6 Signs You May Need Dental Implants

restorative dentist midtown new yorkDo you currently wear dentures, but are sick of dealing with messy denture adhesives and slippage? Are you experiencing pain because of a broken or severely cracked tooth?

Maybe you’re wondering if dental implants would resolve these problems once for you?

No matter which situation describes you, Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu would like you to be educated about dental implant solutions to discover whether they can be a solution for your dental problems. Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that replace your teeth from the roots up, restoring the appearance of your smile.

So join us as we reveal 6 important warning signs that you may need dental implants.

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

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental crown or a dental implant may be your only options to restore its appearance and functioning. While dentists usually strive to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the best option might be to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. 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.

Having gaps in your smile where you are missing teeth can be embarrassing and make you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. A dental implant will fill in the space where your natural tooth once lived, and will look and feel just like your natural teeth too.

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. With dental implants, you will not 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.

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

Do you know that dental implants can actually aid in preventing bone loss in your jaw? This is because 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 or zirconium. These very hard materials naturally bond to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This allows the implant roots to stimulate jaw bone tissue growth just like the natural tooth roots would, lessening the 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 those who wear dentures due to bone loss as they get older. Because dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, the bone continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. Dental implants solve this problem 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. Your dentist will make this determination after a comprehensive examination. If the problem tooth cannot be repaired or fixed, it may need to be extracted.  In this case a dental implant might be the best option to replace it as they are the longest lasting and most natural tooth replacement option.

Dental Implants in Larchmont, NY

Looking for a dental practice in Larchmont, NY? Call us for an implants consultation with Dr. Tan-Chu or request an appointment with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!