9 Signs You Need a Dental Implant

Signs You Need a Dental Implant

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the right solution for you. Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement that is becoming increasingly popular because they offer many benefits over other options like dentures and dental bridges. If you are unsure whether or not dental implants are the right choice for you, read on for nine signs that you need them!

Do you have an infected tooth?

If so, then a dental implant may be the best way to replace it. An infected tooth can only be fixed with root canal therapy. However, the entire infection must be removed or the infection will only get worse over time. The only way to ensure that the infection is completely removed is to remove the infected tooth. Then, you can have the tooth replaced with a dental implant. A dental implant will give you a new, healthy tooth that looks and feels just like your natural teeth.

Do you have a broken tooth?

Again, a dental implant may be the best way to replace it. A broken tooth with mild to moderate damage can be fixed with a filling or a crown. More severe damage or damage to a tooth root, on the other hand, may not be adequately fixed with a filling or crown. In these cases, it is usually best to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. 

before and after dental implants

Do you have one or more missing teeth?

If you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants are the best way to replace them. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that looks and feels just like your natural teeth. They also do not require any special care – you can brush and floss them just like your regular teeth.

Do your dentures feel loose?

If your dentures are loose, then they are not doing their job properly. Dentures should be snug and comfortable, but if they are loose then they will rub against your gums and cause irritation. They will also make it difficult to eat and speak properly. Dental implants can help to secure your dentures so that you do not have to worry about them slipping or rubbing.

Do you have a dental bridge that is loose?

Like dentures, a dental bridge should be snug and comfortable. If your dental bridge is loose, then it is not doing its job properly and can cause irritation to your gums or damage to the surrounding teeth. Dental implants can be used to secure your dental bridge so that you do not have to worry about it slipping or rubbing.

Does your face have a sunken-in appearance?

Missing teeth can cause your face to have a sunken-in appearance, as the loss of teeth can lead to a lack of support for the cheeks, as well as bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants can help to prevent this by replacing the missing teeth and providing support for the jawbone. Not only do dental implants preserve the jawbone, but they also provide support to the cheeks to prevent the face from looking sunken.

Do you want to avoid dealing with dentures?

Dentures are a common tooth replacement option. However, they can be a hassle to deal with – they need to be removed and cleaned daily, and they can slip and rub against your gums leading to irritation. Not to mention that they can make eating and speaking difficult. Dental implants, on the other hand, are fixed in the mouth and do not require any special care – you can brush and floss them just like your regular teeth. If this sounds appealing, then it may be time to upgrade.

Do you struggle to chew food?

Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew properly, as the gap left by the missing tooth can cause food to get stuck. Poorly-fitting dentures or loose dental bridges can also complicate chewing. Dental implants can help you to chew properly by replacing the missing tooth and restoring function to your mouth. Since they are fixed in place, they also won’t slip and are extremely strong.

Do you feel insecure about your smile?

Missing teeth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile, especially if they can be seen while you talk, laugh, or smile. Dental implants can replace your missing teeth and give you a natural-looking smile that you can be proud of.

In Conclusion

These are just some of the signs that you may need dental implants. If you are missing teeth, have loose dentures or a dental bridge, or are struggling to chew properly, then dental implants may be the best option for you. They can give you a natural-looking smile and restore function to your mouth. So if you are considering tooth replacement, be sure to ask your dentist about dental implants.

Dan Davidian, DDS

Dr. Dan Davidian received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UNC School of Dentistry and  trained at Ohio State in advanced Airway Management. He Trained at the Medical College of Georgia and received his IV sedation Certificate as well as additional Advanced Life Support Training. Dr. Davidian holds a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists: ICOI and has additional training in: complete cosmetic restorations and makeovers, mini-dental implant restoration and placement for denture stabilization, same-day implant placement and restoration, and cosmetic and neuromuscular rehabilitation. 

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