When you suffer tooth loss, you may be understandably concerned about other problems that could arise as a result. Naturally, your appearance is a factor, since you want to maintain a beautiful and attractive smile. You might also be worried about your ability to eat normally, as well as issues that could develop, such as bone loss in the jaw or tooth misalignment as neighboring teeth lean into the gap.
You might not know that a failure to correct tooth loss could also age you considerably. In other words, you need to take action to prevent the potential side effects of tooth loss, and dental implants could be the best possible solution, provided you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Of course, you might still wonder how dental implants prevent the signs of aging. Here’s the lowdown.
Unless you’re a small child losing baby teeth to make way for adult teeth, tooth loss is generally something people connect with old age. These days, it’s a somewhat antiquated assumption, thanks to advances in modern dentistry and oral health products and processes that help people to maintain natural teeth well into old age. In addition, tooth loss could be related to any number of factors, including accidental trauma, infections, and more.
That said, if you have gaps in your teeth that disrupt your smile and cause your other teeth to start moving, leading to misalignment and bite issues, it’s going to make you look older. This is especially true if you avoid smiling.
Okay, sure, limited smiling could help you to avoid a few crow’s feet, but a stolid or scowling expression hardly makes you look younger, and if you do smile, prominent gaps could make you look like the aged, fairy tale villain. Dental implants preserve your beautiful, perfect smile and help you to maintain a young and attractive appearance.
Losing a single tooth might not result in a gap big enough to cause the skin of your cheeks or lips to become sunken, but if you lose a few teeth and do nothing to correct the issue, a lack of teeth and subsequent bone loss in the jaw could certainly cause portions of your face to collapse inward. This could result in the gum-sucking look typically attributed to the very elderly and make you look a lot older than you are.
You don’t have to succumb to old age (or at least the appearance) early. With dental implants to replace missing teeth, you can maintain an attractive smile, proper oral function, and a young appearance that matches your actual age and/or the age you feel.