmondThe first step is to come in for a consultation, so we can assess your suitability for treatment. We need to make sure there is enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. After coming for a consultation and getting the ‘green light’ for treatment, you can begin to look forward to reaping the benefits of dental implants in Richmond.

Dental implants: the basics

Dental implants consist of titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. These are left to integrate, allowing the bone and blood vessels in the jaw to mesh with the implant. This is what separates dental implants from alternative treatments, they deal with what is going on below the gum line by mimicking the natural roots of the teeth.

While your implants integrate with the jawbone, a temporary restoration will be placed on top to fill the gap in your smile. Later a permanent crown can be attached to the implant using an abutment. This is made to match the rest of your teeth in shape and colour.

Reap the benefits

One of the biggest benefits of going for dental implants in Richmond is that they give you restorations that look and feel natural.

On top of this, if you go too long without treating your tooth loss, your jawbone will degenerate, leaving you with a sunken-cheeked look that ages you. Dental implants keep you looking youthful and healthy, and therefore allow you to smile, laugh, talk and eat with confidence.

If you look after your dental implants by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and not skipping out on your dental appointments, they can last for a lifetime. The porcelain crowns on top may need changing every 15 years or so but that’s a simple enough procedure.

Invest in dental implants in Richmond and look forward to a lifetime of improved oral health.

Solve the problem of loose dentures in Richmond

Are you a denture wearer? Are you getting a bit sick of your dentures coming loose? Does it seem like no matter how often you get your dentist to reline them, they’re loose again in no time, sliding around in your mouth, embarrassing you and costing you a fortune in not very effective denture adhesive? Would you like to find a way to get your dentures to stay put all day, every day?

Dentures in RichmondYou will be glad to hear that at Sheen Dental Implants, we have a procedure that can anchor your Richmond dentures to your jawbone so that they become more stable and secure than you have ever known them to be. It’s called denture stabilisation. Here’s how it works:

We put between 2-6 dental implants into your jawbone. You will need more on the upper jawbone to deal with gravity. We leave the implants in place for a few months so that they can become one with your jawbone. The bone will grow new tissue all over the implants to fuse them with and hold them in place.

When this has happened, we can then customise your dentures with attachments that will fit onto special connecting attachments that we will screw into your dental implants. Or you can have new dentures made by us.

You can have your denture permanently attached to your implants or you can continue to be able to remove it, give it a good clean and store it overnight so that you can give your gums a rest. It’s your choice.

Come and find out more

If you’d like to find out more about stabilising loose dentures in Richmond, why not come in for a free consultation with our treatment co-ordinator Lisa? She can talk you through the options available and if you want to know more, she can then book you in for a more in-depth consultation with our implant surgeon, Dr Harmit Kalsi.

Harmit has been an examiner with the Royal Collage of Surgeons since 2004. He will make a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw and work out a treatment plan for you.

How to get new teeth that behave like your old teeth

What everyone wants from replacement teeth is to be able to have them look, feel and act just like the much loved teeth they have lost. They need to look realistic, they need to be able to bite and chew properly and they need to feel like teeth in the mouth and not a contraption.

The best way to get all of the above is with dental implants in Richmond from us at Sheen Dental Implants.

Dental Implants in RichmondWhat are dental implants in Richmond?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are embedded into the jawbone. The embedded part is a tapered screw or post. This is inserted into a carefully sited and drilled channel. Once in place, the implant, which is made of titanium, catalyses new bone tissue growth all over it. Over the course of the next several weeks, bone and implant become fused together, making the implant as securely anchored (albeit in a different way) as a tooth root. It can now withstand chewing and biting forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is more pressure than most people exert.

The implants have an internal screw and a connecting piece called an abutment goes into this. Handmade porcelain crowns are then fitted onto the abutment.

Each dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so there is no need to have one implant for every lost tooth. Indeed, we have a technique called All-on-4 that allows us to use extra-long implants along the jawbone, along with 2 normal-length ones at the front. Between them they can support an entire arch of teeth.

