Many cosmetic dental procedures can be used to improve your smile. A popular procedure today is dental implants. Dental implants involve inserting an artificial metal anchor in the jaw bone to hold replacement teeth. First, a cosmetic dentist such as Cascades Center for Dental Health will do an evaluation to assess the proper path of treatment for you. If you are uncertain on what procedure to get, the following signs may indicate you need dental implants.
Your dentures are uncomfortable or unsatisfying
Unlike dentures, dental implants do not move in your mouth or make noise, which saves you embarrassment in public places. Even if they fit properly, you have to take dentures out and clean them, while implants eliminate this hassle. Dentures likewise need replacing every fifteen years. Dental implants do not need to be removed, and they also last longer than standard dentures.
You have missing, infected, or cracked teeth
A dentist will commonly attempt to save as much of a damaged or infected tooth as possible to avoid an extraction. However, extraction is not commonly an option for a missing or cracked tooth resulting from trauma to the mouth.
Missing or cracked teeth may also cause healthy teeth to get out of alignment, place stress on the jaws, and cause bone loss or problems with talking or chewing. Dental implants fill the gaps, and they resemble natural teeth, so no one will notice the difference. An infected tooth should be treated immediately to avoid losing it permanently.
Your face looks sunken
You may notice denture wearers have sunken, thin faces, so check your own face. The reason this happens is that dentures do not encourage bone growth in the jaw, because the jaw fails to adjust to dentures. Some of the sunken skin tissue may transfer to the lips, causing them to roll. Dentures also cause “witch’s chin” that results from thinner skin in the area. Once you get dental implants, it will stimulate the bone growth from chewing.
You have considered a dental bridge
A dental bridge fills the gaps left by missing teeth, and it was the only option in the past to replace lost teeth. A dental bridge places an artificial tooth into the gaps, but the replacement is covered by crowns. It also involves removing healthy enamel from adjacent teeth, and this does not grow back. Dental implants allow you to keep the tooth enamel, and they stay firmly in place.
Don’t let a bad smile or uncomfortable dentures interfere with your life when you could get dental implants. Contact Cascades Center for Dental Health today to schedule your consultation! We are conveniently located in Sterling, VA.