A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root. Similar in shape to a screw, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. Once a dental implant has been placed and is healed, a tooth-like crown can be added. A significant benefit of dental implants is that they are permanent- they don’t come out. They can be used to anchor individual teeth, bridges or a set of partial or full dentures. You can learn more about dental implants and how they work here.
How do you know if dental implants are a good option for you? Here are some things to consider.
Missing a Tooth
The most frequent reason for getting a dental implant is the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth. Tooth loss can occur from having a tooth accidentally knocked out, decay of the tooth, having a tooth split or break beyond repair, periodontal disease or complications from other health issues. Not having a tooth can create a lack of confidence and a hesitation to smile. It can also create challenges when eating and chewing food. A dental implant can fill the space of a missing tooth with a custom crafted prostheses that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
If you have a cracked or broken tooth we try to keep the original tooth as often as possible, but there may be occasions when a tooth is beyond repair. A severely cracked or broken tooth can cause discomfort and increased sensitivity. In a situation like this, a dental implant is a good option for restoring your smile.
Jawbone deterioration and bone loss can occur with tooth loss that is not immediately addressed or from a variety of other medical conditions, such as diabetes. Because dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they actually stimulate bone growth and prevent further bone loss. If you have lost a tooth, it’s important to consider your options right away to avoid further breakdown of the jawbone.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions it’s important to talk with your dentist as soon as possible to determine the best course of action to maintain good dental health and function and restore your smile.