Are you tired of messy denture adhesives and slippage when eating or talking? Are you experiencing pain from a broken or severely cracked tooth?
You might be wondering if dental implants are the solution to these problems once for you?
No matter which situation you’re in, Dr. Lassiter at Lassiter Family Dentistry in Kingsland GA, would like you to be educated about dental implants to discover whether they can be a solution for your dental problems.
So join us as we review 6 important warning signs that you may need dental implants.
1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth.
If you have cracked or broken a tooth badly enough, a dental crown or a dental implant may be your only options. While dentists usually attempt to save as much of the tooth structure as they possibly can, the best option might be a tooth extraction and an implant to replace the problem tooth. If an implant is needed, Dr. Lassiter will make sure that it looks and functions just exactly like your natural teeth.
2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.
Gaps in your smile where you are missing teeth can make you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public because of embarrassment. The implant will be placed in the space where your natural tooth was once located. It will look and feel just like your natural teeth too.
3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.
Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be exasperating to deal with on a daily basis. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials due to their permanence. You will no longer need to worry about your dentures slipping throughout the day or that they will fall out in public while talking or eating.
4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).
Did you know that dental implants actually aid in the prevention of bone loss in your jaw? It’s true. You see, the part of the dental implant that gets embedded in the socket of the jawbone and acts as the artificial tooth root is made of titanium or zirconium. These materials naturally bond to the bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, which enables the implant roots to stimulate jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would. This reduces the risk of the bone deteriorating over time.
5. You have a sunken-in look to your facial appearance.
Did you ever notice that some denture-wearers have faces with a sunken-in or caved-in look? Unfortunately, this is a common problem for patients who wear dentures due to bone loss as you grow older. Since dentures are merely cemented onto the gums, they do not stimulate bone growth as implants do and the bone continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. Dental implants resolve this issue by stimulating new bone tissue growth in the jaw around the implant.
6. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.
Sometimes a severely decayed or infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed. Your dentist will determine this through a complete examination. If the afflicted tooth cannot be repaired or fixed, you may need to get it extracted. In this case a dental implant might be the best option to replace it as they are crafted to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants in Kingsland, GA
Live in or near Kingsland GA? Call Lassiter Family Dentistry at (912) 576-4011 for an implants consultation with Dr. Lassiter or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!