Will Dental Implants Lift My Face?
There can be a noticeable change in the look of a person after he’s received dental implants. The change is most obvious with people who have had missing teeth for a while or have worn dentures for some time. The key is in the jawbone.
When a jawbone is filled with natural teeth, the body continually sends the mineral calcium to the jawbone to keep it healthy and sturdy enough to support the teeth. When natural teeth are removed, the body no longer considers it a top priority to give the jawbone calcium since it no longer supports teeth.
The body even removes calcium from the jawbone and redistributes it to the other bones of the body. In time, you’ll notice that the lower face of people without teeth begins to sag. The deterioration will continue even if a person begins wearing traditional dentures. The dentures only rest atop the jawbone. They never become part of the jawbone, so the body continues to ignore the jawbone when it comes to calcium.
But an interesting thing begins to happen once a person receives implants. The human body responds to the implant post that is anchored into the jaw the same way it does to the root of a tooth.
The body recognizes that the jawbone will need nourishment to hold onto the post in the same manner that it would hold onto a tooth. So, the body begins ramping up its delivery of calcium to that region, creating more bone in that area.
As the newly implanted teeth are used daily, they will continue to remind the body that the jawbone needs more calcium. Each time a tooth experiences pressure from biting or chewing, the underlining jawbone feels the effect. In turn, the body realizes that the jawbone is performing a needed service, and sends it all the nourishment it needs.
The result is a younger-looking face as a healthy jawbone keeps the lower face from sagging. Now that’s a pretty good reason to smile.