Facial Collapse – What Is It And How To Avoid It

what is facial collapse
After the loss of your natural teeth, dentures can offer the restorative solution you are looking for. More than restoring your smile, dentures can restore functionality where it was once lost when the natural teeth were in poor health or had been lost. Over time, denture wearers may start to notice several changes to their appearance. Also referred to as denture face, this is a concern that many denture wearers find themselves experiencing. Just how can you avoid facial collapse? How are your dentures impacting your appearance? We have the information that you need to learn more about this concern, and the information you need to learn how to avoid denture face.

An Understanding of Facial Collapse

Facial collapse becomes a concern when the bone in the jaw begins to dissolve over time. This occurs when all of the teeth have been lost or extracted. The body no longer recognizes the importance of that bone, as it is no longer supporting teeth. The minerals and resources otherwise used to support the jaw bone are redirected for use elsewhere in the body. Facial collapse can take up to 10 or more years before any serious changes are recognizable. Those who experience this issue can appear to be older than their years, and may seem to have a shriveled face. The lips may take on a puckered look. The process of bone loss can progress rapidly once the tooth has been removed. It then slows down quite significantly, taking between one to two decades to fully develop to the point of facial collapse. In order to get a comfortable and secure fit for your dentures, they will need support from the bone in your jaw. This is what will allow you to continue to chew. Once the bone has dissolved, you will no longer be able to chew. Those who find themselves living with facial collapse may find that they can only eat soft foods, or rely on liquids.

Ill-Fitting Dentures and Facial Collapse

Dentures can improve your appearance because they offer support and restore function that was lost. However, over time the dentures can result in a sunken appearance to your face as a result of them being ill-fitting. When you are first fit with your dentures, they are created with molds made before you have suffered bone loss. Over time, the gums and bone can continue to change. When someone has worn dentures for several years, they can fit incorrectly due to the changes. The symptoms that your dentures don’t fit correctly can be easy to recognize. The first major red flag is typically experiencing discomfort or pain when wearing your dentures. Your dentures should not cause discomfort. And level of discomfort or pain could be indicative of a problem. Another common sign of ill-fitting dentures is the sunken facial appearance. This can happen over a period of time, or it may take place within a short period of receiving your dentures. Whether you are experiencing discomfort or you are seeing your face take on a sunken appearance, it is important to reach out and get a resolution through our office. Improperly fitting dentures can be resolved.

Preventing Or Reversing Facial Collapse

If you are seeing the signs of facial collapse, the good news is that you do not need to live with this long-term. There are a number of dental treatments that can provide a solution that will reverse and halt the effects of bone loss. When it comes to facial collapse dentures are responsible for, this can be resolved by replacing the dentures with those that are better fitting. Bone grafting can build up the bone that was lost. This process involves bone taken from your hip, or another source. The donor bone is then surgically implanted into your jaw where it is needed. Artificial sources may also be used to build up the bone. Dental implants can be placed with precision in the jaw. The titanium post serves as a permanent root replacement for the lost tooth. This will also serve to stimulate the bone in the jaw. This can help to keep the bone from dissolving, and will in turn prevent the signs of facial collapse. Getting better fitting dentures, or an implant hybrid restoration, can help to replace missing bone and facial structure. Have the signs of facial collapse started to become more noticeable? Reach out to Billings Denture Clinic to find out more about the solutions that we can offer you.

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