Some people avoid replacing their missing teeth with dental implants because they don’t want to deal with the hassle. With recent advances in dental technology, implants function like your natural teeth without causing you extra grief. Understanding some of the less commonly known benefits of these durable restorations can help you decide whether dental implants are right for you.
Countless studies show that your teeth play a huge role in attraction. In a social and romantic context, people are more likely to speak to you if you have a nice smile.
Your looks can also impact your success. Embarrassment over missing teeth can reduce how often you smile. Smiling more increases your chances of being approached about promotions, projects, and other offers that can advance your professional career. Missing teeth can also give hiring managers an impression that you are less intelligent than other applicants, decreasing your chances of getting a new job.
Your teeth support the skin and muscles of your face. Tooth loss causes a loss of support, giving your face a sunken look. You will also notice early wrinkle formation caused by this sinking. Replacing your lost teeth with dental implants can prevent early wrinkles and give your face a more full appearance.
Eat What You Want
You might struggle to eat certain foods if you have missing teeth. Dental implants are comparable to the strength of your other teeth, giving you the ability to eat what you want.
Missing teeth can prompt you to chew more on one side of your mouth than the other. The resulting uneven joint wear can cause arthritis to develop in your jaw joint, leading to a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ can cause a range of other widespread problems, including radiating facial pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, and recurring tension headaches.
Your missing teeth increase your risk of developing TMJ in other ways as well. The loss of teeth can cause an uneven bite to form, which puts your jaw joint out of its proper alignment. Misalignment of your jaw joints cause TMJ.
In addition to preventing TMJ, dental implants help to protect the health of your jawbone. Bone resorption can start in empty tooth sockets, causing bone destruction. Resorption also causes your other teeth to move over to fill in the empty space, giving you an uneven smile.
Restoring Your Smile
At Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand that dental implants are more than just a cosmetic fixture. These restorations protect your oral health and inspire confidence. Dr. Don Lowrance uses his advanced understanding of cosmetic dentistry to create a custom implant designed specifically for your mouth. He carefully color-matches the porcelain material with your other teeth for a natural look.
If you feel ready to reclaim your smile and would like to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call (361) 851-8274 for an appointment at Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.