Dental implants are an excellent solution for missing or damaged teeth.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be a good treatment option for you. Dental implants help to restore both the function and aesthetics of your smile and are often a highly effective treatment. Read on to find out when you might consider an implant.
You are missing a tooth
If you are missing a tooth as a result of an accident or an oral health issue, it is well worth considering a dental implant. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant can go a long way in improving the overall appearance of your smile. In fact, dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth, and are designed to blend in seamlessly with your remaining teeth. Implants are also designed to fuse with your jaw bone, which means that they are a permanent solution and will not slip out of place.
You are suffering from severe decay
If you have suffered severe tooth decay and your dentist is not able to save or treat the damaged tooth, it may be necessary to have it extracted. In this case, you will be left with a gap in your smile. When a tooth is missing, other oral health issues can develop — you may begin to notice your other teeth beginning to shift or loosen, and the structure of your face may even change as tooth loss can cause your jaw bone to deteriorate and your facial muscles to sag. Replacing a missing tooth with a permanent solution like a dental implant will ensure that your remaining teeth remain in the correct position and that your face shape doesn't change over time.
You've had a failed root canal treatment
In some cases, root canal treatment is unsuccessful, most commonly when an infection occurs post-treatment. If an additional root canal treatment or surgery at the apex of the tooth are not successful, it may be necessary to have the affected tooth removed. In the case of an extraction, your dentist may recommend an implant to fill the empty space in your mouth.
You're suffering from severe gum disease
In very severe cases of gum disease, specifically in cases where the condition goes untreated, it is possible to experience tooth loss. While gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, causes inflammation of the gums, it can worsen and advance to periodontitis. Periodontitis causes damage to the bone and surrounding tissue, causing deep spaces to form between the teeth and gums. These spaces tend to collect debris and can easily become infected. As more and more bone and gum tissue are destroyed, the teeth become loose, and tooth loss may eventually occur. If you have experienced severe periodontitis and tooth loss, it is possible that you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant will help to restore oral function and improve your overall oral health.
If you would like to find out more about dental implants and how they work, please take a look here. If you are considering the treatment, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can advise you as to whether you are a suitable candidate. It is important to note that ideal candidates for implant surgery are those who have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the restoration. For this reason, it is important that you come in for an assessment.
If you would like to make an appointment, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team looks forward to welcoming you to our practice!