A dental implant is needed when a tooth is lost, and a tooth can be lost for a plethora of different reasons. Some may think that only teeth in poor condition go missing, but they may not realize just the circumstances that commonly surround missing teeth, and a variety of activities can contribute to your need for a dental implant.
Some of the most common reasons for dental implants that we see at Island Dental Associates with our Franklin Square patients are:
- Injury – From getting into a car, to playing sports with friends, injuries are always a possibility. When the mouth is hit in any way, this can cause teeth to be knocked out from the mouth, and patients to find themselves in a situation where they need a dental implant. In these cases, adjacent teeth will also be examined for damage, and your Island Dental Associated dentist will be able to determine just what needs to be done to replace the missing tooth while saving the teeth that may have also become injured.
- Gum disease – Gum and oral diseases can very easily lead to teeth becoming loose and falling out of their proper place in the mouth. Periodontal disease, which is a very common form of gum disease throughout the Franklin Square area and United States, can progress to the point that teeth begin to separate from their bone and gum structure, causing the prompt need for a dental implant.
- Medications or unrelated conditions – Certain medications or seemingly unrelated health conditions can also lead to tooth decay or tooth loss, and this also will cause a patient to seek dental implant surgery in order to save their teeth and their smile. Certain cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, or rheumatoid arthritis are just some seemingly unrelated conditions that contribute to tooth loss, and many common medications can contribute to tooth decay. If you think that your health or your medications could be contributing to your tooth loss, it is always best to consult your dentist to see what can be done to save your natural teeth before an implant becomes necessary.
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