Dental implants are structures that get surgically inserted into the surrounding jaw bone in order to provide secure support for crowns, bridges, dentures, and other prostheses. These implants have a very high success rate and can be incredibly beneficial for restoring the integrity and appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are also more common than you may think—about half a million Americans get dental implants every year! Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Here are four common signs we see in our patients that suggest it might be time to explore dental implant surgery.
1. You Have One or More Missing Teeth
It can be embarrassing to be missing a tooth. What many people don’t realize is that the large gap where your tooth used to be can actually change the alignment of your remaining teeth or even lead to the weakening of the jaw bone itself. A dental implant is an excellent way to give you confidence in your smile again while also protecting your remaining teeth and oral tissue.
2. You Have a Tooth That Needs to be Removed
If a tooth is cracked, infected, or damaged and needs to be removed, a dental implant can be inserted as soon as possible following your tooth extraction. You’ll be left with a healthy-looking, natural-looking replacement tooth.
3. Your Dentures Fit Loosely
If you have dentures, you shouldn’t have to worry about them coming loose, feeling uncomfortable in your mouth, or giving you a “sunken in” look on your face. Dental implants provide sturdy anchors for full or partial dentures so you can have greater peace of mind along with a natural-looking smile.
4. You Don’t Like the Mess of Denture Adhesives
Many people simply don’t enjoy the hassle of using dental adhesives. Others might struggle to manage their adhesives and denture care due to issues like impaired fine motor control or low vision. Dental implants essentially eliminate the mess of denture care—you simply treat your implant just like a regular tooth. Brushing and flossing have never been so appealing!
Are you wondering if it’s time to explore dental implants? Call (937) 848-7741 to schedule an appointment at Bellbrook Family Dentistry in Bellbrook, OH.