Got loose dentures?

Another great technique is to use dental implants in Richmond to stabilise loose dentures. Dentures come loose because the bone and gum beneath them shrink. Having dental implants inserted and your dentures customised to fit onto them means you will once again be able to eat whatever you like and you will never have to worry about embarrassing wobbly teeth. You can still take your dentures out at night to clean them and to rest your gums.

To find out more about how dental implants in Richmond can help you, why not come in for a chat?

The taming of the dentures in Richmond

Good dentures fit your gums snugly. They look like your own teeth. The crowns protrude from gums that have all the subtle nuances of colour and shape of natural soft tissues in the mouth. And, of course, they chew well and stay put on your gums.

Dentures in RichmondWith modern denture-making technology, this form of tooth restoration is now so lifelike that it can be impossible to tell if someone is wearing dentures. At least, it can until the dentures start to lift up when they yawn, or slide around on the gums when they talk. Of course, if the teeth shoot right out of their mouths like that poor 102-year-old lady blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, the footage went viral, no one is going to think your teeth are your own.

Avoid the birthday cake blues

We’d all like to avoid that happening to us, and one way to sort out wayward dentures in Richmond is to get them stabilised with dental implants from us at Sheen Dental Implants.

How it works

We place between 2-6 dental implants into your jawbone, and then over the next few weeks, the titanium implants will fuse with the bone. Once this process is complete, the implants will be held as firmly in place by the bone as natural teeth would. How long this takes varies from person to person, but it is vital to the implant process, so be patient.

The next step is to fix your dentures in Richmond onto your dental implants. This requires a set of special attachments. We can either customise your current dentures, or we can make you a new bespoke set. Once they are in place, you will be able to use your dentures like they were real teeth, perhaps for the first time ever.

About implant surgery

Many people think that implant surgery is really difficult to go through, but this is not really the case. There are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth, so you really only need a local anaesthetic to numb the pain. That said, it can take an hour or two so we are happy to give you sedation to help you relax through the treatment.

Stay still! How to get obedient dentures in Richmond

If you are a denture wearer, you probably know how dentures are a bit like supermarket trolleys: they seem to develop a mind of their own after a few years use. Where once your dentures did as they were told, stayed put, chewed your food, and smiled when you smiled, now they seem to want to be centre stage at the most inappropriate moments.

Dentures in RichmondWe may write about the problem of wobbly dentures lightly here, but at Sheen Dental Implants we know that it’s no laughing matter. Having dentures in Richmond that don’t fit and slide around in your mouth can be very distressing indeed. Fortunately, we also know a great way to get your dentures in Richmond back under control, and more effective at their job than they have ever been.

Chewing power

The problem with dentures, no matter how well they fit, is that they rely on adherence to the gums to stay in place. Even at their best, dentures can only offer about 25% of the chewing power of natural teeth. Combine that with certain foods, such as rice, getting under the plate and that’s a lot of things off the menu.

These issues are compounded by the fact that as time goes on, dentures become looser, owing to the way the gums and jawbone both shrink back without the stimulation of the tooth roots to keep them renewing their cells. Denture adhesive is a messy and not very effective way of keeping them in place. We know a better way.

Dental implants to the rescue

Did you know you can use dental implants to secure your dentures? In Richmond, it takes 2-6 implants per jaw to keep dentures in place. At Sheen Dental Implants, we can even customise your dentures so that you don’t have to invest in a new pair.

You can also choose whether you want to continue to remove your dentures for cleaning or whether you would like them permanently fixed in place.

Why not come in for a consultation and see how we can make life with dentures in Richmond so much better?

Have you been told you can’t have dental implants in Richmond?

Whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants in Richmond depends very much on the state of your jawbone. The pressures created during biting and chewing are very powerful, up to 97kg or 200lbs. You will know how powerful the jaws can be if you have ever accidentally bitten your tongue or the inside of your cheek.

