Your smile should last a lifetime. Replacing missing teeth is important: to your overall health and also to the health of your other teeth. When natural teeth are missing, you lose chewing ability, and unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded. Missing a tooth, or teeth, creates problem after problem after problem.
Having missing teeth is embarrassing, and if left untreated, will only get worse. But you can look and feel better, regain your self-esteem, have a better quality of life, and simply smile more with dental implants. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating patients with missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Look better and feel better. A major benefit to dental implants is that they preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structure, and therefore improving appearance. When most or all the natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, there is nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. The human body senses that the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it away, moving the minerals to other parts of the body.
This deterioration of the jawbone can quickly result in facial collapse. The lips fold in, and the lower face shrivels up to create a “witches chin.” Wrinkles also develop around the mouth to create “marionette lines.” This makes the person look much older than they actually are. With dental implants, the appearance of these wrinkles caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated. You put twenty years back into your smile!
Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them and into place. This natural tooth structure, once ground down, can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on these teeth as the metal framework rocks back and forth.
In addition, the clasps eat away at the remaining gum tissue, causing even more harm. Eventually these teeth can loosen and fail as a result of this unnatural pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not compromised, damaged or destroyed. So your healthy teeth stay healthy and your smile lasts even longer.
Manager: Jun Tu