Teeth are the subtle architects of your face and profile; they not only help you chew and stay healthy, they keep the jawbones in place and help support the facial muscles.
When a jawbone contains no teeth, the bone shrinks and the skin over it collapses, causing premature aging. Without the support of the missing teeth, the shape of the face also changes as the jawbone shrinks.
When one tooth is lost, this not only decreases the ability to chew properly, it also creates an increased amount of wear and tear on the teeth surrounding the gap. This is because the biting forces are transferred to the remaining teeth. The surrounding teeth also start shifting and the bite changes; teeth can tip toward the gap (making them crooked and thus more susceptible to gum disease), and the teeth above the gap may grow downward.
Replacing teeth as they are lost will prevent these problems and provide many long-term health and aesthetic benefits.
Dental implants are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.
By creating beautiful smiles, dental implants help improve self-confidence. They can also improve speech and restore proper chewing, which means they can have a positive impact on diet, digestion and overall health!