What Dental Implants Do for Your Facial Appearance

What Dental Implants Do for Your Facial Appearance

There are many different benefits that come with dental implants, from more comfortable support to the preservation of your remaining healthy tooth structure. Among those benefits is the improved appearance of your smile. They not only replace lost teeth, but also address many of the subsequent consequences that could affect how your smile and surrounding facial features look. For instance, facial collapse, or the sunken facial appearance that often occurs following tooth loss, can affect your entire appearance even after having a custom dental bridge or denture placed.

What’s the Biggest Cause of Tooth Loss?

Dental implants have been immensely successful at replacing lost teeth since they were introduced to clinical dentistry over 60 years ago. However, the reason why they’re so popular is because tooth loss is still such a significant threat to many patients’ smiles. While there are many reasons behind permanent tooth loss, the most common one is severe gum disease. This may seem ironic given the fact that gum disease is highly preventable and treatable with proper dental care and maintenance.

Important Benefits of Dental Implants

The difference between dental implants and conventional replacement teeth is that implant posts are designed specifically to replace the roots of your lost teeth. As such, they’re inserted into the jawbone (like teeth roots) and can be used to support a custom-designed dental prosthesis. By enhancing a replacement crown, bridge, or denture with an appropriate number of implant posts, you can enjoy a number of significant benefits for your oral health, both immediately and in the long-term.

Is There a Way to Prevent Losing Teeth?

These days, tooth loss isn’t as big of a deal as it was decades ago. With a variety of advanced tooth replacement options, such as lifelike dental implants, more patients than ever can regain the confidence and convenience of a full, healthy smile. Patients who haven’t experienced tooth loss yet can also significantly reduce their risks of it with the help of highly personalized dental care. By addressing the most common causes of tooth loss, you can more effectively prevent tooth loss and preserve your healthy, natural smile for life.

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