Dental Services in Hawthorne, Nutley & Surrounding Areas

Telltale Signs You May Need Dental Implants

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

When it comes to your oral health and function, it’s important to not only practice preventative care each day, but it’s essential to take care of dental issues as soon as possible. If left unresolved, certain problems can manifest into larger, more complicated health issues — not just in your mouth but in other parts of your body as well. One of the most effective ways to repair oral health issues is by getting dental implants. While they can be used to resolve a number of issues, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for implants.

The following are some signs you need dental implants in order to improve the appearance and function of your smile:

You Have a Very Cracked Tooth

If you grind your teeth, chew on hard food or non-food items, have had a large cavity filling that weakened your tooth, or got into an accident that damaged your tooth, you can easily end up with a severe crack.

While some cracked teeth can be repaired with less-invasive measures, if the tooth is cracked close to the gum line, an implant may be a better option to restore your smile. This is because it may be necessary to extract the tooth entirely, and, since it’s not healthy to leave a space empty in your jaw, your dentist will replace the tooth with an implant.

You Have Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can cause a number of serious oral health issues. Not only can having the gaps left by missing teeth make it difficult to chew or drink, but it can alow inhibit your ability to speak properly and cause facial deformation. Missing teeth also puts you at risk for developing gum disease since your gums and jaw will be more exposed.

Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth since they are secured fused into your jaw bone and are made to seemingly match your teeth to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

You Wear Dentures

Traditional dentures do an adequate job of acting as new teeth when you are missing several of your own, but they definitely have their drawbacks. Dentures typically don’t look as natural as regular teeth, must be taken out and cleaned each night, and can become loose and move around in your mouth, preventing you from have a strong, secure bite.

These are not issue’s you’ll have to experience if you opt to receive dental implants. For one, implants are directly attached to your jawbone for a secure fit and bite, so there’s no worrying about them coming loose as dentures can. They are also made with much more durable materials for a longer-lasting solution to missing teeth.

You Have Jaw Bone Loss

If you’ve ignored missing teeth, the jaw bone in those areas can begin to wear away — there’s no tooth there to protect it. This can also occur if you have periodontitis or another oral health disease. Implants can be secured into your jaw bone to prevent future damage and restore your smile.

Restore Your Smile at Rauzman Dental

We see many patients who are working through the challenges of teeth issues, whether it is just a single tooth or multiple teeth. That is why we frequently suggest dental implants as a long-term solution.

If you’re ready to restore the functionality and appearance of your smile, contact us today at (973) 427-4201. You can also contact us online.