James A. DiPerna, DMD
Amber M.S. Foronda, DMD
David C. Hay, DMD, MPH
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Dental Implants

The Effects of Tooth Loss

The Effects of Tooth Loss

pm_impactDental implants are the most natural solution for missing teeth. By replacing the root of the tooth with a dental implant, you can restore your natural smile and prevent bone loss in your jaw, which will help you maintain a healthy, young appearance.

After a tooth is lost, the bone previously supporting the tooth will start to dissolve (atrophy) without the stimulation that the tooth root (or implant) delivers. This leaves a "dip", or a sunken in section of bone, that actually spreads toward other teeth.

When bone loss occurs, it affects your overall facial appearance imparting an "old age look" with sunken in lips and/or cheeks. The loss of teeth also can lead to an over-closed bite which makes your chin very prominent and can disrupt and irritate your jaw joint (TMJ).

Dental implants act as “artificial roots” and will fuse to the bone, acting just like natural tooth roots in keeping the jawbone firm and strong. Your jawbone will be stimulated and naturally stay strong around it, holding your new tooth in place and retaining your youthful appearance.