Facial Collapse and the Jaw

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Facial Collapse after Tooth Loss:

Facial collapse is when the jaw bone begins to shrink after a tooth is lost. Chewing forces are transmitted down teeth into the bone. The chewing forces stimulate and preserve bone levels. When teeth are missing the bone is no longer need to support the teeth. Therefore, the bone will start to disappear.

This disappearing jaw bone makes the jaw less stable over time. This causes a sunken, collapsed, and premature elderly appearance. The teeth and bone are important to support normal facial contours. When the teeth and bone are lost, the face collapses inwards and this creates wrinkles and an aged appearance.

Bone loss happens after tooth loss.


Why facial collapse happens:

The reason for facial collapse is the loss of teeth. When teeth are lost there is no need for the bone to stay around and support the teeth. The body thinks there is no longer a need for the bone and the bone will start to melt away. Patients with multiple missing teeth seem to have a “shriveled’ facial appearance.

Patients who have lost all their teeth may decide to get old fashioned dentures. However, this outdated treatment option actually accelerates the bone resorption. Multiple dentures will have to be made as the bone and gum tissue disappears. Each denture will fit more poorly than previous set. Soon the dentures can become very uncomfortable or even painful.

Ways to prevent facial collapse:

Whether you have one or all your teeth extracted the ONLY way to prevent bone loss is with dental implants. Dental implants transmit the forces of chewing to the bone (just like natural teeth do). In fact, dental implants are the only dental treatment that preserves bone levels.

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