Do I Need Dental Implants?

dental implants hampton roads vaAre you tired of dealing with the messy adhesives and slippage that happen when wearing dentures? Or maybe you living with pain from a severely cracked or broken tooth? Do you find yourself too self-conscious to smile because of the gaps in your smile from missing teeth?

No matter which situation best describes you, Dr. William Harper, a respected dentist in Poquoson, VA, in the Hampton Roads/Newport News area, would like you to be educated about what dental implants can do for you and your dental issues. So join us as we discuss why you might benefit from dental implants.

1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth that cannot be saved.

If you’re living with a painful, cracked or broken tooth, a dental implant may be the only option to fully restore its’ appearance and functioning. Although dentists always strive to save as much of the original, natural tooth as possible, sometimes a tooth is just too damaged. If the tooth is beyond repair, it may need to be removed. If this happens, a dental implant — a fully functioning prosthetic that looks just like a natural tooth — can replace it and because implants have a 95% satisfaction rate, you might even forget you have one!

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

Living with gaps in your smile where you are missing teeth can be embarrassing and make you self-conscious about smiling, talking or eating in public. A dental implant will fill in the space where your natural tooth was once located and 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 a source of anxiety, having you constantly worrying about your dentures becoming loose or even slipping out when you are talking or eating. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures and partials since they are permanently attached, you never need to worry about them falling out.

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

Did you know that dental implants can actually help prevent bone loss in your jaw? It’s true. The artificial root of the implant is made with titanium or zirconium. These materials naturally bond to the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. When this has happened, the “root” of the implant can stimulate jaw bone growth just like the natural tooth roots would, lessening the chance of the bone eroding over time if the tooth is not replaced.

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. Since dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, the bone continues over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. Preventing the deterioration of jaw bone tissue prevents mouth regression — the shrunken appearance that the mouths of many denture-wearers have. Dental implants can help you avoid this problem by stimulating bone growth in the jaw around the implant.

Dental Implants in Hampton Roads/Newport News Area

Live in or near Poquoson, VA? Call 757.414.7227 for an implant consultation with Dr. Harper or schedule with us online. Dr. Harper and his staff look forward to helping you restore your smile!