Tooth Loss and “Sunken in” Facial Features

Tooth Loss and “Sunken in” Facial Features

Our teeth are more than tools we use for eating or a feature we share through smiling. They also support our overall facial features.

As people age, it’s natural to lose some fullness in their facial features. Our lips may look thinner, our cheeks less plump than they used to be, and fine lines or wrinkles begin framing our mouth and nose.

But premature tooth loss and bone deterioration can lead to loss of support for our facial features. When a tooth falls out or is extracted, there’s nothing there to fill out your cheeks and lips. As a result, it can make our face appear sunken in, or older than it really is.

Having a tooth replacement plan in place will combat the premature aging process, by:

  • Providing support to your lips and cheeks
  • Stabilizing the remaining bone structures in your jaw
  • Preventing movement or shifting in adjacent teeth
  • Helping your face look fuller

What’s the Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth?

Choose your tooth replacement options carefully. Only one treatment supports your facial profile and strengthens your bone, preventing the “aging process” you see with tooth loss. What is it? Dental implants.

Since implants help to reinforce the bone in your jaw, they delay shrinkage and resorption. As a side-effect, they are a proactive treatment for delaying the appearance of premature aging. The added support both strengthens your smile and fills out your facial features from the inside-out.

On top of each dental implant is, of course, your fixed restoration. This can be a crown, bridge, or full-arch appliance depending on how many teeth you’re missing. Since each option is a permanent restoration, you won’t have to worry about being seen without your teeth.

When you get dental implants, you’re essentially replacing your natural tooth with the most realistic option available. Dental implants don’t rest on top of your jaw the way a denture does, so there’s no risk of accelerating the bone loss process.

Get a Healthier New Look with Dental Implants

Tooth loss kickstarts the aging process in our face. By bypassing it, you can keep your healthy facial profile and prevent unwanted sunken-in features across your lips and cheeks. That way your skin appears smoother and more youthful.

If you’re considering dental implants in The Woodlands or Conroe, our implant specialist can help. Dr. Kip Saunders has over 30 years of experience in implant therapy and tooth replacement treatment. We also offer a unique procedure called TeethXpress, which allows you to replace all of your teeth in just one day using as few as four dental implants per arch.

When your smile is fully functioning and healthy, you can feel confident around your friends and enjoy all of the foods that you love. There’s no need to feel self-conscious about your changing look as you age, regardless of how many missing teeth you have.

For a truly customized dental implant experience, request your consultation with Dr. Saunders today.

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