When Should You Get Dental Implants?



Dental implants are surgical components that replace the root portion of a missing tooth. They are the most effective tooth replacement option. This is not just because of their aesthetic value but also because of the biocompatible nature of titanium that keeps the jaw intact. 


Biocompatibility means that titanium is not harmful or toxic to the bone. It promotes the regrowth of critical tissue through a process known as osseointegration. Over time, this ensures natural support to artificial teeth, dentures, and even bridgework. 




Candidates for Dental Implants



Having missing teeth and sufficient bone density in the gap makes you a great candidate for dental implants. Your overall health should be good, as the installation of dental implants calls for a surgical procedure. This means that your body will not experience severe health issues after the surgery. 


You should get dental implants for several reasons, like the following: 
 

  • Loose dentures or bridges.
     

  • Facial collapse.
     

  • Infected teeth.
     

  • Cracked or broken teeth.
     

  • Missing teeth.




Loose Dentures or Bridges



This is a common problem and, unfortunately, many people with dentures and bridges experience this. Dentures and bridges cannot stimulate the jawbone. Thus, over time, the jaw regresses, and its support to the dentures and bridgework loosens. The best alternative to resolve this issue is dental implants. They give great support, and they look and feel like your natural teeth.




Facial Collapse



Do you have sunken-in facial features or facial collapse? The likelihood is that you are suffering from jaw deterioration. Extraction of teeth causes regression of the jaw. This is because the body considers it useless. In time, this manifests as facial collapse.


However, due to the biocompatible nature of dental implants to bone, it allows regeneration. The jawbone fuses to the dental implants as it would to a natural tooth. This fusion encourages the regrowth of critical tissues, providing a solution to facial collapse.




Infected Teeth 



There are times when teeth are so infected that extraction is necessary. Dental implants are the best substitute to also control and get rid of infections. They are strong, solid, and do not have friction with your gums. Dentures, on the other hand, rub against your gums, causing halitosis and mouth ulcers that then further infect your remaining teeth.




Cracked or Broken Teeth



If you have a broken tooth, your dentist will go for all available options to save it. But if it breaks below the gingival line, the only option is extraction. In this case, you should get dental implants afterward. The new artificial tooth will appear permanent and blend in nicely with the rest.




Missing Teeth



This is the best reason to get dental implants. They match your unique smile, so it seems like your teeth are natural. Your doctor will create for you unique implants that match the color, depth, and height of your teeth. This provides a lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution to your problem.




To learn more about when you should get dental implants, visit Smile Center at our office in Delaware or Sunbury, Ohio. You can call 740-417-9565 or 740-965-2451 today to schedule an appointment. New patients can call 740-306-0099.