We all know the feeling. You’ve eaten something a bit tough, had a bit of a tumble, or are starting to feel a little less confident about an old filling, and are experiencing discomfort with your teeth. But how do you determine whether you’re just having some passing discomfort, or if you need more extensive work? In this blog post, we at the Centre for Implant Dentistry in Glasgow are going to talk you through the scenarios in which you should consider getting dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a “cap” that is placed over a damaged or malformed tooth in order to protect it, or change its appearance. Thanks to new developments in dental implant technology, if you do need a crown, you can be seen by a dentist, have your situation analysed, and be fitted with a long-term solution crown all in a single day. So rest assured, whatever the outcome, we’re ready to offer you the advice and service that you need.
If you’ve recently broken a tooth
Even small chips or breaks in a tooth can go on to become more significant breakages. Your teeth are one of the hardest-working parts of the body, and unlike our skin, our teeth are unable to repair themselves if damaged. Immediately addressing a breakage or chip will not only save you from discomfort, but also minimise the extent of the damage. Quickly addressing a breakage and having an implant fitted can be the difference between having to having to replace a tooth or not. An implant that’s being made to replace a broken tooth will be modelled to fit in with your other teeth, as well as protecting it from any further damage, meaning that you’ll not only be comfortable, but confident.
To protect a damaged tooth
Dental implants can also be used to protect damaged teeth, especially when the roots of the damaged teeth aren’t strong enough to sustain a full replacement. Dental implants have a coating on them that protects them from decay, making it a long-term solution instead of a short-term strategy. This saves you, the customer, money, time and effort in the long run, as you know that you’re choosing an option that protects your dental health and limits the amount of future work needed.
To improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth
Today, we interact with more substances that alter the colour of our teeth than ever before (check back into the CID blog next month to read our myth-busting piece on the subject). As a result, the number of people seeking treatment for tooth discolouring is at an all-time high. Implants can act as a permanent solution to those experiencing discolouring, as they cover the part of the tooth in question, eliminating the issue, and, treatments such as teeth-whitening, do not require extensive following up.
If one of the above situations applies to you, or you’d like to learn more about dental implants and your options, get in touch with us. We’re here to get you the smile you want.