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When Do I Need Dental Implants?

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If you have teeth missing and are otherwise in good health, consider the advantages of a dental implant. A dental implant replaces not only the visible tooth, but the roots below as well, stimulating bone health and promoting improved oral health. In the following situations, a dental implant may be the more ideal solution:

Significant Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, especially in its more advanced form of periodontitis, can begin a process of detaching the tissue from your teeth and affecting bone health. Over time, this disease can destroy tissue and surrounding support, leading to tooth loss and bone resorption. A dental implant cannot be placed until the periodontitis has been treated, but it can be used part of a strategy to return pre-disease stability and health to your mouth.

Dental Trauma

Teeth can become fractured or completely lost due to falls, sports-related injuries, or other accidents. Implants are the most dependable solution to tooth loss and are recommended to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can also work to replace teeth that need to be extracted after severe loss of structural integrity. Extraction may be the only recourse for significantly damaged teeth and the placement of dental implants allow patients to regain full oral function.

Replacing Old, Failing Restorations

Other restoration options like bridges or crowns are typically recommended for patients whose teeth are healthy enough to remain in place, but require functional and aesthetic restoration. Over time, however, ideal conditions for the support of these prosthetics may no longer apply, requiring that the restoration be removed, teeth extracted, and missing teeth to be then replaced. The same can be said of severely damaged teeth that have been through several root canals; for many patients, as the years go on, problematic teeth can no longer be restored but must be replaced entirely.

While removable teeth replacements like dentures can slip from the gums, leading to potentially embarrassing situations, dental implants are designed to last well into the future. With proper care, many implant patients can enjoy treatment that last upwards of twenty years.  Due to the comprehensive nature of placement, dental implants offer great security and reliability.

If tooth loss has made you a candidate for dental implants, speak to our implant dentist, Dr. Thomas E. O’Connor about regaining your smile’s vitality. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation!

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