Do I Need a Dental Implant? – Determining you Options

Those who have lost teeth or have had teeth removed have choices to make. Replacing a tooth with prosthetics is one option, ignoring the missing tooth is another, and getting dental implants is a third. More people than ever are choosing the third option over the first two. But deciding if you need a dental implant isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. Asking yourself a few basic questions can help you determine if a dental implant is right for you. The first thing to decide is whether or not you want a new tooth. In some cases, a missing tooth won’t hinder you. A single missing molar, for instance, will rarely be seen by anyone, won’t influence your ability to speak, and will not hinder your ability to chew. However, missing several teeth or missing those that are important for speaking or chewing may mean tooth replacement is needed. Front teeth, for instance, are necessary for making certain sounds correctly when speaking or for taking bites of food. It can be embarrassing to smile when they’re absent. In these cases, it might be a good decision to have those teeth replaced. How do you know if a dental implant is the right replacement option for you? There are a few things that you’ll want to consider. The first is whether or not you want to take on the responsibility of managing a removable prosthetic. A dental implant is permanent and will essentially be another tooth once it has been installed. There will be no chance of it falling out or becoming dislodged, no way of losing it, and no worries about it slipping free while you’re eating or talking. That’s very important to many people. A dental implant also looks and feels more natural in your mouth than prosthetics. There are drawbacks, of course. Implants involve a more complex procedure and will require recovery time. They’re also a bit more expensive than other choices. But the process and the money are well worth it to most people who are looking for a new smile that they can depend on. If you’re missing teeth and want to replace them in the best possible way, then having a dental implant installed is probably the best option for you.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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