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Dental implants – The Top 5 Things You Need To Know

For those that rave about dental implants in Richmond or indeed anywhere else in the country, there are many more that are still unsure or are even a little sceptical of the process. With this in mind we thought that we would put together an article detailing the 5 top things you need to know about dental implants.


What actually is a dental implant?

The dental implant is actually made up of three separate components: the titanium rod or post which gets fastened down into the jawbone, the abutment which acts as a shock-absorber and a connector for the implant, and the porcelain crown. Usually carried out in several phases the fitting begins with the surgery itself. This is where the titanium post is inserted into the jawbone via a tiny incision in the gum line. After a period of recovery (usually 2-3 months) to allow for bone fusion to take place, the implant is then uncovered and is fitted with the abutment. Finally in phase three the porcelain crown is securely attached to the abutment.


A dental implant is the only form of tooth replacement that can prevent bone loss.

When we lose a tooth we also start to lose the bone that once surrounded the tooth root. Standard forms of tooth replacement such as dentures or bridges won’t halt this process and in fact can actually exacerbate it. On the contrary, because a dental implant mimics a natural tooth root it has the ability to re-stimulate surrounding bone tissue, thus halting the degeneration process once and for all.


Dental implants are longer lasting than any other form of tooth replacement

Unlike dentures or bridges, when dental implants are fitted and cared for properly they can last for many years. In fact it’s well documented that some of the first dental implants that were fitted in the early 1960’s are still going strong today. Dentures on the other hand have to be replaced every 10-15 years as the shape of the jaw bone changes.


Age is no barrier

If you’re considering dental implants in Richmond and are wondering whether you’re too old, then the good news is that most dentists will place more emphasis on the overall health and well-being of a person rather than their age. In fact it’s said that dental implants can really benefit older people by giving them improved nutritional choices that are not dictated to by their remaining teeth and dentures, younger looks, and improved confidence.


Dental implants are considered an investment in your overall health and well-being

Even though implants may be by far the most expensive type of tooth replacement, it’s well worth looking at the bigger picture. Once fitted they don’t require any special fixatives or glues to keep them in place and they only require regular brushing and flossing to maintain them. They can last in excess of 3-5 times longer than standard dentures and are incredibly natural looking. Most dentists will also offer you finance options to help you spread the cost of payments.


Hopefully this article has given you an insight into what dental implants are and how they can enhance your life. If you’re still unconvinced or unsure and want to know more about dental implants in Richmond then come and speak to us at Sheen Dental. We’ve been fitting dental implants for many years so why not contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, non-obligatory consultation today.

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