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Safe Dental Implant Placement and The Possibilities Of Nerve Repositioning

Whether you undergo a dental implant in Richmond or anywhere else in the country provided you seek a reputable and highly experienced clinic then it’s likely to be a long term solution to your missing teeth problems. However well before implants are placed, there are various preparations and diagnostics that might have to be carried out to ensure a smooth and safe dental implant process. One such treatment may be nerve repositioning.

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So what exactly is nerve repositioning?

Nerve repositioning is generally carried out when an implant needs to be positioned at the back part of the lower jaw. This is especially true when there is insufficient or low-quality jaw bone in which to attach the implant to. The reason is that this is where the inferior alveolar nerve is housed. The nerve’s function is to provide sensation to the chin and lower lip Therefore to avoid it being damaged when an implant is being placed, it may need to be repositioned.

Is it a difficult process?

Here at Sheen Dental, we’ve been successfully carrying out dental implants in Richmond for many years and as such have carried out a wide variety of preparations such as bone grafts and nerve repositioning. We can say from experience that although it isn’t carried out that often it is a relatively simple process. A small hole is drilled down into the jawbone in order to gain access to the alveolar nerve. This is then safely repositioned and the implant is placed through the bony canal that was once filled by the nerve.

So are there risks involved?

Like any surgery, there are risks and in this instance, there is a possibility of damaging the nerve when moving it. This may lead to a loss of sensation in the lower lip and chin. A highly experienced dentist dealing in dental implants in Richmond will evaluate the risks involved before they make any type of decision regarding implant placement. They’ll also communicate the risks with the patient before any preparations are made. Once the risks are assessed, then they’ll decide whether an implant is the best way forward or not.

If you want to find out more about nerve repositioning or anything else regarding undergoing a dental implant in Richmond and how it can change your life, then contact Sheen Dental. Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at to book your free no obligation consultation today.


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