When Do You Need a Dental Implant?

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Dental implants are widely considered the ideal replacements for missing teeth. They don’t just replace the visible component of the tooth but also the underlying root structure. As such, dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, virtually indistinguishable from your actual teeth. However, most patients are hesitant about getting dental implants because they don’t like the prospect of undergoing surgery or the multiple sessions. The decision to get dental implants should certainly be made with all due consideration.

This article highlights all the situations indicating you need a dental implant.

When do you need a dental implant: tooth loss, missing teeth, tooth replacement

#1. You have missing teeth

Dental implants are the ideal replacement for missing teeth. The implant itself is a titanium or ceramic screw that’s drilled into the jawbone underneath the space left by the missing tooth. Over time, your jawbone heals around the implant via a process known as osseointegration, i.e., the jawbone and your implant fuse together. As such, the dental implant becomes a firmly-rooted part of your dental anatomy, functionally and aesthetically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, or suffer from tooth loss dental implants can replace them perfectly.

#2. You’re wearing dentures

Dentures are removable appliances consisting of artificial teeth supported on a gum-shaped base. You have to take them off before sleeping, carve out additional time for maintenance, and deal with the constant anxiety they may slip off. Dentures can never replace actual teeth — that’s clear to everyone. You’ll be far happier with dental implants because they look and feel like actual teeth. Edentulous patients can get denture-supported implants — four strategically-placed implants support a full-arch denture, permanently replacing a complete arch.

Do I need dental Implants? Do you want to replace removable dentures with fixed denture supported implants

#3. You have an upcoming tooth extraction

You should consider getting dental implants after the tooth extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist can prepare your mouth for the dental implants in the same session. Getting an implant immediately after the tooth extraction prevents jawbone disintegration. After losing your tooth, the underlying jawbone will gradually start receding due to a lack of stimulus for growth. Eventually, you’ll have insufficient jawbone for dental implants, and your face will look shrunken. A dental implant will replace the missing tooth and preserve your jawbone.

#4. Your face looks sunken

As mentioned above, most people experience jawbone loss soon after the loss of a tooth. If you don’t get an implant for a year or more, the underlying jawbone will gradually recede, making your lower face sink downwards. Over time, the loss of teeth can affect your facial appearance, making you look far older than your years. If you get a dental implant (you may need a bone grafting procedure first to restore your jawbone), your face will again look youthful. As such, dental implants make you look younger
You have difficulty eating due to tooth loss? Dental Implants can help!

#5. You have difficulty eating

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may have difficulty eating due to an insufficient distribution of bite force. Most patients with missing teeth have to give up on certain foods, such as steak. Dentures can’t help with this problem because they’re likely to slip or slide off while eating tough foods. Dental implants are firmly-rooted parts of your anatomy, restoring your complete bite force. As such, you can get dental implants if you want to enjoy all your favorite foods again.

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