Could Dental Implants Make Your Jawline Firm Up?

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Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but that's not all that they're capable of doing. If you've noticed that your jawline seems to be a little looser or saggier than it used to be and you have missing teeth, there might be a stronger connection between these two things than you might expect.

Here's what you need to know about how your missing teeth could be impacting your jawline and how dental implants can help.

Unnatural Aging

Most people lose some bone mass as they age, so a certain level of sagginess in the jawline is to be expected. As the bone thins out, the excess skin starts to droop beneath the jaw, creating that saggy appearance. However, losing your teeth can accelerate this process and give you the appearance of an older person abnormally early.

The reason for this is that your teeth are responsible for keeping your jaw bone strong. They carry pressure to the jaw every time you chew, which triggers the bone to replace old cells. This keeps your jaw looking nice, but when teeth are lost, this mechanism starts to falter. Weak patches may develop wherever you're missing teeth.

Resolving the Problem

The good news is, dental implants are a tooth replacement method that look and work just like real teeth.

Dental implants reach deeply into the jaw like a real tooth. This is because they're designed to function like real teeth. The implant itself, which sits beneath the crown in your lower jaw, is made of titanium and extremely strong. But most importantly, it can carry pressure just like a real tooth does, which will help your jaw to start growing new bone cells again.

Results Over Time

It's important to note that you won't see results overnight with this. Building new bone takes time, after all. But you can smile and be glad to know that with every bite you take that you're taking one more step towards rebuilding the way your jaw used to look, all while having a full set of gleaming teeth to be proud of.

Dental implants are a great replacement method for missing teeth for a whole variety of reasons, and these are just some of them. If you've had missing teeth for a long time and are now unsatisfied with your appearance, then it's likely because those missing teeth have made your jaw thin out.

Reverse this process now by contacting a dentist about their dental implant services.


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Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.