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How Tooth Loss Can Change the Shape of Your Face

March 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshinssmiles @ 5:01 pm

Smiling older woman with dental implantsDid you know tooth loss is more than an aesthetic issue? Missing teeth can change the shape of your face, making you look years older. Although there are many tooth replacement options available, only dental implants can preserve your facial appearance and last for a lifetime.

Missing Teeth Cause Bone Loss

A single missing tooth can cause you to lose up to 25% of your jawbone density within the first year because it is no longer being stimulated by the root. Your jaw will continue to deteriorate as more time passes. 

Although traditional tooth replacement methods are effective, they do nothing to stop bone loss. As you lose more bone, your facial tissues won’t have enough support. Over time, you can develop wrinkles, sagging skin, and a sunken appearance. However, you may also notice the shape of your face is changing, too.

Dental Implants Preserve Your Jawbone

A dental implant is the only solution to stop bone loss caused by missing teeth. It is unlike any other treatment because it replaces both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jaw to serve as a new root. It stimulates new bone growth to keep your jaw strong and healthy.

Preserving your jawbone provides your facial tissues with the support they need to maintain your appearance. In fact, replacing your lost teeth can take 10 years off of your age, but restored youth isn’t the only benefit. 

A strong jawbone will protect your remaining teeth from drifting out of position. As a result, you’ll reduce your risk of certain dental issues to lower your oral health costs.

Invest in the Benefits of Dental Implants

Over 500,000 Americans every year are choosing dental implants and for good reasons, like:

  • Look and Feel Natural: The replacement tooth has the support of your jawbone, providing unmatched support and stability. The implant post is hidden below your gum tissue to stabilize a custom-made restoration that will blend in with any remaining real teeth.
  • High Success Rate: Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right aftercare, like brushing and flossing.
  • Long Lifespan: Since dental implants can last for decades, you’ll never have to budget for replacements or worry about gaps in your smile again. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ve treated your tooth loss once and for all.

The benefits of dental implants are truly priceless. You look younger and feel your best by investing in the most reliable solution for tooth loss.

About Dr. Steven Oshins

Dr. Oshins achieved his dental degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and has regularly pursued continuing education in specialty services, like dental implants and sleep medicine. If you’re ready to treat your tooth loss, request an appointment through our website or call (518) 519- 3977.

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