It’s painful to lose a tooth, but leaving a lost tooth untreated may have longer-lasting consequences than just temporary discomfort. In reality, failing to replace missing teeth will actually alter your appearance and cause your face to suffer structural and cosmetic damage.
What Happens When a Tooth Is Lost
That tooth in your mouth is connected by a root that is covered with a thin layer of bone to your jawbone. The root strengthens the jaw regularly and helps preserve bone density and strength.
When a tooth and its roots are lost, the jawbone in the area begins to degrade as it does not receive the stimulation it needs any more. As bone degradation occurs, the face structure may be altered in a negative manner. The face may start to look sunken and aged over time, as the jaw bone changes slowly.
How to Protect Your Appearance
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is one of the most effective ways to protect your appearance and to avoid structural damage due to tooth loss. Implants are not placed on top of the gums, unlike other strategies for removing the dents.
Instead, every implant’s post is inserted into the jaw where it serves as an anchor to the implant’s crown. The implant post mimics a tooth root due to its location in the jawbone by stimulating the bone and preventing degradation. Healthy bone tissue is preserved as a result of this stimulation, and the appearance of the face remains intact.
Schedule Your Consultation
There is no better time than now to be proactive about your appearance and replace your missing teeth. The doctors at Midwest Oral Surgery & Dental Implants are highly experienced in replacing missing teeth in Omaha, NE, with reliable dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wewel, call us today.