6 Signs You May Need Dental Implants

People get dental implants for many different reasons, depending on the reason for their tooth loss, health, and situation. Dental implants can help patients who are looking to restore their smiles, offering a long-term, functional solution to missing teeth.

Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants and design a unique treatment plan based on your needs. Here are 6 signs that may indicate it’s time to consider dental implants.

1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth.

In some cases, cracked or broken teeth can lead to tooth loss, making it necessary to replace the missing tooth. While dentists always try to save as much of the tooth structure as possible, if the tooth cannot be repaired, the treatment may be tooth extraction. In that case, a dental implant can take the place of the missing tooth to restore full functionality and appearance. 

2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.

If you are already missing one or more of your natural teeth, you might feel self-conscious about smiling, eating, or talking. The dental implant fills in the gap where the natural tooth was. People who have recently lost teeth are great candidates for implants.

3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.

If you are frustrated by your dentures or partials, you might want to look into implant-secured dentures, or All-On-Four treatment. Permanent dentures completely remove the need for denture adhesives, and no one will be able to tell they aren’t your natural teeth.  

4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).

Dental implants actually prevent bone loss in the jaw after tooth loss. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone recedes over time, causing surrounding teeth to become less stable. The longer you wait before replacing the tooth, the more likely it is that you will need bone graft treatment prior to implants.

Implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, taking the root of the missing tooth. By replacing the root of the missing tooth, the jaw bone will fuse with the implant and remain stable. This also decreases the chance of implant failure, as the implant and bone fuse naturally to ensure the implant stays where it belongs.

5. You have a sunken-in look to your facial appearance.

Since missing teeth can lead to jaw bone loss, people with missing teeth can have a sunken-in look to their face. This is more prominent in people who have had missing teeth for a long time, such as people who have worn dentures for several years. To prevent further changes in appearance, consider dental implants.

6. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.

Sometimes a severely decayed or infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed. Your dentist will make this determination after a thorough examination. If the problem 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 implants look and feel like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants in Chapel Hill, NC

Contact Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for an implants consultation to begin restoring your smile today. Request your appointment online or call us at (919) 213-9767 today.