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6 Signs You May Need Dental Implants

missing teeth replacement baltimore mdDo you currently have dentures, but are tired of dealing with messy denture adhesives and slippage? Are you experiencing pain due to a broken or severely cracked tooth?

Maybe you’re considering dental implants and wondering if they would solve these problems all at once for you?

No matter which situation you’re in, Dr. Leah Romay at Baltimore Dental Co. in Glyndon, MD, would like you to be educated about dental implants to discover whether they can be a solution for your dental problems.

So join us as we uncover 6 important warning signs that you may need dental implants.

1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth.

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a dental crown or implant may be your best options to restore the tooth. While dentists try their best to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, if the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the best option might be a tooth extraction and a dental implant to replace the problem tooth. If an implant is needed, rest assured, it will look and function just like your natural teeth.

2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.

Having gaps in your smile where you are missing teeth can be embarrassing and cause you to be self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. A dental implant will not only fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located but it will look and feel just like your natural teeth too.

3. You have loose-fitting partials or a loose-fitting denture.

Loose-fitting dentures or partials can be exasperating to deal with everyday. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials. With an implant, you will no longer have to worry about your dentures becoming loose throughout the day or feeling self-conscious that your dentures will fall out in public while talking or eating.

4. You are starting to experience bone loss (in the jaw area).

Dental implants can actually aid in the prevention of bone loss in your jawbone. This is because the implant screw that gets surgically placed in the socket of the jawbone and acts as the artificial tooth root is made of titanium or zirconium. These materials naturally bond with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, which enables the implant roots to stimulate jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would, lessening the chance of the bone deteriorating over time.

5. You have a sunken-in look to your facial appearance.

Did you ever notice the sunken-in or caved-in look that some denture-wearers have on a daily basis? Unfortunately, this is a common problem for patients with patients who wear dentures due to bone loss as you grow older. Because dentures do not stimulate fresh bone growth as implants do, the bone continues to deteriorate over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. Dental implants solve this problem by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant (See #4 above for details).

6. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.

Sometimes a severely decayed or infected tooth cannot be saved or fixed. Your dentist can make this determination after a thorough examination. If he or she determines the problem tooth cannot be repaired or fixed, it may need to be extracted.  In this case a dental implant might be the best option to replace it as they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants in Glyndon, MD

Live in or near Glyndon, MD? Call Baltimore Dental Co. at 410.220.4680 for an implants consultation with Dr. Romay or schedule with us online. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!