Living with dentures and their messy adhesives and tendency to slip can be frustrating and embarrassing. And living with a fractured or broken tooth can be very painful.
Dental implants may be the solution for you! No matter whether you’re living with broken teeth, missing teeth or already have dentures, Dr. Tom Trinkner, a dentist in Columbia, SC, would like you to be educated about dental implants to decide whether they can be a solution for your dental issues.
So join us as we uncover 5 important warning signs that you may need dental implants.
1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth.
If you have a severely cracked or broken tooth, a dental crown or a dental implant might be your only options. Although dentists usually want to save as much of the original tooth structure as possible, if that structure is damaged beyond repair, the best option might be extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant. If your dentist decides an implant is needed, you can be sure that he or she will do their best to make it look and function just like your natural teeth.
2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.
Smiling with gaps where you are missing teeth can be embarrassing and make you self-conscious about smiling, or even just talking or eating in public. Dental implants can fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located and they will be designed to look and feel exactly like your natural teeth too.
3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.
Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be frustrating to deal with on a daily basis. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials. You no longer have to worry about your dentures becoming loose throughout the day or feeling self-conscious that your dentures will fall out in public while talking or eating.
4. Your mouth appears sunken from bone loss (in the jaw area)
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. The implant itself — the titanium or zirconium portion that gets placed in the socket of the jawbone — acts as the root of the tooth, bonding naturally to the bone tissue and preventing your mouth from becoming sunken in..
5. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.
Sometimes a severely decayed or infected tooth cannot be repaired or saved. Dr. Trinkner or your area dentist will perform a thorough examination to make this determination. If the problem tooth cannot be repaired, you may need to have it extracted. In this case a dental implant might be the preferred option to replace it as they look and feel like your natural teeth and can last decades with proper care.
Dental Implants in Columbia, SC
Live in or near Columbia, SC? Call our office at 803.400.8729 for an implants consultation with Dr. Trinkner or schedule with us online!