As dentistry evolves, we are given more choices. One area that has 30% more choices than before is that of replacement teeth. For centuries, the only option was dentures, made of wood, dead people’s teeth, rubber, you name it. Then it became possible to replace the odd missing tooth or 2 with fixed bridgework. For the past 30 years or so, there has also been the option to replace lost teeth with dental implants. In Richmond, we offer these at Sheen Dental Implants.
Since they first became available in Richmond, dental implants have become more and more popular. Now they are most people’s first choice when they have lost teeth to replace.
The popularity of Richmond dental implants
There are several reasons why dental implants are people’s first choice for replacement teeth. They all boil down to the fact that dental implants are replacements for the roots of lost teeth. Dentures and fixed bridgework only replace the crowns.
Going back to the roots
Roots are what give teeth their stability. And they need it. When we chew, our jaw muscles can bring our teeth down on our food with as much force as 97kg or 200lbs. That’s a lot of power and not something that can be achieved with dentures. Well, they might be able to come down with that power, but they probably won’t be able to come back up again, as they rely on suction to the gums for their stability. That only gives about 25% of the chewing power of real teeth. Imagine trying to eat something that requires a lot of chewing power, like a steak with only a quarter of the force needed. You’d end up having to suck it.
Dental implants in Richmond anchor the teeth into the jawbone and this means that you can eat whatever you like and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing slippage when you talk and laugh.
Also, they last for a very long time, at least 15 years, and often for decades, if not lifetimes. And with handmade porcelain crowns, the white parts are indistinguishable from natural teeth.