Some people who’ve lost teeth due to tooth decay, injuries, accidents or other reasons choose to just live with the loss. Some believe that losing teeth is a natural part of the ageing process and therefore replacing a lost tooth is not necessary.
But losing a tooth can have a variety of unfortunate consequence, both to health and appearance. One unfortunate consequence is that losing teeth can make you look much older.
When you lose teeth your lips and cheeks collapse into your mouth, and the distance between the nose and chin decreases as teeth do not keep the top and bottom jawbones apart.
Missing teeth have short-term and a long-term effect. Your teeth are the “foundation” of your face, and when they’re no longer in place you immediately have nothing in place to support your lips and cheeks or elongate the face to give it a youthful appearance.
Secondly, without teeth the jawbone begins to deteriorate. If nothing is done to take the place of the lost teeth, your jawbone can literally begin to “melt away”. The good news is that dental implants can answer both the cosmetic and bone health questions.
At Lightwood Dental we recommend dental implants for both practical and aesthetic reasons.
Replacing Natural Tooth Roots After Tooth Loss
Normally, the root of a tooth stimulates the growth of bone tissue in the jaw. This keeps the jawbone strong and healthy. The jawbone constantly dissolves and rebuilds itself with stimulation from the contact of the upper and lower teeth during chewing keeping the jawbone strong.
But if a tooth is lost, that bone no longer receives the stimulation it needs to rebuild itself. Therefore, it begins to deteriorate or diminish with time through a process known as resorption.
This gradual deterioration of the jawbone can lead to noticeable changes in the appearance of the face. Dentures can help to restore the appearance of teeth, but cannot provide the bone stimulation and support that implants do.
Dental implants are complete replacements for teeth. Constructed from titanium, implants stimulate the jawbone just like natural roots. This tells the body that bone should continue to be built in that area of the jawbone to preserve its strength. As dental implants replace missing tooth roots, they encourage bone growth and regeneration, ultimately preserving the overall shape of the face.
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
- Dental Implants Protect Your Healthy Teeth
Placing bridges require grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. In contrast, dental implants go in the jawbone where your missing tooth root was, without damaging healthy teeth. This helps protect your existing teeth and jaw.
- Preserved Alignment
Tooth loss can harm bite alignment. Adjacent healthy teeth move into empty spaces, changing the way teeth fit together and allowing remaining teeth to become crooked. Dental implants serve as an anchor, preventing nearby teeth from shifting position. This helps maintain the aesthetics of the smile, and also protects dental function and health.
- Dental Implants Give Confidence
People with dental implants appear to have all of their natural teeth. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. You look better, feel better, and are healthier. You regain confidence, radiating energy and assurance wherever you go. Missing teeth can dramatically reduce overall self-confidence. Without teeth, people find themselves hiding their mouths. Dentures can help restore function to the bite and improve appearance, but they are bulky, uncomfortable and can pop out at inopportune times. Implants are permanent!
- Dental implants are built to last.
The lifespan of implants makes them your best long-term, cost-effective solution for missing teeth. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. Dentures can break, wear out, get dirty or just need to be replaced as resorption changes the structure of your jaw. Those costs can really add up over time. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time by your local dental implant expert.
Lightwood Dental has placed countless implants and are happy to explain the details of the procedure and answer your questions. We routinely use dental implants to replace single and multiple missing teeth.
The Lightwood Dental Advantage
At Lightwood Dental, the dental health of you and your loved ones is our highest priority. That’s why we work together to ensure that visits are enjoyable and successful, for patients of all ages. Whatever state your teeth are currently in, your dentist in Ferntree Gully and Knox can help you achieve the kind of smile you’ve always wanted.
Get your premium quality dental implants at Lightwood Dental today!