Dental Implants are essentially tiny titanium screws (typically they are less than one centimetre long) that are inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants are for patients who have lost one or multiple teeth within the mouth. Dental implants use screws that are then adhered to either porcelain crowns, dentures, or bridges (depending on your dental situation). The dental treatment you receive from us may be dependent on whether you have one or multiple teeth missing within the mouth. Before your dental treatment it may be suitable for you to have an initial consultation with us or another healthcare professional. If you are a patient who has only one tooth missing then a porcelain crown may be the best option for you.
What if I have lost several teeth within the mouth?
If you have lost either a few or a whole row of teeth within the mouth, dentures, or bridges may be your best option. Individuals who have lost several teeth and are considering dental implants in Richmond may opt for dental bridges, or dentures. Individuals who have lost a whole row of teeth within the mouth may be advised to get an overdenture (denture supported by several dental implants) or they may decide that a fixed bridge is a better option for them.
What if I have lost a tooth?
If you are considering dental implants in Richmond you may have lost a single tooth. Patients may have lost a tooth within the mouth for several reasons, one of which may be a fall or another form of incident. If you are a patient who has only lost one tooth, then your procedure with us should be extremely simple and successful. If you have lost a tooth or several teeth within the mouth, it may hinder your normal life routine.
Losing a tooth or even several teeth can cause extreme discomfort when you are completing daily tasks such as brushing and eating. Having a gap within the mouth can cause a build up of bacteria within it which can lead to a progression of more severe dental health concerns. It can cause surrounding teeth to attempt to move into the gap, which may lead to the need for further orthodontic work at a later stage in life. If you have lost one tooth then a dental implant can be inserted and a porcelain crown may be attached. Porcelain crowns have the benefit of possessing an extremely natural appearance and an easy dental after-care routine that is the same as the maintenance of your natural teeth.
Bridges and Dentures
Bridges are essentially dental implants within the mouth that can be used to support a set of several porcelain crowns. Fixed bridges within the mouth may be a second route for individuals who have previously received dentures. Dentures are a form of dental substitute that may be suitable for patients who have lost a whole row, or both rows of teeth within the mouth. Dentures have to be removed for cleaning and sleeping, hence why fixed bridges may be a better alternative. ‘Overdentures’ are essentially dentures that have been stabilised through the use of dental implants and are usually popular for denture patients.