Dental implants are on the rise. In previous years, for those who had lost teeth, whether it’s through injury or poor dental health, dentures may have been offered to give the appearance of a full set of teeth. Although the treatments are ever improving, in the past, dentures had been notorious for being ill-fitting, or loose. Because of this, dental implants have found a place in the dental treatment market and act as a more permanent and natural solution for missing teeth, with the benefits of no-one else knowing that your smile isn’t entirely your own.
If you’re not sure whether this treatment is for you, below are three signs that you are a good candidate for a dental implant:
1. Missing teeth
If you are missing one or two teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution. In some instances, where the loss of teeth has caused the mouth to shrink, meaning dentures could no longer be supported; dental implants would be the only solution.
2. Trouble eating
If teeth are loose, they can easily affect the ability to chew, and therefore your eating. At this point it may be time to look at a solution. Dental implants are so successful in these instances because they use the same method as your natural teeth to keep the crown teeth in place – with the use of an artificial tooth root in the gums. No more wobbly teeth.
3. Advanced gum disease
Gum disease is one of the major causes of tooth loss. Sufferers of gum disease may be ideal candidate for dental implants for this reason. However, they must be willing to treat the gum disease in addition to the dental implants. If not cared for properly, dental implants, as well as gums, can become damaged. Brushing and flossing is absolutely necessary for long-term success.