The effects of missing teeth extend far beyond the inconvenience of chewing. A single missing tooth can dramatically affect your self-confidence and self-image. Multiple missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of position. As the teeth begin to move out of alignment, changes in the way that the jaw joint functions can lead to joint damage and pain. For these reasons, most patients recognize the importance of replacing missing teeth. Your choice of tooth replacement is just as critical as the decision to replace the teeth at all. Trust your implant specialist in San Diego to help guide you in this decision. Below the surface, the jaw bone will begin to shrink or atrophy whenever it is not stimulated by a tooth root. Unfortunately, most tooth replacement solutions can only replace the lost biting surface above the gums. Restorations such as bridges, partials, and dentures do not replace the tooth root, and are therefore ineffective against bone loss. In comparison, dental implants are designed to replace the tooth root as well as the lost biting surface. By physically bonding to the underlying jaw bone, the dental implant virtually stops bone atrophy or bone loss. Jaw bone atrophy is not a minor detail in the big picture of tooth replacement. When left unaddressed, bone loss can become evident in the shape and structure of your facial features. Patients who have chosen alternate tooth replacement options may notice that the cheeks and lips begin to lose fullness and volume as the bone continues to shrink. The nose and chin may become more prominent, creating an unbalanced profile. These changes, though they do not occur overnight, can add unflattering years to your face. Using dental implants to replace missing teeth and preserve the bone structure is a solution that has proven to be successful for many decades. Patients find that replacing missing teeth and preventing bone loss can also preserve a more youthful facial profile. If you are interested in the ways that dental implants can be utilized to replace your missing teeth and prevent bone atrophy, schedule your appointment without delay.
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