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Warning Signs You May Need Dental Implants

18th May 2020

If you find it painful or embarrassing to speak and show your teeth in front of others or are currently using dentures and are looking for a resolution that doesn’t require as much maintenance, then dental implants could be for you. 

Dental implants can be used as a permanent solution to uncomfortable or possibly harmful issues. If you have regular checkups and good dental hygiene there is no reason why your dental implants can’t last as long as natural teeth. 

There are many warning signs that can indicate its time to look at a more permanent solution and these warning signs can vary from dangerous to mildly annoying. In this article we take a look at the potential warning signs that you may need dental implants.

 

What are dental implants?

Essentially a dental implant is a replacement tooth (dental prosthesis) custom-made for the individual.

Dental implants are a seemingly natural alternative to dentures, albeit much more permanent. They are used widely and are a popular choice amongst patients and practitioners, and there’s no wonder why. 

The implant, usually a titanium peg, is surgically placed into the jaw bone and after a healing period, this fuses with the surrounding bone to provide a firm foundation to support the replacement teeth. The dental prosthesis is a custom-made crown, bridge or denture which are either fitted permanently or so they can be removed for cleaning.

There are a number of options available including:

– Single tooth implant
– Implant supported bridge
– Full arch implants
– Implant retained dentures

 

Signs You Need Dental Implants

  1. Severely cracked tooth or broken teeth that cannot be salvaged

Unlike dentures dental implants look to maintain bone and prevent further bone loss. Implants replace the roots of a missing tooth and not just the tooth, helping to strengthen the jaw bone while dentures can contribute to facial sagging. Based on the severity of your broken or cracked tooth your dentist will determine the best course of action after examining it. If an implant is needed, rest assured, it will look and function just like your natural teeth.

 

2. Missing one or more natural teeth

Missing teeth can be embarrassing and it can also make you feel self conscious as well as making it difficult to eat and speak, however there is a solution. Dental implants are fully functional prosthetic teeth designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Your dentist will choose an implant that matches the colour of your own teeth and you’ll be able use the tooth to eat as normal, so no one will ever be able to tell the difference. Once the implant is in place your smile will be restored and you’ll feel more confident.

 

3. Difficulty chewing, speaking or moving because of missing teeth

While your natural teeth should last you a lifetime, if they have not been cared for properly you can be at more risk of cavities, gum disease and potential tooth loss. Damaged teeth can also make it painful to eat certain food, cause speaking difficulties and in some cases cause patients to feel embarrassed. Dental implants are a great solution for this as they act as natural teeth, enabling you to eat a variety of foods with ease, pronunciate words and improve your confidence.

 

4. Loose fitting partials and loose fitting dentures

Dentures require quite a lot of maintenance including daily removal and cleaning and the use of an adhesive. Because of this it can be tricky to get them in exactly the right place, making them feel loose and uncomfortable. Dental implants are a great alternative as there is no risk of them feeling loose or falling out when you’re eating or speaking. Unlike dentures, implants can be cleaned the same way that you clean your teeth – by brushing twice daily and flossing.

 

5. Bone loss in the jaw area

Bone loss in the jaw area can occur when there are missing teeth without roots. Without the tooth and root the bone tissue can begin to erode. Implants help resolve this issue as when they are in place they act as an artificial tooth root and help prevent the deterioration of jaw bone tissue and the appearance of a sunken or saggy face. The dental implants are typically made of titanium and zirconium which bonds to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. So dental implants not only appear like natural teeth but they act like them too.

 

What’s the first step to being more confident in your smile?

The first step in being more confident in your smile is by making an appointment with your dentist. To make an appointment and to find out more about dental implants, give us a call on 01709 917666.

 

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