How do you know it may be time to consider dental implants? You may be considering this for any number of reasons. Perhaps you have been feeling self-conscious about missing teeth? Maybe you are considering a dental bridge, which is an artificial tooth anchored by crowns on two healthy teeth. Or if past bridgework is giving you problems, you may need dental implants instead.
Dental implants are made of titanium. This way, the new tooth or teeth will fuse to your bone. Dental implants help with regaining chewing ability, jaw, and mouth health, and will put a healthy smile on your face. So if you are experiencing any of the following problems, it just may be time to consider dental implants.
Faulty Dentures or Bridgework
Dentures are made to be put in and out of your mouth to imitate the way teeth function. They rely on adhesives to stay attached to your gums. As useful as dentures can be, they can cause many issues in your mouth if they do not fit properly. Some of these issues are difficulty speaking well, trouble chewing, and gum pain and deterioration. Dentures can also be challenging to keep clean and in good condition.
Bridgework can also cause mouth problems. Bridges are another type of artificial tooth used to fill a space where a real tooth was. They rely on the teeth surrounding them, and the gums, for support. Bridges can also trap food, and trapped food can lead to tooth decay and may require the bridge to be fixed or adjusted. Since the bridge does not have an actual root in the gums, it can cause jawbone deterioration and change the shape and wellness of your gum tissue.
Dentures and bridgework are not lifetime solutions for tooth trouble. You may have many trips to the dentist to have them fixed or adjusted based on the changes in your mouth they may cause. Dental implants, however, act as real teeth and are inserted directly into the jaw. They have no reliance on surrounding teeth. They are more easily cleaned and maintained. Dental implants keep your gums healthy by imitating the presence of roots, so in response, your gums will not degrade due to the absence of bone formation.
Do you have missing or severely damaged teeth?
Missing or damaged teeth can make anyone feel self-conscious. If you have a gap in your teeth or a decaying tooth, it can also cause discomfort in your mouth. These issues can make it harder for you to speak well or eat. It also makes you more likely to develop gum disease and bone loss.
Dentures and crowns only fix these issues partially. Although they will return your smile and ability to chew, they too will need adjusting and fixing in time. An advantage of dental implants is that dentures and bridges only imitate the presence of a tooth and sit on the outer gums, while dental implants act as real teeth and are “rooted” in the gums. They provide real support in the long term for your gums and mouth from the jawbone. If you are experiencing missing or damaged teeth, don’t let the problem deteriorate over time. Instead, it may be time to talk to your dentist about dental implants.
Are you experiencing jaw pain or deterioration?
Tooth problems and faulty treatments can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and unhealthy or missing teeth can affect the rest of your jaw. When your teeth are unhealthy, your jaw and gum health will become poor and cause more discomfort inside of your mouth. With poor mouth health, your gums may become swollen, diseased, and shrunken when teeth are not healthy or in their proper place.
When your gums shrink, this will also cause bone loss in your jaw bone. It puts your entire mouth in danger of disease and degradation due to the lack of support. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone to keep it from shrinking away and promote a healthy mouth and gums by replacing missing, damaged, or unhealthy teeth.
If you have been experiencing any jaw pain and discomfort in your mouth or feeling self-conscious due to damaged or missing teeth, it may be time to consider dental implants. Other options may be a short-term fix, but they can create long term problems. Dental implants are a safe, long-term, safe, and effective way to a healthy mouth and smile, and to help prevent disease in your mouth.