November 9, 2023
Tooth loss is very common. In fact, over 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Fortunately, you don’t need to rely on dental bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth anymore. While these are great options for some people, they don’t replace the entirety of the missing tooth like dental implants do. Continue reading to learn more about the different ways that dental implants can make you appear more youthful.
Fills Out Your Face
When you’re missing teeth, your cheeks may appear more sunken in and your lips more wrinkled. This is because the teeth are anchored in the jawbone. When one or more are missing, bone loss will occur. Since the jaw is one of the main things that contributes to the structure of the face, bone loss can leave you with a gaunt appearance. By stimulating the jawbone through regular via the tooth roots, it will stay strong. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option out there that replaces the roots of the missing teeth, therefore preventing jawbone deterioration and the loss of facial structure.
Having white teeth is associated with youth and good health. When you get older, the teeth will naturally become discolored. It’s just part of the aging process. One of the great things about dental implants is that the restorations placed on them are made with stain-resistant materials. They are also customized to be the exact color needed to give you a natural-looking, beautifully white smile. This way, you don’t have to worry about staining.
Prevents Further Tooth Loss
When you have gaps in your smile, it will immediately make you appear older. The surrounding teeth will also move around to fill in the gaps. This can weaken them and cause them to fall out over time. Having empty sockets in your smile also means that bacteria have the perfect breeding ground. An infection of the gums can lead to additional tooth and bone loss. By getting dental implants, you can fill in these gaps and prevent additional tooth loss.
No More Dentures!
Dentures can help to fill out the face, but they will not stop the jawbone from being reabsorbed by the body. Eventually, your jawbone and the shape of your face will change. This means that your dentures won’t fit you anymore. Instead, they can shift around and make a clicking noise when you chew or speak. This certainly won’t make you feel more youthful. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about any of these issues with dental implants.
If your missing teeth are taking away from your oral health and appearance, dental implants are likely a great option for you! You’ll be showing off a beautiful, youthful smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. David M. Weinman earned his dental doctorate from the prestigious School of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education training and is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. For more information on dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Westfield, visit his website or call (908) 654-7200.
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