Dental implants offer a permanent solution for those who suffer from one or more missing teeth, making it possible to enjoy restored dental function and appearance.
Dental implants can be life changing for those who undergo this treatment, but it isn't right for everyone. Dr. Neil L. Starr can examine your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.
Here, we take a closer look at five signs that can indicate dental implants are right for you. For more information, please contact our Washington, DC practice.
1) Tooth Loss
Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons, most often as a result of tooth decay or trauma.
Whether one tooth or multiple teeth are missing, tooth loss can make it difficult to eat and speak clearly. If left untreated, tooth loss can lead to further problems. The remaining teeth may shift and create gaps and the jawbone may begin to dissolve.
One of the best ways to protect oral health after tooth loss is to replace missing teeth with dental implants.
2) Loss of Bone
Long term tooth loss, advanced gum disease, and prolonged denture wear can lead to a loss of bone tissue within the jaw.
The area of the jawbone surrounding and supporting the teeth, called the alveolar bone, needs regular stimulation from the pressure of the teeth biting and chewing. Once teeth are lost, the alveolar bone won't be sufficiently stimulated. As a result, the bone will begin to atrophy.
Dental implants prevent bone loss by acting as an artificial tooth root, providing the necessary stimulus for the alveolar bone to stay intact. If bone loss has already occurred, a bone graft may be performed prior to dental implant treatment.
3) Problems with Removable Dentures
Removable dentures are a commonly used treatment for replacing full arches of teeth. Although they provide immediate results, many people who wear traditional dentures face problems with the effectiveness and comfort of their dentures.
Patients that wear dentures can find relief with dental implant treatment. Dentures may be anchored within the mouth using dental implants. Implant-supported dentures enable denture wearers to enjoy secure, comfortable tooth replacement without the need for messy adhesives.
4) Difficulty Eating or Speaking Due to Tooth Loss
Tooth loss can make it difficult and sometimes painful to eat. When even one tooth is missing, eating certain foods, like hard corn chips or tough meats, can be a challenge and may irritate the gums.
Those with significant tooth loss may also have difficulty speaking clearly. Some may find their speech slurs or they have trouble clearly enunciating.
Those who have difficulty eating or speaking because of tooth loss often benefit from replacing their missing teeth with dental implants.
5) Severely Damaged Teeth
Damaged teeth can sometimes be repaired with dental fillings or dental crowns, but sometimes dental damage is too severe to be saved with either treatment. Instead, tooth extraction may be necessary to restore oral health.
For those facing tooth extraction due to severe dental damage, dental implants are one of the best treatment options. Not only can dental implants restore dental function, they also restore the appearance of the smile, prevent bone loss, and help preserve oral health.
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If you have any of the five signs that dental implants may be for you, we encourage you to call our team at (202) 293-7177 to schedule a consultation.