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.
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.