Dental Implants RichmondThe teeth are held in place by fibres that link them to the surrounding bone. Dental implants are held in place by the new bone tissue that grows tightly around them. But, like putting a screw into too thin plasterboard and then hanging a heavy mirror on it, you have to be sure there is enough strong, dense jawbone there to accommodate the implants.

People who have been missing teeth for a while, have suffered with advanced gum disease or have been long-term smokers often do not have enough bone material to support dental implants. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental Implants, we offer various treatments that can help solve this problem and give people access to the gold standard of tooth replacement.

Bone grafts

We take bone from elsewhere in your body, or use synthetic bone crystals, and put them into the area of the jaw where the implants are going. We either do this before or during implant surgery. Over time, the new bone material will mesh seamlessly with the bone already present and provide a firm base for the implants. In the upper jaw, we put the grafts into the sinus cavity, and this is called a sinus graft.

Bone expansion

The jaw shrinks when it no longer has tooth roots in it to stimulate bone cell renewal. If it is too thin to support dental implants, we can expand it carefully with a series of instruments, before filling the hole with bone graft material and putting in an implant.

If you have been told your jawbone can’t take dental implants, come and have a consultation. Times move on and what was once impossible might now be possible. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit before we can treat you.

Don’t miss out with dental implants in Richmond

When you lose a tooth or a few, you may start to find that you’re missing out on some of life’s simple pleasures. Your smile that you once didn’t even think twice about showing off, now may be a source of embarrassment due to unsightly gaps where your teeth once lived. A meal out with friends may no longer be something to look forward to, as you worry over whether you can chew half the items on the menu.

Dental Implants in RichmondSo, what is the best solution to restore your smile and full function to your teeth after tooth loss? Dental implants, by a mile. At Sheen Dental Implants we provide patients who have experienced tooth loss with dental implants in Richmond, so that they can enjoy the great life benefits. Let’s take a look at a few of the big ones.

Food, glorious food

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone. Here they encourage new bone and blood vessels to grow around them, providing an unrivalled level of stability when it comes to tooth restorations. Custom-made replacement teeth are then firmly secured on top, with the end result being a level of chewing power equivalent to natural teeth. This means you can bite into whatever foods you’d like, from crunchy apples to tough steaks, without the worry that your replacement teeth will slip about.

Smiles all round

Dental implants both look and feel natural. They are in fact the closest approximation to real teeth, replacing both the root and the crown. This means onlookers won’t be able to tell your real teeth from your fake ones, so you can smile with confidence once more.

Lifelong peace of mind

Dentures need replacing every 3-8 years. This is because the don’t replace the missing tooth roots, which causes the underlying jawbone to deteriorate, the face to change shape and ultimately the dentures to start to loosen and become uncomfortable. Dental implants protect the jawbone and with a good dental hygiene routine at home and regular dental check-ups, they can last a lifetime.

With so much to gain, why not call us to book your consultation for dental implants in Richmond?

Greater security for your dentures in Richmond

Many dental treatments are something of a journey that you have to take to get the results you want. When you experience tooth loss, it often takes a bit of time to complete the restorations that will support your life. At Sheen Dental Implants, we can support you with innovative solutions during this kind of life-changing treatment. We want a tooth replacement method like dentures in Richmond to enhance your life, so we offer our skills and experience to help you get the treatment you want and adapt to your new equipment.

Dentures in RichmondWhen you get dentures, your dentist will talk to you about the various benefits and challenges. You may recognise some of those discussed below. Keep reading though and you’ll see how Sheen Dental Implants can improve your experience of dentures in Richmond.


Once you have a denture, it takes time, patience and practice to fully adapt to using it. To begin with, you may feel like your mouth is a bit full or your dentures are too big. This is normal, and the sensations will fade as you get used to your new equipment.

