Not only do missing teeth change your smile, they can also change your facial appearance. That’s because tooth roots stimulate bone, so when all of your teeth are missing, your jawbone shrinks. And if it’s left untreated, facial collapse occurs.
Jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse make you look older, but there are other reasons for concern:
- Bone shrinkage makes it difficult, if not impossible, to adequately support dentures.
- Your dentures will irritate the sharp edges of the jawbone and cause sores.
- Thin jawbone is more susceptible to breaking.
Preventing and Treating Facial Collapse
A dental implant has an artificial root that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. When all of your natural teeth are missing and you receive dental implants, the root forms stimulate your jawbone, preventing shrinkage.
Implant-supported dentures prevent bone shrinkage and facial collapse. As few as two standard implants can be used support your dentures, but if you receive four to six implants, the stability will increase and a wider area of your jawbone will be stimulated by the implants. Read more about the benefits of stabilizing your dentures on our implant overdentures page.
Without the support of dental implants, dentures rest on your jawbone and accelerate the shrinkage. Implant-supported dentures will prevent further shrinkage and stimulate bone growth. If you already have some bone loss, grafting procedures can build up the bone and provide support for your facial muscles. Well-supported facial muscles can help you look younger.
Dr. Saleh has received advanced training and experience in implant placement and bone grafting procedures. Schedule a complimentary consultation with him to discuss your concerns about facial collapse and how to prevent or treat it. Call us or schedule an appointment online.