When all of your teeth are missing, it’s a signal to your body that your jawbone is no longer needed. So, your body begins to resorb the jawbone and use the minerals from it elsewhere. In about 10 years, the jawbone shrinkage is severe and you will eventually experience facial collapse.
When facial collapse occurs, the face has a shriveled, sunken-in appearance. Jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse not only make you look older, but you’ll experience some health concerns, too. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to keep dentures in. If your jawbone can support a denture, the dentures will rub and irritate the jawbone. Chewing becomes difficult, and this can affect digestion. And a thin jawbone can break easily.
Preventing or Treating Facial Collapse
Jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse can be prevented. Dental implants are the answer.
A dental implant has the structure of a natural tooth, including a titanium root form that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. The presence of the root form indicates that jawbone is needed to support it, so the jawbone doesn’t shrink. It remains to support your facial muscles.
If you’ve already begun to experience jawbone shrinkage, bone grafting can be used to rebuild the jawbone so that it can support dental implants.
Call our office 317-849-3444 to request a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. You may also request an appointment online and a member of our staff will contact you to schedule an appointment.