It’s also common for people to feel like their dentures are a little insecure and could slip out. This is because it takes a little time for the jaw to get used to the slight grip that you need to apply to dentures. It should not be an uncomfortable clench, but it does take a little pressure that you do not need with natural teeth. If you find this tricky, you can use a dental adhesive at first. Over time, you should not need to do this very often.

How can Sheen Dental implants improve your experience?

At Sheen Dental Implants, we can offer you an even better solution. We work with people with existing dentures in Richmond to offer them more security using dental implants. Using implants to anchor your dentures removes the need for any special techniques, adhesives or worries. We can assess the conditions in your mouth and decide if this is the solution you have been looking for if you get in touch with us today.

Healthier you with dental implants in Richmond

Self-care is a skill that many people are neglecting in the modern world. Somehow, taking time out to look after yourself has come to be seen as a waste of time. Spending time and energy on self-improvement is well worth the investment if you choose the right kind of assistance. Some dental treatments, like dental implants in Richmond for example, offer patients more than a single benefit. They have a knock-on effect across their life and health that makes the whole process worthwhile.

Dental Implants in RichmondIf you have a dental issue like missing teeth, you can talk to us at Sheen Dental Implants. We can help you gain the knowledge you need to feel motivated about getting your teeth replaced. Part of this will focus on the benefits you will experience once your dental implants in Richmond are in place. We will also talk in-depth about the procedure itself, so you are prepared, and we can address any concerns you might have.

Dental health

There are several problems that you are likely to experience if you do not have the gaps in your smile filled. Tooth sockets are more prone to infection than other areas. It’s also harder to keep an incomplete set of teeth clean. Poor oral hygiene can cause any number of issues further down the line and lead to more tooth loss. Finally, you may think that once you have a gap, that’s it and it won’t affect the surrounding teeth. On the contrary, the teeth either side of any gaps can slowly begin to drift into the empty spaces. This can affect your bite and the overall appearance of your smile.

Getting dental implants in Richmond halts and reverses the trouble caused by missing teeth.

Psychological health

You will derive more from your dental implants than the physical repair of your smile. You will feel the boost in confidence that comes with knowing that your teeth look great again. Some people restrict their lives when they have missing teeth for practical reasons as well as psychological ones like low self-esteem. These issues fade away once dental implants are in place. We look forward to assisting you with this at Sheen Dental Implants.

A new-found freedom

People have always lost teeth. For millennia, mankind has been on a quest to replace them in order be able to eat and speak properly again. Archaeologists have found human remains of people with denture-like fixtures in their mouths that go back to the Etruscans in 700BC. But even though humans have been wearing dentures ever since, it is only in the last couple of decades that we have found a way to stop them wobbling about in our mouths or popping out entirely at the most inappropriate moments. Now you can get your dentures in Richmond stabilised by fixing them to dental implants.

Dentures in RichmondAt Sheen Dental Implants, giving people implant-retained dentures in Richmond gives us a great deal of pleasure. We get to see people who have put up with the hassle, inconvenience and downright embarrassment of dentures that won’t behave themselves rediscover the pleasures of eating what they like and laughing without worrying about dentures sliding around or falling out.

How we stabilise your dentures in Richmond

You come to us and we can customise your current dentures, or you can get a new set made. We add special fixtures to the undersides of them and these attach to the dental implants.

We put 2-6 dental implants into your jaws. This involves minor oral surgery that can easily be performed under a local anaesthetic as there are far fewer nerve endings in the jaw than in the teeth. We cut a flap in the gum and carefully drill an artificial socket into the bone into which we screw an implant. Sometimes we can also use mini implants that go straight through the gum.

We leave the implants to fuse with the bone. This can take several weeks to a few months and is a vital part of the process. After that we can attach your dentures to the implants.

You can still take your dentures out to clean them and to rest your gums at night, but you will find you can eat what you want and have your freedom back when it comes to talking and laughing.