Dental implants in Richmond are a permanent solution to replace your missing tooth or teeth. A lot of people experience tooth loss during their lifetime and some of the key causes of this include bad diet, poor oral hygiene which can lead to gum disease and cavities. This can lead to a loss of confidence and can impact on your ability to chew your food properly. The dental implant itself is a titanium screw and your dentist will insert this directly into your jawbone. The crown, bridge, or dentures will then get placed on top of the implant and create a new tooth. Looking to boost your confidence and enhance your overall appearance? Visit us at Sheen Dental Implants in Richmond where our professional staff will be happy to accommodate your needs and requirements.
How do dental implants work?
Before you can have your dental implants procedure, you will need to undertake a thorough consultation with your dentist to determine whether the treatment is suitable for you and if your jaw is ready for the procedure. It is therefore essential that you maintain good oral hygiene to keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible, as often people forget to do this and consequently cannot undergo the procedure. At the initial consultation your dentist will take imprints of your teeth and will take X-rays and these will help enable your dentist to decide the appropriate treatment plan for you.
At the first session of getting dental implants, the titanium screw will be inserted directly into your jawbone. You will be given local anaesthetic by your dentist to ensure a more comfortable experience for you. Once the screw has been inserted into the jawbone you will have a six to eight week gap between your first and second session. This is to ensure that the implant has time to fuse with your jawbone and essentially become a natural part of the jaw. The dental implant then acts as a root for the artificial tooth that is placed on top of it. At the second appointment the artificial tooth will be placed on top of the implant.
Once you have had your dental implant procedure you will be able to go home on the same day. You will experience some discomfort and pain at first and your dentist will provide you with painkillers which you will need to take regularly. You must also make certain to maintain good oral hygiene and eat soft foods to ensure that you do not get any infections around the treated area and you do not cause any damage to the implant and the new tooth.
Dental implants are not usually available under the NHS except for exceptional circumstances such as for patients who have suffered mouth cancer or other serious mouth diseases. You will therefore need to pay for your treatment privately. You will be able to speak to your dentist at your initial consultation about suitable payment plans that are available to you.