Do you still have all of your natural teeth? If you are missing teeth, your jawbone will begin to shrink. Cheeks and lips take on a sunken appearance which is called facial collapse. The condition of facial collapse doesn’t occur overnight, but when it does happen, the change in appearance is quite disconcerting. Most people describe facial collapse as adding years to their appearance. Deterioration of the jaw brings about other side effects, as well, such as discomfort and difficulty eating. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent facial collapse with the help of Sheridan dentist, Dr. Donald Coon.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are becoming a popular way to replace one missing tooth, all the way to an entire set of teeth. Titanium fixtures are surgically implanted into the jaw bone to act as replacements for your missing roots. Prosthetic teeth are attached to the supporting posts to give you a healthy and natural looking smile. Implants are convenient because you can care for them and use them in the same way as the teeth you have lost. There is no other form of restoring lost teeth which answers so completely to all of your restorative and aesthetic smile needs.
How Can Dental Implants Prevent Facial Collapse?
Firmly anchored teeth are like homing devices for your complicated internal system to send minerals and nutrients your mouth and jaw. This is how you maintain jawbone health. Without the presence of natural teeth, those minerals and nutrients are directed elsewhere in the body. Traditional dentures are a good replacement for teeth, but facial collapse will still occur over time, leading to ill-fitting faux teeth. Dental implants provide the same beacon as natural tooth roots, so your jaw will remain full and facial collapse will not occur.
Visit your Sheridan Dentist
A smile full of strong, beautiful teeth is important for your quality of life. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, schedule a consultation with your Sheridan dentist by contacting Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in the 82801 are, we welcome patients from Sheridan, WY and all surrounding communities.