Tooth loss is often, though mistakenly, considered a natural part of aging, as is the shrunken appearance that often becomes apparent years after severe tooth loss. Yet, not everyone experiences tooth loss as a supposedly-inevitable consequence of aging. As a result, not everyone’s jaw deteriorates and shrinks, either. If you fail to prevent tooth loss, you can still prevent the onset of facial collapse, preserving your smile and facial aesthetics for the long-term integrity of your oral health. Allen implant specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, explains the relationship between your teeth and facial appearance, and how to stem the destruction that leads to facial collapse after tooth loss.

Co-Dependency—Not Always a Bad Thing

It’s no surprise that your teeth are responsible for biting and chewing, but did you know that healthy teeth biting and chewing also benefits your jawbone’s health? Your body’s numerous parts continuously communicate with each other, and when tooth roots are stimulated, they tell your body to send enough nutrition to keep your smile’s foundation strong and supply nutrients to your teeth. Even if you replace your lost teeth with a conventional dental bridge or denture, the unaddressed loss of your tooth roots and diminished nutrient supply will continue.

It’s What’s Underneath That Counts

Even if you already wear a traditional dental prosthetic, you may still benefit from dental implant placement. Dental implants don’t replace traditional dental prosthetics; they improve them with the addition of prosthetic roots to mimic your natural teeth’s support system. The more immediate benefits of dental implants include unmatched sturdiness from a base rooted in bone. In a more long-term sense, dental implants also restore the stimulation that helps preserve your smile’s integrity and ability to retain the rest of your teeth. However, if your jawbone has already deteriorated, or resorbed, then you may require a jawbone graft to reinforce its structure.

Prevent Facial Collapse with Specialized Care and Dental Implants in Allen, TX

If you’ve lost one or more teeth and you’re not excited about the prospect of future facial collapse, then schedule an appointment with your Allen implant specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.