Four Times When You May Need a Dental Implant
Your dentist may recommend dental implants if you are missing one or more of your teeth. While dental implants are often considered cosmetic and therefore not covered by national health insurance services, they do provide you with an increase in functionality for your teeth. In some cases, dental implants could be a part of your covered dental services. Consider these four times in which you may want to consider a dental implant.
1. Before You Receive Orthodontic Care
Before you receive orthodontic care, you may need to have an implant. An implant might be needed if one or more of your natural teeth were removed because of decay, injury or incorrect eruption. You would get the implant, allow your jaws to heal and then get the artificial tooth crown placed. After the implant is completed, you could get the needed orthodontic services to correct the alignment of your teeth.
2. When Your Natural Tooth Needs to Be Extracted
You may need to have a tooth extraction for several reasons. A common reason why a dentist or oral surgeon would extract a tooth is due to tooth decay. A deep or large cavity cannot be corrected with a filling. A crown might not work if there is not enough of your tooth’s natural structure remaining after the decay is removed. An implant can be placed immediately after your natural tooth is extracted. If you need a bone graft, you could have that done at the time of the extraction. The implant would be placed three to six months after the bone graft.
3. To Prevent Your Other Teeth From Shifting
If you lost a natural tooth years ago, your remaining natural teeth could shift out of place. If you had orthodontic work done in the past, this could undo the work you already had done. Shifting teeth could change the alignment, causing problems for your bite. When teeth move out of place, they can also be harder to clean. Getting an implant fills in the spot where a tooth is missing and stops the other teeth from shifting out of their proper positions in your jaw bones.
4. In Place of Getting Dentures or Partials
When you are missing several teeth on your upper or lower jaw, your dentist might recommend getting a partial denture. This involves a lot of dental work. You would need crowns mounted to the neighboring teeth in order to support the partial. A full denture replaces all of your missing teeth on your upper or lower jaw. Implants can support a denture. Instead of dealing with dentures that slip, the implants would anchor the device in place. Learn more information and find additional resources at the Build Your Smile website.