There are more than 36 million people in America that do not have any teeth. 36 million! And that’s not all. Trends in dental care indicate a 5.7% increase in the frequency of dental implants until 2016, with projections suggesting that this number is likely to rise further.
All these figures suggest that oral decay is a disease that America is fighting. And without proper care, matters are likely to get worse. Several oral health diseases can lead to your dentist determining that you need dental implants.
Here’s a list of 7 conditions that, if you have, you should visit your dentist immediately.
1. Difficulty While Chewing
Does your tooth hurt every time you sit down to eat something? This might indicate a possible cavity that’s growing worse or a myriad of issues such as misaligned teeth, dentures that don’t fit properly, or jaw stiffness, among others.
By getting dental implants, you can stabilize your jaw and teeth to chew your food with ease.
2. Trouble With Speech
Some of us might also experience speech troubles, which might manifest themselves as mispronounced words and difficulty forming certain positions with our upper and lower jaw, resulting in poor communication.
If your teeth are chipped off, misaligned, or broken, you might be experiencing these issues while speaking. A dental implant can fix all the above, allowing your teeth to realign and enable clearer speech.
3. Missing Tooth/Teeth
Gaps left behind when a tooth or several teeth are missing can result in misalignment issues with your jaw and are primarily caused by injuries sustained in accidents, smoking, or poor oral hygiene.
Dental implants fill in the gaps to keep your jaw aligned, allowing you to talk and eat easily while also not worrying about the appearance of your smile.
4. Periodontitis Or Advanced Gum Disease
Gum disease, when advanced, is termed periodontitis, in which your gums get severely inflamed, loosening your teeth and possibly causing gum bleeding, among other symptoms. If not treated timely, your teeth and gums can become badly infected, leading to invasive procedures such as tooth extractions.
But with our laser technology, we make sure none of our clients experience any significant discomfort during any procedure. Depending on how severe your periodontitis is, you might qualify for dental implants that can provide support to your teeth and gums wherever necessary.
5. Broken Or Cracked Teeth
In some cases, broken or cracked teeth might be saved using fillers or crowns. However, if the damage is far too extensive or multiple teeth are affected, getting dental implants might be your only viable option.
Ignoring broken or cracked teeth can be quite dangerous for your oral health, as they might result in more aggressive and complex conditions later, i.e., increased tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, etc.
6. Ill-Fitted Dentures
As we age, our oral cavity also goes through changes with respect to its shape and form. What this means for people that have dentures is that they might need to change their dentures from time to time. However, some people report getting recurrent sores from ill-fitted dentures and frustration at the prospect of getting new dentures every few months.
That’s why in some cases, people with dentures might be able to opt for dental implants, which is a much more permanent solution.
If your dentist clears you for dental implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth falling out while talking or eating.
7. Unhappy With Your Smile
While perhaps not as health-threatening as the other conditions, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you might experience significant dips in your mood and confidence when in social circumstances.
In order to maintain a healthy social life as well as keep your self-esteem high, you might want to consider dental implants. If installed using ceramic implants and proper tools, your implants will feel and perform just like your natural teeth. And you can even customize the color of your implants to match the rest of your teeth to the exact shade!
It’s necessary for you to speak with a professional dental hygienist if you are thinking about getting dental implants, as they would be more qualified to make this decision. We recommend visiting the dentist every 4-6 months, depending on your oral health conditions.
Our dentists at Mission Implant Center are exceptionally trained at handling all sorts of dental implant installations, no matter how complex the case may be. We rely on minimally invasive technology, including LANAP technology, as well as our laser dentistry treatment.