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.

The Facial Collapse Phenomenon

Your teeth do more than bite, chew, and make up your smile. They’re also vital to maintaining the health and integrity of your surrounding oral and facial structures, particularly the jawbone. When you bite and chew, every tooth root is stimulated. As your body notices their presence, it sends an appropriate amount of nutrients to your jawbone to support them. Your body also notices when a root is no longer being stimulated and adjusts the amount of nutrients it sends accordingly. When your jawbone receives fewer minerals and nutrients, it grows weaker, losing density and leading to facial collapse.

How Dental Implants Support Your Jawbone

Whether you’ve lost one, several, or all of your teeth, the missing teeth roots will gradually affect your jawbone’s strength and integrity. To prevent this, your dentist can recommend supporting your dental prosthesis on one or more dental implant posts, which can be inserted into your jawbone in place of the missing roots. Each post is strategically placed for optimal support of your dental prosthesis, and to provide a maximum amount of bite stimulation to your jawbone to prevent jawbone erosion and facial collapse.

Stop Facial Collapse with Dental Implants

Following the loss of your teeth roots, your jawbone can gradually grow smaller, leading to the condition known as facial collapse. To learn how dental implants can help stop facial collapse, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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