Dental Implants can delay signs of ageing

Dental Implants can delay one of the signs of ageing, bone shrinkage

Not only are dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth they can also delay one of the main signs of aging, bone shrinkage.

Dental Implants are small titanium inserts that are placed by an implant dentist into your jaw bone which can be restored with dental crowns, fixed bridges or can support a set of dentures. They look feel and function just like normal teeth allowing you to smile and eat with confidence. If looked after properly with good oral hygiene from regular brushing and flossing, dental implants can last a lifetime making them one of the most effective dental treatments available.

What happens when you lose a tooth?

If a tooth is missing, the jawbone extension that supports it can slowly shrink away. This is a process called restriction, a natural process which occurs due to a loss of stimulation to the jaw bone from forces placed on the teeth. Resorption will cause the supporting bone (the alveolar bone) to shrink in both height and width over time.

As your bone jaw loses density it becomes smaller in size and weaker. Changes in jaw structure have a significant affect on the appearance of your face. Preventing bone shrinkage is important to delay one of the main signs of ageing.
Missing teeth can create gaps causing teeth to drift

As teeth are lost, the remaining teeth surrounding will slowly shift position toward where the tooth was lost. Our teeth naturally move toward the front of our mouths, if there are gaps it allows the teeth to drift in a more detrimental fashion. The drifting of teeth can alter the surrounding gum tissue, producing areas which trap food that’s difficult to remove. The areas which trap food act as a fertile breeding ground for tooth decay and predisposes the teeth to periodontal disease. The movement of teeth will cause changes in your bite (occlusion) and change the physical appearance of your smile.

How can dental implants help?

Dental Implants are essentially artificial tooth roots, the titanium inserts insert into your jaw bone just like a tooth root would. When force is applied to the implant it is enough to stimulate the supporting bone and prevent the supporting bone from shrinking. Dental Implants also “fill the gaps” made by missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from drifting and causing further problems. If you have any questions regarding Dental Implants feel free to contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice on 0121 357 5000. At our Dentists we offer free Dental Implant consultations where you’ll receive expert advice from our award winning implant dentists.

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