Dental implants are used to replace both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. While other tooth replacement options only focus on restoring the visible portion of the smile, implants are embedded within the jawbone where they provide the stimulation necessary to avoid bone loss. Here are a few signs you may need to talk to your about dental implant placement:
- Severe Tooth Decay
There’s a good chance you have severe tooth decay if one or more teeth have visible black or brown spots and if you have persistent tooth pain. Chronic bad breath is another common sign of decay. If you catch the problem quickly enough, you may be able to solve it by simply having the decayed portion removed and filled in by a skilled dentist. However, if tooth decay is very severe, your dentist may not be able to save the tooth. If this happens, a root canal or dental implant procedure may be recommended.
- Chipped Tooth
Minor chips in a tooth can usually be repaired fairly easily, but larger chips can compromise the entire structure of the tooth and provide bacteria with an entry point to the inner pulp. If possible, your dentist in Leesburg, VA, will place a crown on the affected tooth to seal off the entry point. When the tooth is too badly damaged to simply restore with a crown, a dental implant may be required.
- Loose or Missing Teeth
Sometimes teeth can get knocked out due to an injury. More often, teeth become loose or fall out of the mouth because of gum disease. Dental implants are a great solution for tooth loss but should be combined with gum disease treatment when appropriate to improve overall oral health.
Improve Your Oral Health
Today is the perfect time to improve your oral health. To schedule your dental implant appointment with Drs. Gary Ashton, Hugo Manrique, Christine Han or Nassir Barekzi, call Cardinal Park Family Dental Care.