Missing teeth can mar an otherwise perfect smile. When you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel awkward and embarrassed in both social and business interactions. If you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile, dental implants can help restore it to its natural beauty.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
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.
To learn more about the esthetic and functional benefits of dental implants, please contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry to schedule an initial dental consultation at 401-237-4324.