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Dental Implants – Things You Need to Know

If you’re missing teeth or even wear dentures then you might want to consider dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we’re carrying out more dental implant surgery than ever before. This modern day approach to missing tooth replacement has many benefits over conventional removable prosthetics.

Why tooth loss occurs

Periodontal disease which is a result of poor oral health triggers tooth loss. This advanced form of gum disease can result in a mass of problems including the loss of your teeth, if left untreated. Chronic periodontal disease can even lead to tissue and bone loss which support the teeth. If you’re experiencing red bleeding gums on a daily basis then you need to visit your dentist as soon as you possibly can.

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Tooth decay is also very prevalent in the modern western world and can be linked to processed food which is high in sugar and acidity and leads to a decline in oral health. Foods to avoid include biscuits and cakes, sweet cereals, pastries, marmalade and jam, dried fruit, and sugar laden fizzy drinks.

Dentures and bridges just don’t cut it

Dentures and bridges are aesthetically less pleasing than dental implants and given the chance most patients would opt out of cleaning dentures if they possibly good. It’s a fact that they are no longer appealing which is another reason why dental implants are so popular in modern dentistry.

Materials used in dental implants

The majority of dental implants are made from titanium since it works well with the body but according to each manufacturer the surface of the implants can range from that of a roughened etched surface to a titanium surface that is sprayed with plasma and coated with hydroxyapatite. The dentist will decide which type of dental implant is most suited to each patient.

Dental implant size

Dental implants range in size from according to where they are to be used in the mouth and for what purpose. Standard implants have a platform size between 3.5 and 4.2mm in diameter and are usually placed towards the front of the mouth. Wide implants which range between 4.5 to 6mm in diameter are placed at the back of the mouth. Narrow or mini implants which measure between 2-3.5mm in diameter are used for patients with a limited bone depth and are often utilised to support dentures. Everyone is different and some patients may even require custom implants depending on the size of their oral cavity.


It’s important to address tooth loss as quickly as possible since once a tooth is missing bone loss starts to occur and in order for an implant to be successful, then a bone graft may have to be undertaken prior to implants being placed.

If you’re tired of your dentures or bridge or have missing teeth, then a dental implant in Richmond could totally transform your life. Why not start the ball rolling with a free no-obligation consultation with our friendly dental team here at Sheen Dental. The number to ring is 020 8876 5277 or you can visit our website at to find out more.


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