Aging is a natural and normal process that inevitably comes with wrinkles and other facial changes. Unfortunately, loss of teeth can cause these changes to occur sooner than necessary. Can anything be done to slow this aging process?
Rock Creek Dental feels that dental implants are the perfect option for replacing teeth that have been lost. Dental implants help prevent bone loss and premature aging.
The Effect of Lost Teeth on Your Jaw Bone
You’ve always heard that exercise is good for your bones. This even applies to your jaw bone. When you chew, you stimulate your jaw which helps keep it healthy and strong. When you lose a tooth and stop chewing with that part of your mouth, you lose that stimulation and your jawbone begins to weaken.
In time, your body will reabsorb that part of your jawbone. As the bone shrinks, wrinkles will begin to appear resulting in premature aging. This shrinkage also makes your jaw more prone to breaks and fractures.
How Implants Can Help You
By replacing lost teeth with dental implants, you will be able to continue your normal chewing activity which will provide the needed stimulation to keep your jaw strong. Over time, implants will become a permanent part of your mouth by naturally fusing with your jaw bone. If you give them the proper care, your dental implants will last a lifetime.
While bridges and dentures can also help to preserve your youthful smile, on their own, they won’t be able to offer your jaw the same level of support as implants. However, implants can be used to secure dentures and bridges in their correct place. This will make your appliances more comfortable to wear while also providing the needed stimulation to your jawbone.
Are Implants for You
Unsure if implants are the right fit for your needs? Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our Auburn dentist will help evaluate your dental needs to find the perfect solution for your dental health and keep you looking your very best!
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