January 17, 2023

Can Dental Implants Restore Face Shape?


Missing teeth bring a whole host of challenges and changes. Some of them are predictable, while others may catch you by surprise. Your self-image, overall physical health and even job prospects can suffer as a consequence of gaps in your smile. Your risk of gum disease rises and brings with it the increased likelihood of certain health conditions elsewhere in the body. Gaps in your jawbone cause the other teeth to shift to fill the space and the bone itself to deteriorate. The very structure of your face depends on a full and healthy jawbone, and the loss of that can cause your face to take on a “sunken” or “hollow” appearance that makes you look older than your years.

Maybe this is already your reality, and every time you look in the mirror, it reminds you of the fact. If so, it’s likely you’ve looked into solutions and discovered that dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look and feel more natural than dentures.

Can dental implants restore face shape? They restore the strength and functionality of your jaw, helping you to look better and preventing the problems associated with lost teeth. There are different types of dental implants, however, just as there are different types of dental restoration.

What is dental restoration, and how do you know which dental implants are right for you? This article delves a little deeper into this particular field of dental care and a unique style of treatment called All-on-4®.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They’re surgically placed in the areas where the roots of the teeth were. The jawbone fuses with the implant over time and holds it in place. An artificial tooth known as a crown is then affixed to the top of the screw.

Dental implants are an effective treatment for missing teeth, but often a slow procedure, involving a series of minor operations over a number of months. Dental implants are expensive and sometimes require long recovery times. If the jawbone doesn’t have enough bone density to support an implant, a dental bone grafting procedure may be necessary. This uncomfortable procedure can extend your recovery time even further.

Dental implants are a restorative dental treatment. What is restorative dental care? It’s a type of dentistry that focuses on repairing or replacing teeth for better chewing and overall oral health. Restorative dentistry includes a range of treatments including fillings, crowns and root canal therapy, and improves both the look and the functionality of your teeth.

Who is Suitable for Dental Implants?

If you have a fully developed and healthy jawbone and don’t have gum disease or a condition that may affect bone healing, dental implants might be for you. The best way to find out is to discuss it with a dental professional and let them advise you of your options.

If you’ve noticed that the shape of your face has changed after the loss of multiple teeth or an entire arch of teeth, one of the main questions on your mind is likely to be ‘can dental implants restore face shape?’ Will they bring back your old appearance? The truth is that dental implants have a range of positive benefits not only on the shape of your face but on your appearance in general. If you want to enhance your self-esteem, give your confidence a boost and increase your opportunities both in your personal and professional life, dental implants could be the solution. If you wish to avoid long recovery times and other complications, All-on-4® dental implants may be the right treatment as they replace a complete arch/jaw of teeth that are missing or severely broken down from tooth decay and gum disease.

Do Dental Implants Restore Face Shape?

Can dental implants restore face shape? There are several ways in which dental implants can change the shape of your face for the better. They elevate the bone structure that dental gaps have caused to droop, tightening the skin and making your face look younger. They can improve your facial asymmetry and smooth out wrinkles and sagginess. They also restore your ability to chew, which results in a healthier and more stable jawbone. Using the jaw on a regular basis helps it to remain healthy and stable.

All-on-4® Dental Implants

A form of dental implants, All-on-4® treatment is also an advanced dental restoration method. What is the restorative dental care that All-on-4® provides? It replaces an entire bridge of teeth using just four implants: two at the front and two at the rear, angulated so they are placed in the dense bone, avoiding soft, thin bone, and therefore no bone graft is needed. With just these four implants, recovery time is faster and you avoid the need for bone grafts. Best of all, you can have a brand new set of beautiful, realistic-looking teeth within 24 hours of your surgery, and often as soon as you wake up from it.

At Next Smile Australia, we use ‘The Malo Protocol’, Dr Paulo Malo’s revolutionary two-bridge process. This process has a 98% success rate supported by 25 years of clinical data. We perform the treatment in two stages. In stage one, we provide you with your first set of teeth, a “provisional bridge” left in place for three to six months. This gives your bone time to integrate with the implants before you’re ready for stage two: your full set of permanent teeth. Your new set of teeth will be constructed by an affiliated All-on-4® dental laboratory using Nobel Biocare's highest-quality components and with a warranty.

What is dental restoration worth if it doesn’t transform your appearance and your life? All-on-4® surgery can be completed in as little as 24 hours. If you have multiple missing teeth, severely broken down teeth or wear dentures, then you may be a candidate for the dental implant treatment of All-on-4®.

Can dental implants restore face shape? All-on-4® implants can, within a 24-hour timeframe and with far less discomfort and a shorter recovery time than other treatments.

Book a Consultation at Next Smile Australia

At Next Smile, we’re as transparent about our pricing as we are about the quality of our work, and guarantee that what you see is what you get with both.

Guided by integrity, honesty and a non-judgmental approach, our focus is always on finding the right treatment option for you. When you come to see us, we take a close look at your goals and dental history to determine if All-on-4® is the treatment that would best suit you.

Our Super Clinics are industry-leading, surgical-grade environments designed so that we can perform the highest quality of treatment possible. Our facilities include in-house dental laboratories, state-of-the-art surgical rooms, x-rays and CBCT scans, and on-site general anaesthetists. Purpose-built, clean, highly regulated and using state-of-the-art technology, we ensure you receive only the highest standards of treatment.

If you live in a regional area outside the boundaries of our Super Clinics, our Accredited Partners work with the Super Clinics offering local support and the same quality of care closer to home.

Next Smile Australia can answer any question you may have about All-on-4® treatment and restorative dentistry in general. It doesn’t matter whether it’s “can dental implants restore face shape?”, “What is dental restoration and how do dental implants fit into the picture?” and “what is restorative dental care?” We can advise you in-depth on the process of the All-on-4® procedure and your own personal treatment timeline.

If you’d like to attend an online information session or arrange a personal consultation about All-on-4®, contact Next Smile Australia.