Bad breath, or halitosis, can be an embarrassing ailment, and it can affect a person’s self-confidence, social life and even their professional life. In some cases, bad breath may have a simple cause. Bacteria that lives in decaying teeth, for instance, can result in halitosis.
You may even be suffering from this particular condition unknowingly because of neglecting your oral health. Simply forgetting to brush or floss your teeth and completely avoiding your dentist for years on end can have dire consequences. Therefore, dealing with halitosis is not just a matter of making a person’s breath smell better. Bad breath can be a sign of an infected tooth or a more serious condition, and it should be treated promptly.
Badly decayed teeth may need to be removed. However, people who have a tooth extracted do not need to worry about having a gap where the tooth was. Depending on the patient’s needs dental implants can replace one or more decayed teeth, but first they need to be extracted. As your dentist might tell you, the procedure is pretty straightforward and the implant will feel like a permanent tooth.
There are two types of implants. Endosteal implants are the most common, and they are placed in the jawbone. For people whose tooth decay has resulted in the deterioration of bone, subperiosteal dental implants, which sit atop the jaw, may be a better solution. The tissue actually grows around the implant for several weeks before the abutment and the crown are placed.
There are a number of advantages to dental implants. Chief of them all is that implants are easy to care for. They only need to be brushed and flossed regularly just as regular teeth should be. This easy maintenance means they help to prevent gum disease as well as other types of infection. Your dentist may also give you some pointers for better care and maintenance.