There are many factors that put the teeth at risk of decay. Fortunately, saliva is the mouth’s natural cleansing mechanism. It keeps the mouth moist and rinses away harmful bacteria and food particles. However, for patients who suffer from dry mouth, there is insufficient saliva flow and the teeth are left vulnerable to dental problems. In some cases, patients may lose their teeth as a result of dry mouth and oral health problems. Dental implants offer replacement for teeth that have been lost or severely damaged by decay. But are dental implants right for those with dry mouth? The answer is yes. These restorations are not susceptible to decay, so they are an excellent option for those who lack saliva, the mouth’s natural defense against decay. To learn more about dental implants and dry mouth, contact our Fort Worth practice today.
Dry Mouth and Decay
One of the most common side effects of dry mouth is tooth decay. The mouth is a natural breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria thrives on the particles, sugars, and starches that get left on the teeth and gums after a person has eaten or enjoyed a beverage. While brushing and flossing help to keep the mouth clean, it is important that the mouth be moist so saliva can rinse away these particles and keep the mouth clean between brushings. Those who do not have sufficient saliva are more likely to suffer decay that will require restorative dental treatment.
The Dental Implant Advantage
In most cases, if a patient suffers from decay, it is ideal to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. However, in the case of patients with dry mouth, it may be a better option to extract severely damaged teeth and replace them with dental implants. The reason for this is that dry mouth makes decay a constant problem. If a decayed tooth is treated with a traditional restoration, such as a dental filling or dental crown, the natural tooth that remains beneath this restoration will still be susceptible to decay. There are many instances in which a patient with dry mouth has a tooth treated with a dental crown only to have the natural tooth beneath the crown become infected.
Dental implants offer a unique advantage to patients who suffer from dry mouth because they cannot suffer from decay. Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth root that is affixed with an artificial tooth (in the form of a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture). While dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, there is no natural tooth structure remaining that can become decayed. This allows patients with dry mouth to restore their smile without the threat of future instances of decay or infection that will require additional restorative treatment. Dental implants come in various sizes, and the correct size of implant for you will vary depending on the density of your bone. If you have suffered from bone loss, mini implants may be the right size for you.
Schedule an Appointment
Dental implants offer a comfortable, durable, and attractive restoration for damaged or missing teeth. If you are interested in restoring your smile and would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Brown at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!