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Ways Dental Implants Make You Look Younger

Losing a tooth not only affects your ability to chew food and speak properly, but it also impacts your overall appearance. A gap in your smile can occur for a number of reasons, including facial trauma, gum (periodontal) disease, or poor dental hygiene habits. Whatever the reason, not replacing a missing tooth can dramatically alter the shape of your face and jaw, making you appear older than you are. 

Dr. Ronald J. Trevisani uses dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth to help restore your youth. At Lifetime Teeth Today in Orange County and Lake County, our skilled professionals provide you with top-quality implants to restore your smile and improve your self-confidence.

What are Dental Implants? 

A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. Over time the implant will begin to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once healed, an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon or another physician can use the implant to support a crown, bridge, denture, or other restoration for a more complete, aesthetically pleasing smile. As an added benefit, dental implants also look and feel like your other natural teeth. If you have a missing tooth and would like more information about dental implants in Orlando, Florida, read below or reach out to our friendly clinic. 

Fill Gaps Between the Teeth 

Even if the missing tooth is in the back of the mouth where other people can’t see it, a gap in your smile still affects you in a big way. Without proper support, the adjacent teeth will begin to shift and move out of place. This misalignment ultimately changes the shape of your jawline, and in time, you will notice a significant difference in your smile that may make you appear older. 

For example, if you have missing teeth, you don’t the proper support needed for facial muscles. If this is the case, you may notice a change in your features such as shifting or sagging. Dental implants not only bring back your natural smile but offer permanent support for your face and jawline. They are a convenient, safe way to replace missing teeth so your natural teeth can stay firmly in place. 

Increase Jawbone Strength 

The jawbone is stimulated by the tooth roots when you chew your food, so it is essential to replace the gaps in your teeth before this leads to jawline deterioration and bone loss. Funny enough, missing teeth can contribute to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease since the pocket is more vulnerable to plaque. Instead, an implant preserves the jawbone and makes it stronger by acting as a natural tooth root, bringing back the foundation of your smile. 

Dr. Trevisani is an experienced dentist and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Orlando, Florida. Lifetime Teeth Today is a comprehensive dental implant center that can help you in every step of the implant process. This includes the placement and fitting of a custom dental crown, bridge, or other restoration. For a brighter, younger-looking smile, contact our friendly office for a dental implant consultation today.