If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, such as pain when you eat or drink, you might need to have dental implants.
Keep on reading to find out what dental implants are and when you might need them.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots and fixed or removable replacement teeth. So if you have a missing tooth or teeth, the dental implants are placed into your mouth and look like your natural teeth.
The cost of dental implants varies, depending on the procedure and whether you go private or not. You can see our dental implants prices here.
Here are 5 serious signs that you need a dental implant:
1. Missing Teeth
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, then you definitely need to go to your dentist and work out what is the best treatment for your mouth. You might need a dental implant.
Not only can missing teeth look unsightly and cause distress for your daily life, but they can also affect the health of your mouth. A dental implant can fill in the space where you are missing teeth and will look just like your natural teeth.
2. Cracked or Broken Teeth
Another serious sign that you need to have a dental implant is cracked or broken teeth. If left unattended, these teeth can cause a lot of pain, so make sure you go see your dentist ASAP.
Your dentist will generally try to save as much of the tooth structure as possible. However, if the tooth is damaged beyond repair then the best option might be extracting your tooth and placing an implant there instead.
3. Problems Eating or Speaking
If you are experiencing problems eating or speaking, this could be a sign that you need dental implants.
There may be a number of reasons why you are struggling to eat or speak and your dentist will make sure he/she gets to the bottom of the underlying issues.
If your tooth is causing you severe pain then it might be badly infected, in which case your dentist will decide what is best to do next. Extracting the tooth and placing a dental implant might be the best option for you.
4. Infected Tooth or Teeth
Infected teeth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. If left unattended, infected teeth can also spread to other teeth. So make sure you go to your dentist, he/she might try to repair the tooth. Or if the infection is too bad your dentist will have to pull out the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.
5. Facial Changes
If you’ve had dentures or missing teeth for a while, you might experience facial changes. If you notice that your face has sunk, or it appears thinner or older, this might be because of bone loss in your jaw.
As you get older, you experience bone loss and dentures don’t stimulate bone growth the same way implants do, so the bone keeps deteriorating over time. This leads to your face having a sunken-in look.
Visit a dental expert immediately if you are concerned about your jaw. Find out more about what could be causing your jaw pain.
Consult an Expert
Dental implants can take away pain and discomfort that you feel if you are missing teeth. The process is invasive and can be completed very quickly, leaving you to get on with life.
So, if you experience any mouth pains or problems, make sure you consult with a dental expert as soon as possible.
Contact us now, if you want to book an appointment or to discuss your dentistry needs with friendly and professional dentists.