Loose or missing teeth can not only influence your smile but they could be an indication that you need a dental implant. Dental implants are a restoration procedure that restores your smile and oral function and preserves bone that would otherwise be lost.
Let’s take a look at dental implants from why you need them to who is and isn’t a good candidate for them.
Without Dental Implants You Could Lose Your Jaw Bone
Known as jaw bone resorption, without the mechanical and physical stress caused by chewing, the density of your jaw bone begins to decrease until you face jaw bone deterioration.
Left untreated, this can lead to facial collapse, a condition that can affect your bite and may lead to pain. Not to mention the cosmetic effect where the skin sags over the missing bone, leading to a gaunt, aged look.
What is important to note is that dentures do not prevent jawbone resorption. In fact, if you are missing teeth and choose to get dentures instead, eventually, you could lose enough bone that you are no longer a candidate for dental implants.
To best understand your options, make sure you speak to a dental professional to understand the best course of action for you and your oral health.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who is missing teeth is a good candidate for dental implants. Those who may not benefit from dental implants or would be unable to get them are those with unhealthy gums or jaw bones that are underdeveloped, such as teenagers, or those who have too much bone loss to be able to support the dental implants.
The only way to determine the density of your jaw bone and if they would be able to support dental implants is to make an appointment with a dentist and have a consultation.
Schedule an Appointment With Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville
Living with missing teeth can dampen your confidence as well as pose a great oral health risk. At Precision Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville, we are proud to be able to help you restore your smile and oral health.
Our team, including Dr. Matthew Huff, who has been recognized as “One Of The Best Young Dentists In America”, is eager to offer you care as well as answer any questions you may have.
Give us a call at (830) 896-8343 to schedule an appointment.