The Best Of Both Ways To Replace Missing Teeth

Smiling man showing missing lower front toothTeeth are vital to our wellbeing and it is only when we start to lose them that we realise just how dependent the entire body is on having good teeth to chew nutritious food. People who lost more than just one or two teeth in a row quickly find that they have to limit the scope of their diet, cutting out crunchy, chewy foods that often are the vehicles for the nutrition we need to function at optimum capacity. That’s why people who have lost a good few teeth often have the rest removed, so that they can make way for the benefits of dentures in Richmond.

In Richmond, dentures are only half the story for teeth replacement – the top half. That’s because dentures only replace the crown of the tooth and not the root, and over time dentures become loose, once again making it hard to eat enough of the right foods to be well-nourished. However, in Richmond, dentures at dentists such as Sheen Dental Implants come with built-in stability. In fact, the stability is built into the patient’s jawbone by inserting dental implants.

Here’s how it works: patients usually receive between two and six dental implants in the upper and lower jawbones. There are usually more in the upper jawbone because it has to hold the dentures in place against the force of gravity. The implants are inserted by an implant surgeon, under local anaesthetic and nervous patients may also receive sedation.

The patient goes away for a few weeks to allow the implants to fuse with the jawbone. During this time, their dentures are being made. They will look as lifelike as possible and may even be copied from good photographs of the patient, or impressions of their own they had made and have stored away just for this moment.

The patient returns to the clinic and special fixtures are attached to the implants. The dentures are attached to these, and can either be there permanently or can be removable for cleaning, like traditional dentures in Richmond. Either way, the patient gets the full function of their mouth back and the implants should keep it that way for the rest of their life.