St Heliers Dental Implants For Teeth Restoration & Oral Health: Treatment Update

The practice’s updated services include the placement of titanium dental implants and ceramic or porcelain crowns for patients whose teeth have been damaged, infected, or are already missing. Since dental technology has improved dramatically in recent years, patients can regain both their proper bite function and their desired appearance – as dental implants are natural-looking, fully functional, and permanent: they should last for the patient’s lifetime.

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Dr Richards now offers this service for any patient whose oral health condition merits dental implants: periodontal disease can be a complicating factor that requires other treatment methods. Dental implants offer many long-term benefits to patients: for example, they can help protect remaining teeth from shifting and becoming loose by filling in the remaining gaps, while maintaining the fullness of a patient’s facial structure for a more youthful, vibrant appearance.

The market for dental implants in New Zealand is still in its infancy, but it is growing rapidly. According to a report from the Dental Council of New Zealand, the number of people receiving dental implants has grown by more than 50% since 2009. This growth is primarily attributed to the increasing availability of dental implants, as well as the rising cost of traditional dental treatments.

After a review of the patient’s medical history and assuming he or she maintains healthy gums, Dr Richards and his team can initiate a treatment plan for dental implants. Once the implants are attached to the individual’s jawbone, there is typically a healing period of up to six months. Initially, a healing cap is placed over the implant before a permanent crown – the only part that is visible – is fitted to the implant.

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Dr Richards also offers crowns and porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure used to help improve the appearance of the front teeth – thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the front of the teeth to cover any chips, gaps, discolouration, or other imperfections. Veneers are a longer-lasting alternative to traditional teeth whitening, and can also be used to change the shape or size of the teeth.

One happy patient commented: “Dave is a great dentist who is thorough, gentle, and reassuring. I needed extensive work after a long time avoiding dentists due to anxiety, and every visit was stress and pain-free. The whole team is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.”

Interested parties can learn about additional services at

Dr Dave Richards – Dentist St Heliers

Suite A/188 Saint Heliers Bay Road

New Zealand

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