Missing teeth can be a huge source of self consciousness and even stop you from opening your mouth to smile for fear of exposing your vacant gaps. However, not only can dental implants can restore your confidence and your smile’s aesthetic and function to 100%, but they also preserve the health of your jawbone. Read on to find out more.
How do missing teeth affect your jawbone health?
Your teeth provide stimulation and support for your jawbone continuously throughout the day, through actions like chewing for example. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone resorbs (shrinks) because it is no longer receiving the stimulation is needs.
People who have worn dentures for a long time can suffer from bone loss due to their jawbone not receiving the stimulation it needs. The loss of the ridge bone will draw your chin and nose closer together, resulting in your jaw jutting out. This also creates deep wrinkles around your mouth and cheeks, making you appear older than your years.
Consequently, these changes to your facial aesthetic can bring about changes in your confidence also. Facial collapse (as illustrated above) can totally change the way you look which can indeed be alarming and a great source of stress. Dental implants can reverse these changes, whilst also restoring your ability to chew and break down foods correctly.
How dental implants can salvage your jawbone
Dental implants are the most effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. This is because the implant is placed directly into the jawbone and is left to fuse with it over a period of 6 months. The process of the implant fusing with your jawbone is known as ossiointergration and as the implant is made from titanium (a highly biocompatible material) rejections are extremely rare. Dental implants essentially ‘trick’ your body into thinking a real tooth is there and in turn, tissues begin to grow around the implant again, as they would in the case of a real tooth.
Here at Corner House Dental we offer All-On-4 dental implants treatment, a cost-effective dental implants treatment that uses only 4 implants. If you would like to book a consultation with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.