Wondering if you need a tooth implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) we place in your jaw to anchor a crown. Many patients prefer dental implants over other tooth replacement options because they help prevent further tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, gum disease, and cavities.
During your consultation with us, your dental implant dentist will be able to explain the pros and cons of this procedure so you can make an informed decision. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding dental implants, don't hesitate to contact our office.
Continue reading to learn the 3 reasons your dental implant dentist may recommend permanent tooth replacement.
Do I Really Need a Dental Implant?
Over 3 million Americans already have dental implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. While dentures sit on top of your gums, dental implants are placed in your jawbone to give you the function and appearance of natural teeth.
The three signs you need dental implants include:
- You’re considering a dental bridge
- You wear dentures
- You lost one or more teeth
You’re considering a Dental Bridge
Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth anchored by crowns on healthy adjacent teeth. In order to place a dental bridge, your dentist would have to remove healthy enamel from teeth on both sides of the gap. Once enamel is removed, it can never be replaced. We may recommend dental implants over bridges because they let you keep as much natural tooth structure as possible.
Atooth implant is sturdier than a bridge because it’s anchored to your jaw. This added stability helps you smile, talk, and eat with confidence.Dental implants are also long-lasting, which means you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful healthy smile for years to come.
You Wear Dentures
Dentures sit on top of the gums and don’t prevent jawbone deterioration. A, on the other hand, will exert pressure your jawbone needs to stay healthy. If you don’t get a tooth implant, you will eventually lose jawbone tissue and experience facial collapse. Once the jawbone deteriorates, it’ll become harder to refit dentures so you can chew without pain.
Unlike dentures,never slip. This means that you can eat, talk, and smile like you did before tooth loss. While denture teeth have to be submerged in water or denture cleanser when they aren’t in your mouth, implants can be cared for like natural teeth.
You Lost One or More Teeth
After extraction, your dentist may recommend a tooth implant to help you maintain good oral health. Otherwise, your jaw will start to deteriorate and eventually alter the shape of your face. The best time to get a tooth implant is immediately after extraction.
Your teeth are held in place by roots and adjacent teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, nearby teeth are likely to tilt toward the open space, loosen, and eventually fall out. Fortunately, dental implants support nearby teeth so you can continue smiling with confidence.
Dental implants help you avoid:
- Bone loss in jaw
- Facial collapse
- Further tooth loss
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Feeling self-conscious about your smile
Dr. Jeff Helmus DDS can help you explore your tooth replacement options (including dental implants) during your next appointment. To schedule a consultation with our dental implant dentist in Wyoming MI, call River Ridge Dentistry at (616) 538-7320.