If you are missing one or several teeth, you may consider getting dental implants as an alternative to dentures. Not only are dental implants more permanent than dentures, they have the appearance of natural teeth and they can even make you look younger!
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
People lose teeth for a myriad of reasons; tooth decay, injury or accident or simply because of age. We find that many people who begin to lose their teeth choose not to do anything about it, and this can lead to even more tooth loss. Dentures are of course an option if you are missing one or several teeth, and dental implants are another, more permanent solution.
Missing teeth will eventually lead to bone loss in the jaw. The root of your tooth stimulates the jaw bone tissue to keep growing, regenerating and replenishing itself. When the teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and with time, your face, cheeks and lips will become sunken in due to lack of support. This gives you a much older appearance.
Dentures slow this bone deterioration, but they do not completely stop it from happening. Dental implants, on the other hand, are anchored directly into the jawbone which keeps stimulating the growth and regeneration of tissue. Keeping the jaw bone healthy and strong can help you maintain a youthful appearance even if you have lost one or several teeth.
For whatever reason, if you are missing teeth, please come see us as soon as possible. Examining the remaining teeth and jawbone can help us help you determine what your best course of action is for maintaining your oral health and restoring your smile. We are here to help you and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants! Give us a call today!
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