You know that missing one or more teeth changes the way you look. However, you might underestimate the dramatic effect that tooth loss can have on your appearance over time.
The unfortunate truth is that missing teeth can detract from your smile. The gaps left behind might make you feel more self-conscious than dental issues such as discoloration. As a result, you may even find yourself laughing less and keeping your lips tight to hide your smile.
However, these are not the only cosmetic consequences of untreated tooth loss. Missing teeth also cause jawbone loss behind the scenes. And jawbone loss can be a major aesthetic issue.
Fortunately, you can replace missing teeth with natural-looking dental implants. These implants will blend in seamlessly with your other teeth to enhance the beauty of your smile and improve your self-confidence. Plus, implants are the only treatment that will help keep your jaw healthy.
Do Dental Implants Improve Your Face Shape?
Jawbone loss caused by missing teeth can alter your face shape and give it a collapsed look. Unfortunately, dental implants can’t undo the changes that have already occurred. However, implants are an excellent way to prevent jawbone shrinkage and maintain your face shape.
Implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone during surgery. After placement, they stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and preserve its structure.
If you have already started to experience facial collapse, the pressure of traditional dentures will only accelerate the problem. Instead, ask about bone grafting to improve your implant candidacy. Thanks to modern dentistry, you can likely restore your smile and look your best!
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Dr. Michael Chung is a graduate of the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies division of Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction. He has the training and experience needed to improve your dental health and protect your appearance with implants.
Call 703-319-6990 today to schedule a consultation at Softouch Dental Care. We proudly welcome patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.