Do you currently have dentures, but don’t like the messy denture adhesives and slippage when you’re talking or eating? Do you have pain due to a broken or severely cracked tooth?
Maybe you’ve heard about dental implants and are wondering if they might solve these problems once for you?
No matter which situation you’re in, Dr. Frederick Marra in Cohoes NY, would like you to be educated about dental implants to decide whether they can be a solution for your dental problems.
So join us as we discuss the six important warning signs that you may need dental implants.
1. You have a broken or severely cracked tooth.
If you have cracked or broken a tooth, a dental crown or a dental implant may be your only options. Dentists usually strive to save as much of the tooth structure as possible. But, if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the best option might be extracting the damaged tooth and installing an implant to replace it. If an implant is needed it will be designed by your dentist to look and feel as much like your natural teeth as possible.
2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.
Having gaps in your smile from missing teeth can be embarrassing and make you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. Not only that but it can affect how you chew, what you can eat and the shape of your mouth. The implant will take the place of the missing natural tooth and will not look or feel any different from your other teeth..
3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.
Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be exasperating to deal with on a daily basis. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials as they are permanently attached. No longer will you have to worry about your dentures becoming loose throughout the day or feeling self-conscious that they will fall out in public while talking or eating.
4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).
Do you know that dental implants can actually help prevent the loss of bone tissue in your jaw? It’s true. The part of the implant that gets embedded in the socket of the jawbone and acts as the artificial tooth root is made of titanium or zirconium. These materials naturally bond to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This natural process, which enables the implant roots to stimulate jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would, lessens your chance of the bone deteriorating over time.
5. You have a sunken-in look to your facial appearance.
It is not uncommon for some denture-wearers to have a sunken-in or caved-in look to their mouths. Patients who wear dentures due to bone loss as you grow older. Since dentures do not stimulate growth of new bone tissue, it continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance of the mouth. Dental implants can remedy this by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant (See #4 above for details).
6. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.
Sometimes a severely decayed or infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed by fillings or even crowns. Your dentist will need to make this determination at your dental examination. If the damaged tooth cannot be repaired or fixed, you may need to get it extracted. In this case a dental implant might be the best option to replace it as implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants in Cohoes, NY
Live in or near Cohoes NY? Call our office at (518) 650-1930 for an implants consultation with Dr. Marra or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!