7 Warning Signs You May Need Dental Implants

Do you currently have dentures, but are sick and tired of dealing with messy denture adhesives? Are you suffering from a lot of pain due to a broken or severely cracked tooth?

Wondering if dental implants would solve your dental problems once and for all? Maybe your dentist has already talked to you about implants or maybe you’re in the process of doing some personal research on the internet.

No matter which phase you’re in, you clicked on this page for a reason—to learn about indications and warning signs that you might need dental implants in the near future.

Our doctors at Longleaf Dental, Dr. Jeffery Singleton and Dr. Charles Clark, Jr., would like you to be educated about dental implants, especially if implants can be a solution for your dental problems.

So join us as we uncover 7 important warning signs.

First, let’s start with some dental implant statistics

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately 3 million people in the United States have dental implants and that number grows by 500,000 every year (source: http://www.aaid.com/about/press_room/dental_implants_faq.html). This statistic alone shows the popularity of dental implants and the fact that dental implants solve many dental problems.

Additionally, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness — Dental Implant Guide, “Clinical studies over the past 40 to 50 years indicate that dental implant treatment has a success rate well over 95% (source: http://thedentalimplantguide.org/resource/success-rates/).” Dental implants actually do the work they were designed to do when they are placed by talented, skilled implant dentists. Dental implants really work!

To find out if implants are right for your situation, schedule a dental implant consultation with your dentist.

So why are so many patients choosing implants? What are the signs that indicate implants are needed for patients with certain dental problems?

As you can tell by reading the previous statistics, dental implants are a very popular choice when it comes to a restorative dentistry service. They are popular because they work and they are effective.

Well, what are the warning signs that implants may be the best solution for patients? Here are 7 signs:

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

If the cracked or broken tooth cannot be fixed by ordinary means (without restorative dentistry techniques), a dental crown or a dental implant may be your only options. Your dentist will make this determination once he or she evaluates your problem tooth.

For many dentists, the goal in this situation would be to save as much of the tooth structure as possible. However, if the tooth is majorly damaged beyond repair, the best option might be a tooth extraction and an implant to replace the problem tooth.

If an implant is needed, rest assured, it will look and function just like your natural teeth.

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

Not many people want to walk around with missing teeth—other people will see the empty spaces when laughing and speaking, which may lead to embarrassment and avoidance behaviors.

But there is hope for you. You don’t have to feel ashamed of missing teeth any longer. Dental implants might be the right solution for you.

The implant will fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located. It will look and feel great, too, blending in really well with your natural smile.

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

No one wants to deal with this problem, especially if you have to deal with it on a daily basis. But how do you fix loose partials or a loose denture that doesn’t fit right?

Simple answer: You get dental implants to replace your partials or denture. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials. Many of our patients choose implants.

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. Gone are those worrisome days if you have dental implants!

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

Do you know that dental implants can actually aid in the prevention of bone loss in your jaw? It’s true.

You see, the part of the implant that gets placed in the socket of the jawbone and acts as the artificial tooth root is made of titanium (typically). Titanium is used since it naturally bonds to the bone tissue.

The bonding process is called osseointegration, which enables the implant roots to stimulate jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would. Therefore, there is a lesser chance of the bone deteriorating over time.

5 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 who have dentures.

Do you know why this happens? It is 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. The result is the sunken-in, caved-in appearance.

Dental implants solves this problem, though (you can refer to #4 for a more thorough explanation of why implants are a great alternative to dentures).

6 You notice your teeth aren’t functioning properly when chewing, eating, and/or speaking.

Sometimes your teeth change over time. The changes may be due to bruxism (teeth grinding), bite issues, TMJ issues, or a whole host of other dental issues.

But if you notice over time that something just isn’t quite right with your teeth, call your dentist. We’re not saying that an implant will be the first choice (or even on the list of choices) to fix your cavity.

However, if you have a severely painful tooth, call your dentist. There are times when a severely infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed. In this case, a tooth extraction and an implant may be the best choice.

So it’s always better to be safe than sorry and to schedule your dentist appointment sooner rather than later, especially if you notice changes in tooth and jaw function.

7 You have an infected tooth that hurts really bad.

As we mentioned in #6 above, there are times when a severely infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed. Your dentist will make this determination after a thorough examination.

If the problem tooth cannot be repaired or fixed, you may need to get it extracted, in which case a dental implant may be the right course of action. No worries, though, because the implant will become your new tooth—looking, feeling, and functioning just as your natural, healthy teeth would.

? Live in or near Albany, GA? Call Longleaf Dental for an implants consultation.

Can you relate to any of the 7 warning signs that we mentioned? Are you ready to find out if dental implants are right for you?

If you live in or near Albany, GA and are ready to schedule your implants consultation, call Longleaf Dental today. You can find our contact information on this page.

We look forward to restoring your smile!