Are you living with embarrassment about your smile due to lost teeth? Are you missing teeth and wear dentures, but are tired of messy denture adhesives and worrying about slippage? Are you experiencing pain due to broken or severely cracked teeth? You might be considering dental implants as a way to resolve these problems for you.
No matter which situation you’re in, Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, TX would like to educate you about dental implants to help you decide if they might be the right solution for your damaged or missing teeth.
Read on to learn 5 important signs that you may need dental implants.
1. You have a severely damaged tooth.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental implant might be your best option. Although dentists usually want to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, if the tooth is damaged badly enough, the best option might be an extraction and an implant to replace it. You can be certain a dental implant will look, feel and work just like your natural teeth.
2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.
It can be embarrassing to live with gaps from lost teeth, making you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. A dental implant will fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located. Most people will be unaware you have an implant unless you tell them and you may eventually forget you even have it due to their natural feel.
3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.
Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be an annoyance. For this reason, implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials. With a dental implant or implants you will no longer have to worry about your dentures becoming loose or falling out throughout the day when you are eating or talking.
4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).
Did you know that leaving empty spaces in your smile is bad for your remaining teeth and facial structure? Bone tissue will begin to deteriorate if the socket from which the tooth was lost is left empty. When an implant is placed in the socket of the jawbone, it acts as the root of the prosthetic tooth. Implants are made of titanium or zirconium and these materials naturally bond to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This means the root of the implant stimulates jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would, reducting the chance of the bone deteriorating over time.
5. You have a sunken-in look to your mouth.
If you have this, it means your jaw bone tissue has already begun to deteriorate, causing your mouth to shrink. You may have noticed this in a lot of older people that have been wearing dentures for some time. Since dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, it continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in this sunken-in, caved-in appearance of the mouth. Dental implants solve this problem by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant.
Dental Implants in Bedford, TX
Live in or near Bedford, TX? Call Davis Family Dental Care at 817.382.8869 for an implants consultation with Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis or Dr. Laura Drennan or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!