Effects of Tooth Loss

Smile Restored with Implant Supported Denture

The loss of teeth can drastically change one's appearance. Just one missing tooth may be enough to keep us from smiling. In this case, we can see how the muscles in the face are properly supported and the facial height (distance from chin to nose) appears normal.

Tooth Loss - Before

Our teeth support the mouth, cheeks and jaws. When multiple teeth are missing, the face sinks in, and the jaws droop prematurely. This results in deeper laugh lines and creases around the lips. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth tend to shift position to fill the space where the teeth used to be. This shifting can result in an altered facial appearance.
                                                
Tooth Loss - Restoration ResultsSignificant tooth loss can make you look older than you really are. Not only does tooth loss affect your appearance, but it can also cause health problems such as chronic headaches and jaw pain.

Our teeth support the mouth, cheeks and jaws. When multiple teeth are missing, the face sinks in, and the jaws droop prematurely. This results in deeper laugh lines and creases around the lips. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth tend to shift position to fill the space where the teeth used to be. This shifting can result in an altered facial appearance.
                                                
Significant tooth loss can make you look older than you really are. Not only does tooth loss affect your appearance, but it can also cause health problems such as chronic headaches and jaw pain. 

Fixed Dental Implant for DenturesIn this study, this woman lost all of her upper teeth and wore a complete denture for many years. Due to the shrinkage of the jawbone, her upper denture became very unstable. Despite many relines and the use of denture adhesive, her denture was continually falling out and she was unable to chew properly. She chose to proceed with an implant supported restoration and had eight implants placed in the upper jaw upon which two bars were attached. The implants resist further deterioration and help to preserve the remaining jaw bone. A denture was fabricated to fit over the bars. Dentures Fixed with Implant

Despite the amount of bone that was lost, the denture provides the proper support for the facial muscles, resulting in a beautiful smile. This  type of restoration uses the implants and the bars to support the denture, resulting in stable teeth. The denture is only supported by the implants and usually does not cover the roof of the mouth. There are usually no pressure or sore areas created on the gums.

Chewing ability with an implant supported denture is very similar to natural teeth; and although the denture is removable, it's like having your own teeth back!