How I hear you ask? Well, when a tooth has been lost, a large amount of the bone that held it in place could recede. During the first stages of tooth loss the bone disappears quickly, this process is called ‘bone resorption’. The bones in our head support the structure of our face, so when the bone that usually surrounds the teeth reduces in size this means our face has less support. When the face is not supported properly, this causes the cheeks to sink in, making people appear gaunt and older. Dental implants prevent ‘bone resorption’ as it encourages the bone to stay active, hence the face continues to be supported, making you look younger and healthier than you would otherwise look. In addition, a full set of teeth can give a beautiful smile, and everyone knows that a great smile can take years of you!
What is the dental implant procedure?
Chipping Norton Dental Implant Clinic Centre in Oxfordshire say that their patients are first put under a local anesthetic before the dental implant is placed into the jaw and they bond together during a process called osseointegration. The jaw and implant usually take around 2 to 4 months to properly fix together after which a crown is added to the implant and together they form a fully functioning tooth.
Dental Implants Provide a Range of Benefits
In addition to making you look younger, dental implants are extremely convenient. Other tooth replacement alternatives such as dentures are removable, but as dental implants are fixed in place, there is no chance that you will ever be able to lose them. Additionally, there will be no supplementary products required like adhesives to hold them in place. Dentures can also often move around and fall out of the mouth when eating. This is not the case with implants so any embarrassing situations can be avoided which in turn will greatly improve your self esteem. Another great thing about dental implants is that they’re very durable and will last for years if looked after correctly. Contact your dentist to ensure that you continue to look as young as you feel.