Because a person's smile impacts both their appearance and their health, an individual who has lost one or more teeth due to accident, decay, periodontal disease or other issue should consider tooth replacement with dental implants. Permanently fixed to the jawbone in the area where the natural root structure formerly resided, the metal implant supports a prosthetic tooth that looks, feels and functions just like its natural counterpart. The advantages of this state-of-the-art tooth replacement option are many and include giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
How dental implants make a person look younger
When an individual loses teeth, several factors in oral health and hygiene can go awry, including:
- biting and chewing easily and efficiently
- speaking clearly
- needing to use denture adhesives
- having sore spots on the gums where bridgework or dentures set
- recession of gums and bone because teeth are no longer present to "exercise" and maintain those tissues
This last factor is very important. The American Dental Association (ADA) has found that the physical forces which keep the proper size and shape of the gums and jaw bone are significantly reduced when a person has experienced significant tooth loss. These changes lead to a prematurely aged look to the face.
Fortunately, dental implants relieve those issues as the new teeth are easily maintained with proper hygiene, do not develop cavities and help preserve gum tissue and bone. In other words, dental implants result in a firm foundation and in a beautiful, natural smile that lasts for the rest of the individual's life. In addition, having a full set of teeth avoids the disconcerting cosmetic changes that occur with tooth loss - sagging facial features, wrinkling of skin, shifting of remaining teeth, and thinning of the lips.
Your dentist can advise you if you are a candidate for dental implants
Placing a dental implant is considered a surgical procedure and requires some anesthesia. Your dentist is the most qualified person to determine if the procedure is right for you. The vast majority of dental implant procedures are straightforward and highly successful, and implant recipients testify to their more youthful appearance and self-confidence when they eat, smile, laugh and speak in public.
Explore this option
Joseph DuRoss DDS has years of expertise and experience in all kinds of dental work, including implant dentistry. He and his friendly, professional staff are available at (562) 424-8537 for appointments at their Long Beach, CA office. Why not see if dental implants are right for you?