One of the consequences of tooth loss is jaw collapse. When the root of a tooth is missing, the body no longer knows to keep density in that area of the jaw. As a result, minerals and nutrients stop feeding the area, causing the bone to shrink and allowing facial skin to sink and sag. This can prematurely age the face.
Most types of tooth replacement address the crown alone. Options like dentures and dental bridges can restore strength and function to the smile, they can even restore beauty, but they cannot prevent the jaw from shrinking after tooth loss.
Dental implants address the missing roots of missing teeth. Implant dentistry can prevent jaw collapse following tooth loss. This allows dental implants to preserve facial structure, which will assist with lift. This is, however, different than a facelift.
What is a Facelift?
Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. During facelift surgery, facial muscle and tissue are manipulated to produce a lifted appearance and loose skin is excised to produce a tighter, more youthful look.
Can Dental Implants Act Like a Facelift?
Dental implants can prevent the jaw from shrinking and collapsing. They cannot restore lost mass. However, bone grafting procedures, which are often necessary to improve dental implant candidacy, can restore the jaw to its proper shape and size, thereby giving a lift to the areas impacted by tooth loss.
Dental implants are typically restored with porcelain crowns that have been expertly matched to your smile in order to produce seamless results. Implants can also be restored with dentures and dental bridges when appropriate. In all cases, replacing missing teeth will have a positive impact on every aspect of your smile.
If your smile is marred by several imperfections, including missing teeth or teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants can be added to a complete smile makeover. This procedure is used to address every functional and cosmetic problem with your teeth and gums to produce a brilliant and beautiful smile.
Expertly crafted and specifically designed for your facial features, a complete smile makeover from Dr. Larry Evola can give your smile a youthful lift while setting the foundation for a beautiful smile for life. Transformative in every way, a smile makeover can help you feel more confident, vibrant, and alive.
More than a facelift, a beautiful and strong smile can lift your face and your mood, all while helping to set you up for peak oral health and beauty.
No Judgment Zone
Forestream Dental is a No Judgment Zone. We welcome patients with smiles in all states of health and provide direct, useful, and effective treatments designed to address the specific needs of each patient we see. Honest, thoughtful, and committed, Dr. Evola and his team welcome an opportunity to meet with you, understand your needs, and provide you with the best services available.
To schedule your complimentary consultation at our Depew, New York office, please call 716-656-8686 today. We welcome patients from Buffalo, Orchard Park, and all nearby areas of New York.