Cosmetic Dentistry: A Lift for Your Face
A perfect smile transcends age. Old or young, the brilliance and warmth of a genuine smile is something that lasts forever. Even when skin sags and muscles weaken, a beautiful smile can make someone appear decades younger.
"One of the hallmarks of an aging face is a hollowed-out look and skin that appears to drape over visibly shrunken facial bones. The underlying cause of this shrinking and hollowing out of facial structures, including the cheeks, chin, and jaw, is a direct result of aging and is accelerated when missing teeth are not replaced. "
--- DR. MAMALY RESHAD, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists Recommend Dental Implants
However, not every teeth-replacement strategy is created equal. Nor do the varying dental procedures provide the same aesthetic and functional benefits. When it comes to providing the best visual aesthetics and functional health benefits, doctors and cosmetic dentistry specialists recommend dental implants or All-On-4® dental implants.
Why is this the case? The answer is quite simple: dental implants replace the entire dental structure, crown, roots, and all, thereby providing superior visual aesthetics. More importantly, dental implants can literally give your face a youthful boost that goes far beyond simple aesthetics.
The “Connection” Between All-On-4® Dental Implants and Youth
The key to the superiority of dental implants and All-On-4® dental implants compared to alternative teeth replacement strategies lies in the roots. More specifically, dental implants and All-On-4® replace the roots of natural teeth. Other teeth replacement therapies do not.
Traditional dentures, for example, are supported atop a patient’s gums and rely on suction to remain in place. All-On-4® dental implants, however, are anchored into the underlying bone and osseointegrated into the structure as a whole. What this means is that the implant becomes a functional extension of the body itself. It is natural and totally integrated into the mouth. When examined underneath a microscope, a properly integrated dental implant exhibits functional ankylosis.
The Key to A Younger, Fuller, and More Beautiful Looking Face
Osseointegration and ankylosis are the critical “connection” and key to why dental implants are far superior to any other teeth replacement strategy on the market today. By structurally integrating the implant and attached crown into the underlying bone structure, mechanical forces from biting and chewing are transferred from the mouth onto the underlying bone. This plays a vital role in stimulating additional bone growth and the maintenance of healthy bone density. Maintaining jaw bone depth and density is the key to a younger, fuller, and more beautiful looking face.
One of the hallmarks of an aging face is a hollowed-out look and skin that appears to drape over visibly shrunken facial bones. The underlying cause of this shrinking and hollowing out of facial structures, including the cheeks, chin, and jaw, is a direct result of aging and is accelerated when missing teeth are not replaced. That’s because when natural teeth are lost, the transfer pathway of stimulating forces produced by biting and chewing is cut off. Without these forces to tell the body to maintain bone density and strength in the jaw, the body will naturally assume that the underlying bone is no longer needed and will begin absorbing it. Over time, this process of bone resorption leads to a severe reduction in the bone in the jaw and face, and as a result, a markedly older appearance. Dental implants restore the pathway and transfer of stimulating forces from the mouth into the underlying jaw bone and other facial structures.
When examining the facial structure of a mature person, the most obvious sign of aging (other than wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity) are hollow cheekbones and weaker jaws as a result of bone resorption.
While aging is inevitable, many do not know that a fuller and dramatically more youthful face is possible by replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Beautiful & Aesthetic: Choose All-On-4® Dental Implants
All-On-4® dental implants replace not only the visible portion of a tooth, or the crown, but the roots as well. Implanted posts are structurally and physiologically osseointegrated into the underlying bone itself providing unparalleled stability and mouthfeel. Better yet, by replacing the roots, dental implants also help to preserve, retain, and even rebuild the underlying facial bones that give a face it’s structure.
As a result, dental implants can, in fact, give your smile, face, and appearance a substantial and lasting lift.
Get Picture Perfect Teeth
The single most important factor for a successful result is an experienced prosthodontist with real-world experience. Dental implant prosthetics must be carefully crafted, fitted, and adjusted for each individual in order to mimic their natural bite, jaw alignment, and mouth shape. Sizing incorrectly for any of these factors, however slightly, can result in breakage, dysfunction, and damage to your new teeth. A skilled prosthodontist will minimize these potential complications and deliver a perfect smile.
Your smile is your best and most visible asset. It's worth the investment.