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How Do Dental Implants Differ From Real Teeth?

One of the questions that is often asked by people considering dental implants in Richmond is how the implants actually differ from real teeth. The majority of people already know that dental implants look, feel, and function in the same way as natural teeth but in fact they are very different in several ways.

The most significant differences are the way in which they attach themselves to the surrounding bone, how they respond to dental disease, repair and maintenance.

Bone attachment

Real teeth fix into the jawbone by means of a periodontal ligament which consists of several collagen fibres which join into the bone on one side and the tooth on the other. Dental implants on the other hand fuse directly onto the bone. Gum tissue also uses collagen fibres to attach to the root of the tooth whereas in the case of dental implants the gum tissue can only stick to the surface of the implants.


Teeth are prone to tooth decay and can also require dental root treatment. Because implants are made from metal they do not decay or ever need any root canal treatment. Real teeth can also be affected by periodontal (gum) disease which can loosen them, whereas dental implants may be affected by peri-implantitis, which is an inflammation caused by a film of bacteria on the tissue surrounding the implants, which can lead to the bone that is attached to the implant disintegrating.


Both implant crowns and other false tooth replacements are by design very resilient. They can only be removed and replaced by your dentist so that should damage or wear mean they need replacing, this can be done without affecting the implant and its attachment to the bone.

However, you will still need to consider the maintenance of your dental implant. In Richmond, the hygienist at Sheen Dental will advise that thorough brushing and flossing is essential to keep the area free of bacteria and he or she may suggest particular types of toothbrushes and tooth paste. In addition your dentist will monitor your implants carefully to ensure that the implants are stable, and that the crowns, dentures or bridgework are functioning correctly.

If you’d like know more about dental implants in Richmond or to book a complimentary consultation with Sheen Dental then please call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk. We have a wealth of experience and have been fitting dental implants for many years.









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