We have all seen the sunken facial profile of people who are missing their teeth, but did you know this look comes from years of wearing traditional dentures as well? It’s true; here’s why: In a healthy mouth, pressure from the roots of the teeth keep the jawbone strong. When teeth are missing, the bone slowly deteriorates from lack of stimulation. Since the jawbones support the structure of the face, when they’re gone the face appears sunken or hollow. Traditional dentures rest on top of the jawbone, so there’s no internal stimulation and the bone recedes with time.
The good news if you have missing or damaged teeth is you can avoid bone loss with dental implants. Because they are anchored in your jawbone like your natural teeth, implants keep the bone dense and strong. Dr. Robert Harrell at Harrell Dental Implant Center is the Charlotte area leader when it comes to restoring smiles and saving appearances with dental implants.
The following question, posted on the website realself.com, shows just how quickly the wrong dental decision can take its’ toll on your appearance:
Q: 1 year ago I got dentures and now my jaws are sunk in & top lip is so small! Can this be fixed?
A: When you remove teeth the jaw bone starts to shrink and the denture does not support the facial tissues as well.
The best approach is to have a cosmetic denture made (not cheap) Plumpers can be added as needed to fill out the face.
Vertical dimension is critically important for a youthful look. Cosmetic dentures can give you a virtual facelift in just a few visits.
Implants can maintain stability with a snap in denture and they help prevent future bone loss. — Ira Shapira, DDS, Chicago See more at RealSelf
HDIC is Charlotte’s Best Implant Provider
Losing your teeth — and the quality of your smile and facial appearance in the process — can be extremely upsetting. Thankfully, Harrell Dental Implant Center provides effective smile solutions to replace one, several or all of your teeth with a variety of implant options. The process begins with a consultation that lays out the entire process, including post-care instructions. You will be an active participant in your treatment. Feel secure knowing that you are in the hands of Charlotte’s top implant dentistry practice.
Get more facts about dental implants from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry:
Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems.
Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment. Continue reading at AAID
Outlining Your Treatment with Technology
Harrell Dental Implant Center utilizes the latest technology to assess the status of your smile. Digital X-rays confirm that you have enough bone to support your implants (we’ll discuss a bone graft if you don’t) and allow Dr. Harrell to plan their exact placement. You can feel confident knowing Dr. Harrell and his skilled team have mapped out your procedure from start to finish before you sit in the treatment chair.
Once you’re implants are placed, your smile will be restored, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods and concerns about about facial collapse will be laid to rest. You can learn more about the latter issue in the following article:
Many people don’t realize that once all your teeth extracted, your jawbone senses that it isn’t needed any more, and your body begins to dissolve away that bone in order to use the minerals elsewhere in your body. This jaw shrinkage is called Facial Collapse, and it takes about ten or twenty years to occur.
The effect is more serious in the lower jaw for a couple of reasons. First, you have the tongue attached on one side and the cheeks on the other, leaving only the thin ridge of bone on which the denture can rest, and making it so the denture will move around a lot. Second, that bony ridge often becomes so thin that it is actually sharp, leading to painful sores when the patient wears the denture. The patient has become a dental cripple. More info at My New Smile
Book Your Consultation Today
Make an appointment with Harrell Dental Implant Center today for your free dental consultation. Dr. Harrell will assess your needs, answer any questions you might have and show you your best course of treatment. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to schedule your appointment. During your visit a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.