Dental implants provide numerous benefits to your oral health, not to mention your overall health as well. With a 98% success rate, you really won’t have to worry about them failing or needing to be fixed, assuming you take care of them properly. What a great reassurance for anyone interested in dental implants!
As a quick overview, dental implants are a popular restorative dentistry option. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, demonstrating their popularity for restoring your dental health. You may be wondering if dental implants are right for you. We’ve compiled a list of 8 warning signs that may indicate this is a great treatment option for you.
Dental implants are a great and popular option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The dental implant will fill in the space where there was once a gap and with the addition of a crown, it will look natural like the rest of your teeth. By not replacing missing teeth, you run the risk of your remaining teeth drifting and shifting and can even experience bone loss.
When a tooth becomes infected, it may need to be extracted (or pulled). If your dentist has told you your infected tooth cannot be saved, they will typically refer you to an oral surgeon for extraction and may also discuss the placement of a dental implant. Dental infections can be very detrimental to your overall health and can quickly spread from your mouth to other parts of your body, including your heart. If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, we encourage you to seek care immediately.
Treatment options for broken or cracked teeth depend upon the severity of the damage. In some cases, you may be able to fix the crack or break in the tooth with dental bonding or a dental crown. The goal is always to preserve the natural tooth as much as possible, but sometimes the best option is to pull the remaining part of the tooth and replace the root structure with a dental implant. When the broken or cracked tooth results in damaged pulp it can increase the risk for a tooth infection. Your dentist and/or oral surgeon will discuss their treatment recommendations with you, taking your overall oral health into consideration.
Many individuals suffer from loose dentures, partials, or a loose dental bridge. In this instance, dental implants can be a great option to provide stability, support, and renewed confidence that your dental prosthetic will stay in place while talking, smiling or chewing. Oftentimes, patients come to us after growing weary from wearing dentures for years. They want to ensure that they will no longer feel self-conscious about whether or not the dentures will fall out while trying to eat or talk. A treatment called “All-on-4” is popular for anyone dealing with the frustration of dentures, or anyone with failing teeth who is trying to avoid that frustration altogether. During this procedure, your oral surgeon will place a minimum of 4 implants in the affected arch of your mouth and a permanent, highly cosmetic prosthesis will take the place of your natural teeth. For most Peachtree Oral and Facial Surgery patients, we can place implants and the prosthesis on the same day meaning you leave our office will a fully functioning temporary prosthetic on that day your implants are placed. The implants will look and feel like your natural teeth, too.
If you have ever had dentures, you know the scenario—you take them out to clean them and then apply denture adhesives to keep them in place. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of dentures for many people. For those individuals who do not want to deal with messy denture adhesives and are looking for a more convenient option to replace an arch of teeth, dental implants are the best option. As previously mentioned, a prosthesis anchored by implants gives you the support and stability needed to chew and speak with confidence and allows you to say goodbye to annoying, goopy dental adhesives.
As anyone who is missing teeth will tell you, it can pose problems when you try to eat your favorite foods, especially if you’re missing the back molars. Whether your broken or missing tooth limits you from being able to bite and chew efficiently, or you avoid eating certain foods altogether, this can negatively impact your nutrition. Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite, nutritious foods without any hesitation.
When an individual elects to replace an arch of teeth with removable dentures, it can lead to their face having a sunken-in appearance. This is typically due to the fact that dentures do not stimulate the jawbone in order to encourage the regrowth of critical tissue. Therefore, the jaw ignores the fact that you have dentures and as a result, the jaw continues to regress causing further bone loss as you age. Replacing an arch of teeth with an All-on-4 procedure as previously mentioned will provide a natural facial shape and actually stimulate the growth of bone.
Do you find that you smile less than you used to? Do you cover your mouth when you smile? Are you grateful that due to COVID-19 we’re all wearing masks? A common motivator for seeking out dental implant placement is a lack of confidence and an insecurity about smiling. With the help of dental implants, a highly skilled oral surgeon, and collaboration with your general dentist, we can have you on the road to renewed confidence in no time. The best part: you get to play an active role in creating your new smile! From shade selection to shape, you have a say in designing the smile you’ve been dreaming about.
So, what’s the next step?
If you can relate to any of the aforementioned warning signs, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our team. Peachtree Oral and Facial Surgery is conveniently located to residents of Peachtree City, Newnan, Fayetteville, Atlanta, and the surrounding areas. With 2 board-certified oral surgeons and a highly skilled team of clinical assistants and administrative professionals, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the treatment process. We invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants. During your consultation, we will speak with you to discover your concerns and goals for your smile. Your surgeon will examine your mouth in order to determine if dental implants are right for your particular situation. We encourage you to call today, or simply submit a consultation request online. We look forward to meeting you!