Patients who are missing one or more teeth due to an accident, gum disease, or old age, can take advantage of dental implants. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth.
At Sheen Dental, we are proud to offer dental implants in Richmond, a popular and reliable tooth replacement treatment. Most patients are eligible for dental implants as long as they are in good health and have enough bone tissue left in their jawbone. However, as with every dental treatment, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration before you decide to undertake an implant surgery.
Why choose dental implants?
Since dental implants are fused to the jawbone, they provide a superior level of support. With dental implants in Richmond, you don’t need to worry that your replacement teeth will become loose or slip out of place while you speak, eat or laugh. Moreover, dental implants help protect the jawbone from deterioration and encourage the growth of new bone tissue in the jawbone. This not only avoids the aged look that results from sunken cheeks and puckered lips, but also protects healthy teeth against further tooth loss.
Things to consider before having dental implants
To determine whether you are eligible for dental implants in Richmond, our experienced dentists will take several factors into consideration. Suitable candidates should be in good dental health, and should not suffer from gum disease or tooth decay. Your overall health should also be thoroughly assessed. Conditions that could put you at higher risk during surgery, such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes, need to be controlled prior to your operation. Smokers will need to refrain from their habit for several weeks before and after the surgery, since smoking can compromise the healing process. Last but not least, because sufficient bone structure is required to support dental implants, jawbone density is a major factor in determining implant candidacy. However, if you have lost a considerable amount of jawbone, you can still have dental implants with alternative techniques such as All-on-4 or denture stabilisation.