For decades, the mainstay of traditional dentistry for tooth loss was always a ‘fixed bridge’ that included a bridge with an artificial tooth cemented over the adjacent tooth. But today, most professionals would agree that replacing a missing tooth or teeth with dental implants supported with a bridge or crowns is the best solution. We all know what a dental implant is and the benefits that it can provide. But, how can one know when a dental implant is an ideal solution? You are not alone to have this question. Many people in Red Deer ask us this question when they come to our dental clinic. Therefore, to answer it, we are stating some situations where dental implants can be an ideal solution for you.
When You Have a Missing Tooth
Most of the time, dental implants are used when any person has a missing tooth or teeth. Missing tooth or teeth can be caused by a lot of factors, such as result of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or even genetic factors.
When you have a missing tooth, it can lead you to changes in your chewing mechanics, speech, and facial composure. Getting a dental implant can replace the gap created by the missing tooth. Dental implants consist of three main parts
- Fixture – It is a screw-shaped design fixed at the bottom of the implant and physically embedded or fused below the gum line, in the jawbone.
- Abutment – It is the small portion screwed into the fixture and eventually holds the dental work right over the gum line.
- Prosthesis – It is a dental work (crown, bridge, or denture) done on the top of the abutment. The piece is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
Dental implants are designed and constructed to be extremely strong and last for decades. Therefore, these implants become a permanent fix for missing teeth.
When Your Tooth is Shifting
Did you know that your missing tooth can also affect the adjacent teeth? Yes, it does. When there is a gap in your mouth because of the missing tooth, it affects the teeth alignment. The space available in your mouth leads to shifting of the adjacent teeth, changing the alignment and the chewing mechanics. Dental implants eventually support the alignment of the teeth by filling the gap and mimic the function of the missing teeth. When you choose implants, you provide support to the adjacent teeth, thus preventing them from shifting.
When You Do Not Want Bridges
Dental implants and dental bridges are the two most common solutions that dentists use to address missing teeth problems. While both approaches address the same challenges, you need to understand the treatment options available for your dental condition and your specific needs. Sometimes, people refuse to choose dental bridges due to their procedure. Dental bridges involve cutting or scraping off some parts of the adjacent teeth that are healthy. Some people feel sensitivity in these adjacent teeth due to scraping the enamel done during the process. For people who do not want to choose dental bridges, dental implants are an ideal solution for your mouth without affecting any existing teeth.
When You Want a Natural-looking Smile
Losing a tooth can have a significant impact on the appearance of your smile. Dental implants appear and mimic the function of the natural tooth. These implants are designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They can be customised in an array of colours, shapes, and sizes which makes it easier for the dentist to make your dental implant similar to the rest of the teeth and rightly fit the gap of your mouth. The false teeth will blend seamlessly with other teeth. Therefore, dental implants can offer the confident smile that you are looking for through cosmetic dentistry.
When You Have a Healthy Jawbone
Though all the factors mentioned above can be your deciding factors, the final decision will be taken by the dentist. Dental implants need to have a healthy jawbone to function like natural teeth. These implants have a fixture that makes contact with the jawbone. The new tissues will form around the fixture once fitted in the gumline. This creates a natural bond between the metal and the jawbone. But, if you don’t have enough jawbone in your mouth due to periodontal disease or any other oral issue, you won’t have enough support for the screw and abutment. So, consult your dentist to check if your jawbone can support the implants or you need to go for an alternative solution.
When You Have an Overall Good Health
Sometimes, you must not only have excellent oral health but also be free from other diseases. There are certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders that can hinder your ability to heal after getting dental implants. If you are suffering from these conditions, it makes it difficult to heal from the implant procedure. Apart from the diseases, smoking and consuming tobacco in any form can interfere with osseointegration, thus reducing your pace of healing after implants. Ensure that your mouth is free from periodontal gum diseases. If you have any dental issues, consult your dentist to prevent further damage to your oral health.
For someone who is looking for a permanent solution to replace the missing tooth, a dental implant can be an ideal one. Talk to your dentist if you have any doubts related to dental implants and their aftercare.