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I Don’t Have Sufficient Bone For Dental Implants

The main criteria for dental implants is for there to be sufficient bone to place the implant into. If when seeking a dental implant in Richmond, or anywhere in the UK, you’ve been told that your bone is too thin, then don’t worry, you certainly aren’t the first person to receive this news. In most cases bone can be re-built and if you don’t have enough gum, this can usually be increased too.

Are you familiar with the saying “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. Well this is certainly the case with your jaw bone. When your teeth are in place your tooth roots are busy stimulating the bone on a daily basis and this keeps it thick and tall. Once you lose a tooth then the bone starts to shrink away because it is no longer being used, and this happens even with the loss of just one tooth. The bone will disappear from where your tooth once was but still remain intact in neighbouring areas.


Dental implants act like a substitute tooth root. They’re placed directly into the jaw bone and after a period of time the titanium implant fuses with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. This then forms a strong and stable platform to hold a prosthetic crown or arch of teeth. In addition, the implant helps to preserve your jawbone by stimulating the surrounding bone and preventing the shrinkage that occurs with bone loss. This unfortunately is not the case with partial bridges or dentures.


So what’s the best thing to do?

The best answer to this is prevent bone loss in the first place by replacing a lost tooth with an implant on the same day (immediate dental implant) or certainly within the first 6 months of having lost it. This will greatly reduce the cost of your dental implant surgery and, besides saving you money, will save on time and reduce the chances of possible complications occurring, which they can do.


If you’re about to undergo a tooth extraction or have lost a tooth or teeth, then contact us as soon as you can to arrange a free-initial consultation whereby we can discuss in depth just what dental implants in Richmond entail and answer your questions or concerns. You’ll also get to meet the team led by Dr. Harmit Kalsi and get to view the premises and our state-of-the-art equipment. Call us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to find out more.

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