Did you know that how widely you smile could give you an idea of how long you’ll live! According to Forbes Magazine, Wayne State University research showed that out of hundreds of baseball players who had their own collectible cards in 1952, the ones who smiled widely for the camera lived for 79.9 years. Those who didn’t, had an average life span of 72.9 years. That’s a difference of 7 years! What we don’t know however, is the reason why some of them smiled more than others. One of the biggest obstacles to smiling is embarrassment about how your teeth look, with having missing teeth being just about the biggest smile worry a person can have. You might feel self-conscious; not just because gaps are unsightly, but also because if you don’t replace a missing tooth with a prosthetic equivalent, like dental implants, all sort of things can happen to further disfigure your smile.
What happens when you lose a tooth
There are many ways in which tooth loss can happen. Injury or accident can forcefully remove a tooth from your mouth and infection can result in an extraction performed by your dentist. What it’s important to remember however, is that once your natural tooth is missing, the jawbone beneath the gap may begin to weaken. This can then lead to further problems.
The longer you put off getting dental implants to replace your missing tooth or teeth, the more your jawbone is likely to atrophy, potentially giving you a ‘caved in’ appearance around the cheek area. This will have a prematurely ageing effect on your face.
Your remaining teeth may also shift into the new space that has been created and be pushed out of alignment, leaving your smile not only with a gap, but looking less straight than it was previously.
Improve your confidence with dental implants and potentially your life span too.
Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth. They consist of a titanium root, which is expertly inserted into your jaw. Once the gum is healed, a permanent, natural-looking crown will be added to the top of the implant. If you’re quick to act, your smile will be fully restored, the alignment of your teeth in tact and the health of your jawbone won’t be diminished in any way.
Don’t let it get to the point where you feel embarrassed about your smile. As demonstrated above, the less you smile, the less long you may live! Here at our dental practice in Cornwall, we can restore your confidence in your smile, by giving you back the beautiful smile you once had.
It’s worth bearing in mind that beautiful smiles have also been proved to be beneficial in gaining promotion at work and helping you to be lucky in love. Give us a call to book a dental implants consultation with us and we’ll be able to answer any questions you might have the procedure and the recovery period. Let us help you smile again!