Pasadena Texas Dental Implants:
Effects of Missing Teeth
When the teeth are maintained the facial structures are also maintained. This middle aged woman has all of her teeth. You can see how the muscles in her face and her cheeks are supported by the teeth and bone. Her facial height (distance from the chin to the nose) appears normal.
The bone in the upper and lower jaw is only there to support teeth. When the teeth are lost you can see the immediate effects on the facial contour. The muscles and cheeks are not supported. They sag and droop creating deep facial lines and wrinkles. The upper and lower jaw moves closer making the chin protrude. This is called a “witch’s chin”. These facial changes speed up the aging process by making you appear much older.
Dental Implants are the only treatment option that will preserve and stimulate dental implants. Dental implants are the most advanced treatment option when replacing missing teeth. Don’t let tooth loss cause bone loss and an elderly appearance.
Pasadena Texas Dentist
Dr. Michael Nugent is a General Dentist located at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena Texas 77504. He has a special interest in the placement and restoration of dental implants.
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How to stop bone loss after extraction of teeth
In addition to firmly holding a tooth’s roots in place, the jawbone also depends on healthy teeth to stimulate bone cells. Since the tooth’s roots are gone and are no longer able to increase jawbone density, after a tooth is pulled or lost, bone in that location recedes. After tooth loss, bone degradation can be a very serious issue since it poses a serious risk to the teeth nearby. In fact, untreated jawbone degradation can eventually lead to healthy teeth shifting in the mouth or even totally coming out of place. Additionally, it can cause gum recession and other serious disorders. Thankfully, there are some measures that may be performed to stop bone loss following an extraction and lessen its negative impact on general dental health.
In the majority of situations, it is advised to use a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth. Because dental implants are essentially created to mimic natural teeth down to the roots and eventually become a permanent component of the jaw, they differ from other tooth replacement choices like dental bridges or dentures. A dental implant stimulates the jawbone and preserves the bone.