What Is the All-on-4 Dental Implant Method?
For better or worse, every aspect of modern society pushes us to look our youthful best. We see beauty portrayed on TV, in the cinema, online and in magazines. The social pressure to look as young and vibrant on the outside as you are on the inside is a real one.
So much so that the ‘beauty’ and ‘anti-aging’ industry in the US alone has surpassed an unbelievable 62 billion dollars annually.
Our faces and smile are among the first things we notice about others. The right smile can instil confidence, earn trust, boost happiness and even earn approval and acceptance from friends and colleagues alike.
Yet, as we age, not only do our pearly whites begin to falter, so does the surrounding and associated tissues, leading to an aged appearance.
In this guide, we’ll explore the ways that dental implants can prevent several of the underlying causes of an aged appearance, and why you too may want to consider dental implants.
Sunken Appearance and What You Can Do About It
One of the most common ways that failing or missing teeth can affect your appearance is by causing what is known as a “sunken appearance”. And yes, it really is just as depressing as it sounds.
Tooth loss and failing teeth can cause a structural change in surrounding tissues, including cheek and jaw bone, as well as soft supporting tissue. Due to lack of support and stimulation from your natural teeth, the jawbone, for example, can experience bone loss, leading to a sunken-in appearance.
The result is an overall aged appearance, loss of facial volume, and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles around the sunken area. Even those who are young can experience this negative effect of missing teeth.
Why Does This Happen?
Your teeth and their roots act as a type of stimulus for surrounding tissue and bone. This encourages healthy tissues to regenerate and maintain the necessary structural health to support your teeth. When your roots have become damaged, diseased or when you lose multiple teeth, this stimulus is no longer present. Over time, your body can ‘resorb’ (absorb) bone surrounding your cheek and jaw, reducing structural shape and volume. This, in combination with changes in soft tissue results in a sunken appearance.
How Dental Implants Can Prevent An Aged Appearance
To understand how dental implants can help you stay looking happy, healthy and youthful, we first need to explore the underlying process of getting implants.
Dental implants are a common and preferred method to replace one or more missing, broken or failing teeth. Although the exact process can vary based on your particular needs, the type of implant, and other factors, the overall process is as follows:
1. Consultation to determine eligibility
2. Removal of any existing teeth (extractions)
3. Bone graft (if necessary)
4. Surgical implantation of titanium posts
5. Placement of an abutment atop the posts
6. Fabrication of the crowns (prosthetic teeth or arches)
7. Permanent securing of the arches or crowns atop the abutment
So why do dental implants have such a dramatic positive effect on your appearance?
Dental implants are uniquely fabricated to fit your body’s own natural shape, curves and spaces within your oral cavity. In other words, they are an exact replica of your original teeth.
The result is that all of your tissues are supported and your oral cavity filled in just as if your own natural pearly whites had never said sayonara.
But that’s not all. Dental implants also support the bone structure of your face in a unique and novel way. Because dental implants are securely anchored by titanium posts screwed into your jaw, they encourage and stimulate a healthy jawbone, with minimal to no bone resorption.
Dentures and Face Collapse: a lesser-known downside
Dentures, although a time-tested and old staple for replacing missing teeth, have some serious downsides for those looking to maintain a youthful appearance and stave off the signs of aging.
When glued in, dentures can effectively restore the look, appearance and function of your teeth (although comfortability and sliding can be an issue). However, where they lack is the ability to stimulate the jawbone.
Those with dentures often experience significant bone resorption over time, resulting in a droopy, aged face, significant wrinkles, lost skin elasticity and more.
The Long Term Anti-Aging Benefits of Dental Implants
As we close out this guide, let’s review the ways in which dental implants can keep the signs of aging at bay and turn back the sands of time to restore your youthful appearance with a full and vibrant face.
- Aid in maintaining the fullness of your facial features
- Reduce sagging skin and loss of elasticity
- Minimize the formation of wrinkles as a result of ‘drooping’
- Encourage jawbone health and growth
- Restores your smile
- Offers unparalleled aesthetics perfectly customized to your face
Look and Feel Your Best With a Smile you Can Be Proud Of
Call or message us today and learn more about how dental implants can help you look as youthful as you feel on the inside. We’d love to learn more about how we can help.
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