Losing a tooth is part of almost every human being nowadays as at one point in your life you are bound to lose a tooth or two. Tooth loss can occur due to some reasons such as severe gum disease, cavity, and damaged teeth. Tooth loss can have tremendous effects on your teeth if you do not deal with it immediately. For instance, if you do not treat it, it can lead to gaps that are unsightly to look at when you smile. Other than smiling tooth loss can also lead to other negative effects and further problems. Some of these effects are:
Misaligned bite: once a tooth loss has occurred, the adjacent teeth tend to shift towards the space left causing instability of these teeth and thus to cause a misaligned bite.
Teeth overgrowth: the adjacent teeth to space tend to grow further down or up trying to find a new tooth to make contact with.
Gum tissue becomes sore: the gum tissue where the tooth is lost tends to become sore and a source of discomfort as it becomes the new match to the adjacent teeth since there is no tooth.
Jawbone volume begins to shrink: since there is no tooth in place, the jawbone volume begins to shrink since there is no activity of chewing thus the roots in this area (where the tooth is lost) are not stimulate. Regaining the volume of the jawbone is very difficult, and even with the advance in technology regarding bone grafting-techniques, it is impossible to duplicate the previous gum and bone tissue.
What is a Dental Implant?
If you lose a tooth now and visit the dentist’s office, he or she will recommend you to have a dental implant. A Dental implant is an artificial tooth root (titanium post) that is surgically put into the jawbone to allow the dentist to mount a replacement tooth. Dental implants provide the support that is needed for replacement teeth or bridges. They also ensure that jawbone volume is not lost as they transit the stimulations from chewing to the jawbone.
Who Needs Dental Implants
You can have dental implants if you are in one or any of the following scenarios.
- Broken tooth
A broken tooth can only be fixed with dental implants because it is the only way that your tooth structure will be maintained. This will allow the tooth to function normally. The same case applies to when your tooth is cracked.
- Tooth loss
If you have lost a tooth or two, you may want to get dental implants because of the spaces that are left in between your teeth. These spaces may be distracting to other people when you talk or smile. Dental implants will fill in space and give you back your natural smile.
- Loose-fitting dentures and partials
If you have dentures or partials that are loose and can fall of easily getting dental implants is the way to go. Dental implants are a great alternative to partials and dentures and allow you to go about your daily tasks freely without having to worry about your dentures/partials falling.
- Jawbone loss
Dental implants act as the artificial roots in the jawbone area, and they are made of titanium which serves as a natural bonder to bone tissues. These implants will, therefore, stimulate bone growth. If you are experiencing bone loss, you need to consider having implants.
In addition to this, you can get dental implants if your teeth are hurting or if they are not functioning properly as they need to.
Dental implants have great benefits that will ensure you can keep strong and healthy teeth and also a perfect smile. If you have any of the problems mentioned earlier, you need to consider having dental implants.