Five Reasons You May Need a Dental Implant
When people think of replacements for their natural teeth, they traditionally think of removable dentures and even dental bridges. This is due, in large part, to their relative affordability. However, this tradeoff with this price difference is felt in a variety of ways, including comfort, convenience, and the health of your jaw. Dental implants are a long-term solution to these problems that look, feel, and function exactly like real teeth. Dr. Rick Campbell and the rest of his talented team at Sunrise Smile Design are highly experienced in applying dental implants for various patients. The following are just a few of the reasons some of our patients in Phoenix, AZ commonly find themselves in need of dental implants.
1. You have a broken tooth
While our staff will do everything possible to save your teeth, sometimes the damage is too extensive to be repaired with a filling or crown. In these cases, it is usually best to extract the afflicted tooth and imbed a dental implant in its place. Any time you notice any damage to one of your teeth, it is important to schedule an appointment at Sunrise Smile Design as soon as possible in order to avoid any long-lasting damage.
2. At least one of your natural teeth are missing
Not only can gaps in your teeth cause self-confidence issues regarding your smile, but they can also affect the way you speak and eat. These gaps can lead to problems pronouncing certain syllables, as well as issues chewing certain types of foods. By replacing these missing teeth with a dental implant, we are able to restore your smile, as well as your ability to speak and chew properly.
3. Your current partials or dentures are constantly loose
As time goes on, partials and dentures often become looser and looser. Outside of simply feeling uncomfortable, this can also lead to a constant fear of public embarrassment when they fall out while you are talking or eating. Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone by Dr. Campbell, securing them in place just like a natural tooth. Our patients in Phoenix, AZ often love how easy it is to forget they are even wearing their dental implants, especially in comparison to dentures.
4. Your jaw has started to suffer from bone loss
As dentures do not stimulate the growth of new bone tissue as natural teeth do, the condition of the jawbone will gradually depreciate over time until the mouth begins to look as if it is collapsing in on itself. When dental implants are initially applied to the mouth, a hole is drilled into the jaw. This hole is where the implant will be placed. As the healing process within the jawbone begins, it will fill in around the implant. This encourages the constant growth of bone tissue, as well as helps the jaw to preserve the proper shape and density.
5. Your dentures are negatively affecting your diet
Dentures aren't exactly the most convenient option when it comes to eating. In fact, a full upper removable denture will likely cover much of the roof of the mouth. For many, this makes the act of eating a meal extremely difficult and hard to enjoy. Additionally, the presence of dentures alone will likely force you to exclude crunchy or chewy foods from your diet. The placement and durability of dental implants make chewing your food feel completely natural, allowing you to add these foods back into your diet.
A healthy smile that lasts a while
Removable dentures and dental bridges are often inconvenient when it comes to eating, talking, cleaning, oral health, and more. Allow the experienced staff at Sunrise Smile Design in Phoenix, AZ to assess your teeth in order to decide whether or not dental implants might be a viable option for you. Contact us today to schedule a time to discuss your questions and concerns with Dr. Rick Campbell, an expert in implant dentistry.