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Dental Implants Aren’t What They Used To Be

Dental implants in Richmond and all over the UK are gaining even more popularity and you could be mistaken for thinking they were a fairly new invention. However, implants are far from new, and thanks to discoveries by archaeologists we know that thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians used very basic dental implants in the form of sea shells hammered into the gum line. Today, dental implants are far more sophisticated and suitable for a great many people.


When you undergo treatment for a dental implant you can expect to be treated by a team of dental professionals which may include a general dentist, a periodontist and an oral surgeon. There may also be a prosthodontist in the team, and he is the specialist who makes the crown, bridge or dentures which will be used in conjunction with your dental implant.


If you’ve been considering a dental implant in Richmond, then here at Sheen Dental, and similar to most other dental clinics, we would need to meet with you and determine whether you are in fact a suitable candidate. Unfortunately not everyone will have the right gums, teeth and bone for dental implants and in cases where an individual has gingivitis or the early signs of gum disease, then this will have to be dealt with by the dentist before implants can be considered.


Other people who may not be suitable for dental implants include people who smoke, a person with some sort of auto immune disease, and anyone with uncontrolled diabetes. If you’ve had radiation to the neck or head then you may also not be suited to dental implants.


Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and individuals who have had missing teeth for weeks, months and even years are often able to take advantage of this treatment. Implants offer a long lasting natural looking replacement to a missing tooth or teeth which is far more comfortable than dentures.


In the event that a person is found not to have sufficient bone in which to place a dental implant then this can often be remedied with a bone graft. This does incur additional costs and will lengthen the treatment time, but the wait is worth it. You needn’t worry that you’ll be left with no teeth during this period, since your dentist will supply you with a denture or bridge until the dental implants can be placed.


If you’d like to be considered for dental implants in Richmond, or indeed would like more information regarding the treatment, then why not call and book a free no-obligation consultation. The number to ring is 020 8876 5277 or you can visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk for more information.

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