Nobody wants to look older than they are, right? If you struggle from tooth loss, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance. While dentures and dental bridges can be great tooth replacement options, they don’t address the cause of the dental issues that may be aging you. If you want to look years younger, here’s how dental implants can help rewind the clock.
Prevent Tooth Loss
Dental implants can help fill in the empty spaces and prevent further loss. That’s because the implants provide support and keep your natural teeth from tilting into the empty space, causing them to loosen and potentially fall out.
As an added bonus, dental implants fill empty sockets that can breed dangerous bacteria and develop into gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Plus, as the only tooth replacement option that stimulates circulation in the jawbone, dental implants help ensure the tissue around your remaining teeth stay strong and healthy.
Achieve a Fuller Face
If you’re missing teeth, this can make your cheeks look more sunken, causing you to look older than you are. Additionally, bone loss in your jaw caused by deterioration in empty tooth sockets affects the structure of your face. Having less of a jawbone can also age you.
Tooth loss leads to less circulation in the jawbone, which leads to deterioration, which leads to a sunken, aged appearance in the facial features. Small, diminished jawbones are often associated with the elderly.
Dental implants will prevent further bone loss and restore the structure of your face and jaw. Sometimes, a bone graft may be necessary if you’ve already experienced substantial bone loss. Your dentist will be able to determine if you’re a candidate.
While dentures are helpful for replacing missing teeth, over time they can contribute to facial changes depending on the state of your jawbone. Furthermore, dentures can sometimes be a nuisance when they move around or slide in your mouth. If your goal is to look younger, dentures are often more obvious to yourself and others around you than dental implants.
Implants are long-lasting and resemble real teeth. If you want to boost your confidence, reach out to your dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants to help you look and feel younger.
About the Author
Dr.Vatavuk is passionate about creating great relationships with his patients while improving the overall quality of their lives. He studied at the University of California at San Diego before going on to achieve his DDS from the University of Southern California. He’s committed to staying on top of the latest dental breakthroughs and technology and frequently attends continuing education courses. Dr. Vatavuk is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. If you have questions about dental implants, visit his website or give him a call at (650)328-7333.