5 Warning Signs You Might Need Dental Implants

5 Warning Signs You Might Need Dental ImplantsIf you’re dealing with the discomfort of missing teeth, or have a tooth that can’t be saved, or even if you already have dentures, it may be time to consider dental implants. This permanent tooth replacement solution can help you return to your normal routine without needing to worry about dentures, bone loss, or how you look.

Dr. Datta Malyavantham and his team at Ridgetop Dental in Sterling, VA offer dental implants to patients who demonstrate one or more of the following signs:

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

Dental implants will restore the look of your natural smile by taking the place of the missing tooth or teeth. Implants are designed to look like the surrounding teeth, so it won’t be obvious which one is unlike the rest. They will also feel just like your natural teeth once they’re healed.

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

Replacing missing teeth is not just a cosmetic concern. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and cause problems with your bite, the surrounding teeth, and your appearance. Implants are made of metal that fuses naturally to bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, which keeps the jawbone from receding.

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

Loose-fitting dentures or partials are frustrating to deal with. Implants can replace several missing teeth and take the place of dentures, or you can have implant-supported dentures that feel more secure in your mouth. Your dentist will go into more detail with you to determine whether implants or dentures are a better choice.

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

Did you ever notice the sunken-in or caved-in look that some denture-wearers have on a daily basis? Unfortunately, this is a common problem for patients with patients who wear dentures due to bone loss as you grow older. Since dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, the bone continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. Dental implants solve this problem by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant.

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

If you have a tooth with a crack or part of it is broken off, a dental crown may be required to preserve the teeth. Usually, dentists want to save as much of the tooth as possible, but if a crown is not possible, an implant may be the best choice. Sometimes a tooth extraction followed by an implant is the best way to preserve your oral health in the long term.

Dental Implants in Sterling, VA

Live in or near Sterling, VA? Call Ridgetop Dental for an implants consultation with Dr. Datta or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!

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