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There’s no getting away from the fact that whether you undergo treatment dental implants in Richmond, or anywhere else in the country, they’re an incredibly effective way of replacing missing or broken teeth. They can restore full function unlike any other form of tooth replacement and they are the nearest thing that modern dentistry has to natural looking teeth with regards to look and feel.

However as good as implants are, they do require a lot of planning and preparation and in fact the fitting of the implant itself is really only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ or the ‘icing on the cake’ to coin a couple of phrases. In addition a lot of the treatment is about what’s going on around the implant. Let’s explain.



Bone grafting


If a patient’s tooth or teeth have been missing for a while, then there is a good chance that they will have experienced bone degeneration. This occurs naturally after any form of tooth loss and continues until an implant is placed. However in order for certain dental implants to be fitted they need sufficient bone height and density in order to secure the implant into. If it isn’t there, then the implant won’t have a sufficient platform upon which to fit the prosthetic crown and over time could become loose and eventually fall out. For this reason a bone graft may have to be carried out first of all to build up the bone layers before any implant can be fitted. This can take up to 9 months to heal in some people and is a necessary part of the process.

Gum contouring

Although you’ve probably read a lot about dental implants you may not have read so much about gum contouring. In essence when your natural tooth is in place it has a supporting root which also gives contour to the gum. When the tooth is missing then the natural contour of the gum starts to diminish fast. This isn’t so important when the missing tooth is at the back of the mouth but when it’s at the front and you smile, a lack of gum may be an issue for some people. Here at Sheen Dental we like to discuss all the options with our patients before undergoing treatment for dental implants in Richmond and this is why we undertake a thorough consultation process.

If you want to find out more information on how dental implants in Richmond can enhance your life then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, no obligation consultation today.

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