Losing a tooth can be annoying, but leaving a lost tooth untreated can have more lasting consequences than temporary discomfort. In fact, failing to replace missing teeth can actually alter your appearance and cause structural and cosmetic damage to your face. For these reasons, the cosmetic dentists at Art of Dentistry recommend that any patients with missing teeth in San Diego, CA, seriously consider receiving dental implants.
What Happens When a Tooth Is Lost
Each tooth in your mouth is attached to your jaw bone by a root that is covered with a thin layer of bone. This root provides consistent stimulation to the jaw and helps preserve bone density and strength. When a tooth and its root are lost, the jaw bone in the area begins to degrade because it is no longer receiving the stimulation it needs. As degradation of the bone occurs, the structure of the face can become altered in a negative way. Over time, the face may begin to look sunken and aged as the jaw bone slowly changes.
How to Protect Your Appearance
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is one of the most effective ways to protect your appearance and avoid structural damage due to tooth loss. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, implants are not placed on top of the gums. Instead, the post of each implant is inserted into the jaw, where it serves as an anchor to the crown of the implant. Due to its location in the jawbone, the implant post mimics a tooth root by stimulating the bone and preventing degradation. As a result of this stimulation, healthy bone tissue is preserved 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 experience the benefits of dental implants to replace your missing teeth. The accomplished dentists at Art of Dentistry are highly experienced in replacing missing teeth in San Diego, CA, with reliable dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Lawrence Addleson, Douglas Campbell and David Landau, call Art of Dentistry today.