Replacing lost teeth is about more than just rebuilding your smile’s appearance. While confidence is important, the more profound effects of tooth loss are largely unseen until years afterward. Jawbone degradation and facial collapse, for instance, occur gradually due to the loss of your teeth roots. Without the roots to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, the structures around your smile can gradually lose density. The good news is that dental implants can help stop facial collapse as well as reestablish your healthy, youthful-looking smile by replacing the roots of your lost teeth.
How Can Dental Implants Help?
Conventional replacement teeth, like a dental bridge or denture, are created to replace the visible portions of your teeth, known as the crowns. The prosthesis stops surrounding teeth from shifting, fills out the gaps in your smile, and restores balance to your bite. However, only dental implants are able to support your bridge or denture the same way roots support your healthy teeth crowns. Therefore, only dental implants are able to restore stimulation in your jawbone and prevent facial collapse from occurring after tooth loss.
What if I’ve Lost All of My Teeth?
The more teeth you lose, the greater your risks are for jawbone degradation and facial collapse. For many patients, however, an implant-supported denture (preferably All-On-4® implant dentures) can rebuild an entire ridge of lost teeth. With the support of four or more implant posts, the denture can preserve the remaining jawbone structure and create a more youthful and beautiful smile restoration.
Stop Facial Collapse with Dental Implants
After you’ve experienced tooth loss, you can stop facial collapse and other consequences by replacing your teeth with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.