Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth, or to replace an unhealthy tooth rather than getting dentures. Dental implants act like your own teeth and don't take any extra work, other than brushing and flossing. There's no need to take them out at night, leave them soaking in cleanser, or worry about them moving when you drink, eat, laugh or talk. Are dental implants necessary for you though? If you aren't sure, read on for helpful information.
Is The Tooth Healthy?
If you have a cavity that can be filled, then a filling may be all you need. If you've had a filling and the root has been affected and is unhealthy, then a root canal may be the right option for you. You'll need to see your dentist for an exam and checkup to be sure. If the tooth itself is still healthy, then there shouldn't be any reason why you should have the tooth pulled. If the tooth is not healthy, is broken or you are having problems with the tooth even after a root canal or filling, then you may need to have the tooth pulled.
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
If you have had a tooth pulled, or multiple teeth pulled, a dental implant may be necessary. You can have multiple implants, or just one, but you should not keep the space open without some type of implant or bridge. If you keep the space open, it can cause problems for the rest of your teeth. You may get food stuck in the open space, or the other teeth may shift out of place. A dental implant can prevent these issues, as can a bridge, although a bridge needs special care and can be lost easily, break or move out of place while eating, drinking, talking/laughing.
Do You Take Good Care Of Your Teeth?
If you aren't someone that is going to remember to clean your dentures or bridge nightly, change the cleaning solution in the denture cup, clean out your denture cup, or take the time to add denture cream to keep your dentures in place, then maybe dentures aren't for you. You may prefer implants that are cared for like your natural teeth, rather than taking all of the other steps to care for your dentures or bridges.
If you aren't sure if you need dental implants, you need to take a trip to your dentist for a checkup and exam. Discuss your dental options with your dentist.