Dental implants are arguably the best solution for severely damaged, broken, or missing teeth. According to WebMD, dental implants have a success rate of 98%. If you have dental problems and don’t know which dental solution to seek, here are six signs you may need dental implants.
1. Missing Teeth
Having a missing tooth or missing teeth is an obvious sign that you may need dental implants. Missing teeth can reduce your self-esteem thus preventing you from talking, smiling, or eating in public. Dental implants replace the missing teeth while looking, feeling, and functioning like natural teeth.
2. Severely Broken or Cracked Teeth
Having severely broken or cracked teeth is another telltale sign that you may need dental implants. Dental implants are especially necessary if your teeth are broken or cracked below the gingival line as well as if the broken or cracked teeth are damaging the pulp. Dental implants provide you with durable replacements for broken or cracked teeth.
3. Loose Dentures or Partials
Dentures and partials are also popular for replacing missing teeth. However, loose-fitting dentures or partials can easily fall off while eating or talking. Dental implants are a viable solution to loose dentures or partials as they fit properly and don’t fall off easily.
4. Jawbone Loss and Sunken Facial Appearance
The jawbone is preserved through chewing and biting. Missing teeth, especially in adults, can lead to jawbone deterioration. Jawbone loss can lead to a sunken-in facial appearance if not treated. Dental implants are made of titanium, which, easily bonds with jawbone tissues to prevent both jawbone deterioration and the development of a sunken-in facial appearance.
5. Difficulty Chewing Food
If you have problems eating food because of missing, cracked, broken, or other problems with your teeth, you may need dental implants. Since dental implants function like natural teeth, they will enable you to chew food without difficulty.
6. Infected or Decayed Teeth
You may need dental implant surgery if you have severely infected or decayed teeth that cannot be saved. A dentist will extract the affected tooth or teeth before replacing them with dental implants.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above signs, you may want to consider dental implants. Book an appointment with the friendly team at Lowell Dental Arts today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.