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Reclaim a More Youthful Appearance with Dental Implants


Posted on 1/9/2014 by Dr. Franco
Losing your teeth can be a complex and challenging ordeal: Not only can it have psychological consequences by impacting your self-confidence level but it also can affect your oral health long-term. Dental implants are the best options for replacing missing teeth because they offer multiple benefits, including the fact that they keep your jawbone healthy so that you can maintain a more youthful appearance even as you continue to age.

Your implant dentist will place the tooth-restoration device directly into your jawbone. Dental implants feature three parts. They first consist of the implants themselves, which are screw-like objects made out of titanium. Over time, a secure bond forms between the bone and the implant creating a strong support for the connecting piece, or abutment. As a final step, a tooth-like cap called a crown is placed on top of the implant and abutment.

What sets a dental implant apart from other tooth-replacement options, such as dentures, is that dentures rest on top of the gum line. On the contrary, the implant closely mimics a tooth root and stimulates your oral tissues each time you chew. As a result, your oral tissues continue to regenerate in the same way they would with natural teeth, so your jawbone remains strong and healthy.

If you fail to replace a missing tooth, your jawbone will lack the stimulation it needs, causing the bone tissue to deteriorate. Your jawbone therefore will atrophy, or shrink, and change in shape. This ultimately causes your face to change shape and you may appear to have sunken jowls or thin lips, which can give you an older appearance. Dental implants are the only type of tooth restoration option that can stop this from happening.

Your implant dentist will evaluate your mouth to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants based on the current health of your gum and bones. Get in touch with us today to find out how you can benefit from dental implants.

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