Losing your natural teeth whether through natural causes or accidental damage can be devastating and unfortunately the damage does not end there. The surrounding tissue and jawbone can, over time, begin to recede and the surrounding teeth can begin to shift out of their natural placement towards the gap, causing severe dental instability. The impact of this does not happen overnight, but does set in if left untreated and over time the facial definition can take on a sunken appearance. Whilst all this may sound very daunting, it is important to know that there are solutions to recreate your smile and all of us at the practice are here to support you.
Whether suffering from the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth, a couple of implants are all it takes to revitalise your beautiful smile.
Sheen Dental implants Richmond, what are they?
When looking into the idea of a dental implant it is first important to understand what it actually is. In simple terms, an implant is a small, titanium screw which is drilled into the jawbone to provide a stable post for a replenished or restored tooth. Whilst this may sound like an extremely invasive surgery, it is far from it and this simple procedure is frequently carried out in just one or two appointments. Visits to our practice therefore do not need to disrupt your life to any great extent.
The implant process
Once a discussion has taken place with our dental team regarding your possible tooth replacement options, a series of examinations, digital scans and in some cases X-rays will take place so as to ascertain whether Sheen Dental implants Richmond are the most suitable solution.
If you have sufficient bone depth within the affected area then as long as the overall oral hygiene is on form then it will be a simple matter of organising when the procedure will take place and a discussion on the process and possible side effects will be discussed. During this time it is important to ask any questions that you may have regarding the procedure.
For those whose jawbone has receded, it does not mean that the idea of the implant ends there. It may be that a bone graft is needed and therefore the process behind this option will be discussed. Using a bone graft, with the graft being either synthetic or a piece of bone being taken from another section of the body, can enable a patient to have dental implants, but this will always be discussed with you by your dental team.
Once we have had a consultation with you and the procedure begins, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area enabling our dental team to insert the Sheen Dental implants Richmond into the jawbone, providing a stable base for the tooth or teeth replacement. In some cases a temporary tooth will be attached to the implant so that whilst it heals you are not left with gaps in your smile. Check-ups to keep an eye on the healing process will be put in place and once a significant amount of healing has taken place the permanent tooth replacement will be fitted to the post, providing you with a natural-looking, confident and stable smile.
All treatments and procedures carry potential risks, it is, therefore, important to seek further information and advice from your local dental team before undergoing any.