Having missing teeth can pose quite a few problems; not only is your oral functionality greatly diminished, but those unattractive gaps in your grin can cause some serious self-esteem issues! But did you know that missing teeth can also lead to undesirable changes in your facial structure? Here’s what your dentist wants you to know about this issue, along with how dental implants offer an impressive solution that’ll have your smile looking and feeling its best once more.
How Tooth Loss Impacts Facial Structure
Simply put, when you suffer from tooth loss, those areas of your jaw become completely void of any stimulation. This is pretty problematic since your jawbone relies on the stimulation your teeth provide; without it, your jaw can start to deteriorate and shrink, which in turn will give your face a sunken and gaunt appearance and also make you appear older than you actually are! You might also experience changes in facial angles, along with wrinkles, thinning lips, and cheek jowls, all of which can contribute to a chronic frowning appearance.
How Dental Implants Can Help
If you’ve heard of dental implants, you’ve maybe heard that they’re considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement. They’re capable of restoring lost teeth in terms of look, feel, and functionality—and better yet, they can directly address the loss in facial structure that’s triggered by missing teeth!
This is due to their unique placement method; biocompatible implant posts are embedded directly into the jawbone, where they’ll fuse with it in order to provide maximum stability for the replacement teeth, in addition to the healthy stimulation that your jawbone requires. This is because the implant posts perfectly mimic your natural tooth roots. As a result, patients with dental implants won’t just enjoy a smile that feels great, functions properly, and looks beautiful—they’ll also retain a more youthful and fuller-looking face!
And since implants are also designed to last, assuming you take great care of your new smile, it’s here to stay for potentially several decades. This means that you certainly don’t have to settle for gaps in your smile, nor do you have to endure the potential loss in facial shape due to missing teeth. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist to begin rebuilding your youthful smile with dental implants!
About the Practice
The team at Indianapolis Family Dentistry is honored to serve patients and families in Indianapolis, IN, and the surrounding area. Under the skilled leadership of Dr. Mark M. Farthing and Dr. Armin M. Tepner, they offer a comprehensive range of services that are certain to help you and your loved ones achieve brighter and healthier smiles! If you have any questions about the article or would like to set up an appointment, feel free to contact the practice online or over the phone for assistance: (317) 622-6605.