Protect Your Smile with Dental Implants
Tooth loss, however it happens, can have severe, adverse impacts on our wellbeing, both physically and emotionally. Your life could suffer without proper treatment or care, causing dental infections and poor self-esteem, for example. Dental implants offer an incredible solution that combines positive health benefits with attractive aesthetics.
Let’s learn more about how tooth loss can affect our health.
Loss of functionality.
Tooth loss can affect the way you speak and what you can eat. People who are missing teeth often slur their words, making communication more difficult. It can also weaken your bite and make eating your favorite foods, such as steak and hard fruits, more difficult.
Dental implants replace your natural tooth root in your jawbone and support porcelain crowns that act like natural teeth — both work together to restore functionality that was previously limited.
Weakening of the jawbone.
Your tooth roots provide strength and stability for your jaw by stimulating the bone using the force and energy of your daily routine, including chewing and speaking. Much like a muscle, the tissue in the jaw is strained and then repaired which makes it stronger.
When you’re missing a tooth, the jawbone loses stimulation and becomes weak, causing it to lose its shape. Implants are the only restoration that protects the jaw from further bone loss.
Imagine not being able to smile around your grandson or granddaughter because they might be afraid of the fact that you’re missing all of your teeth. Tooth loss affects how you interact with people and whether or not you can smile at all.
Tooth loss can have adverse impacts on our social lives and how we feel when other people are around. It hinders your love life and your friendships, and can ultimately change how you think about yourself. We all deserve to be confident and love our lives.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
One of the benefits of smiling is that we authentically feel better. We associate smiling with positivity and approachability. It’s why even a fake smile can improve your mood.
How can we be happy if we’re afraid to smile? It’s not surprising that tooth loss is associated with a higher risk of anxiety and depression, but tooth loss doesn’t need to end like this.
Dental implants are a long-term, cost-effective, and genuinely attractive solution. Start smiling again today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can jawbone loss be reversed?
Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to degrade, which can result in jaw pain or problems eating. Fortunately, dental implants can restore your jaw to its full potential. However, if your jaw isn’t dense enough, Dr. Stockdale will likely recommend a supplemental procedure along with your implants.
Supplemental dental procedures reinforce your jawbone so you have enough density to support your implants. Our dental experts commonly perform bone grafts or sinus lifts during the implant process.
Bone grafting is a procedure that strengthens your jawbone using your own tissue or lab-grown bone cells. Sinus lifts are very similar and use your upper jaw to stimulate bone growth. These treatments leave you with a stronger jaw, allowing you to confidently eat, speak, and smile.
How do you prevent bone loss after tooth extractions?
To prevent bone loss after you’ve had a tooth extraction, we recommend immediately seeking out a high-quality tooth replacement option. We usually recommend dental implants — they’re the most dependable, long-lasting tooth replacement option available.
For added convenience, our titanium implants fuse with your jawbone. This strengthens your jaw and allows them to act like your natural tooth root. Dental implants are also sturdy and help maintain bone around the area, so your smile can stay vibrant for years to come.
Why Our Patients Choose Dental Implants:
- Longevity: Clinical studies show that about 94% of implant cases will last 15+ years if cared for properly.
- Functionality: Dental implants have zero restrictions, meaning you can eat your favorite foods and socialize with your friends without having to worry about pain, discomfort, or embarrassment.
- Revitalization: They help you avoid premature wrinkling and enhance the aesthetics of your smile, allowing you to look younger and feel more confident.