Dental implants do more than replace a missing tooth — they can also restore your quality of life. Implants can help you keep eating the foods you love and make you feel less self-conscious. More importantly, they can help heal and fight infections that can impact your oral and overall health. Seeking treatment can protect your health as well as your smile.
Missing and broken teeth are the most common reasons for dental implants. Both can have a serious impact on how you look as well as your health. Implants are the most stable and predictable tooth replacement option. They are a preferred option over dentures and bridges.
1. You Have Missing or Broken Teeth
Missing and broken teeth can happen for a number of reasons. You may have experienced tooth loss due to periodontal disease which has infected your gum tissue and made its way even deeper. In this case, the infection affects your jawbone resulting in bone loss as well. You may find yourself having to eat more soft foods and avoid those you once loved.
Broken teeth are a common dental injury that often get ignored. However, they can also have a serious impact on your oral and overall health if left untreated. Along with feeling self-conscious, you may experience problems such as:
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Running a fever
- Swollen glands in your neck or jaw
Dental implants create a long-term solution to these dental problems. They look and function just like your natural teeth, giving you the confidence to chew and smile without fear.
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2. You Have an Infection
There are multiple reasons why you could have an infected tooth, such as poor oral hygiene or a broken tooth. Whatever the cause may be, neglecting dental care can ruin the strength of the tooth to the point that it can’t be saved. In situations like these, a dental implant can relieve your pain caused by the infection as well as protect both your oral health and overall health.
Caring for your oral health is just as important as caring for the rest of your body. Infections in your mouth can spread to other areas, meaning that you need to get them treated early before they have a chance to lead to other complications. Dental implants can help not only by removing the infection but by preventing new ones from developing as well.
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3. Your Dentures Don’t Fit Correctly
Removable dentures provide a quick fix for missing teeth. They fill in the gaps, allowing you to enjoy the same foods and smile without worrying about how your teeth look. Unfortunately, dentures that don’t fit correctly can feel uncomfortable and even painful. For many, the discomfort of poorly fitting dentures can far outweigh their benefits.
A dental implant may be the best solution in cases like these. Unlike dentures which may shift and irritate your gums, an artificial tooth is securely rooted in the implant site to look and function like a real tooth. When you choose an implant as your tooth replacement, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have a secure and comfortable solution.
Even better is that it’s much easier to care for dental implants. Dentures, as well as dental bridges, require extra maintenance to keep them clean and working properly. Thanks to being placed directly into the jaw bone, you care for implants by following your regular oral hygiene regimen. For many, this makes them the clear winner over bridges and dentures.
Two of the most common reasons for dental implants are missing and broken teeth since they can affect how you look along with your health. The integrity of your teeth can be damaged by infections, resulting in the need for dental implants. Implants are also a better long-term choice compared to temporary fixes such as bridges and dentures.
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