Why ---Two factors can contribute to
sunken check and pursed lips. First,
broken teeth or restorations along with missing teeth can cause the lips and
checks to lose support. More perilous
is the atrophy of the facial muscles that occurs when teeth are lost. For instance, a person who has lost a
significant number of teeth or has complete or partial dentures may only chew
with 2 to 5 pounds of biting force. This compares with a person with a full set of teeth chewing with 100 to
250 pounds of biting force. The muscles
in the face simply shrink up or atrophy. Additionally, with tooth loss the bone that supports the teeth withers
away causing added loss of facial support.
How to Fix It —This may be more complex
as the problems are now advanced. First, the teeth should be restored to as full set as soon as possible, this may require bridges or implants to replace missing teeth.
If partials or complete dentures are
present, implants can be to stabilize them and increase the ability of the
person to bite more effectively. In
some cases, the dentures may be replaced with full mouth implant restorations
that look, feel, and bite with a force similar to natural teeth.
There is one BIG mistake made by many
people and dentists, that is waiting until their dentures become too loose, or
their bridgework starts to get too much
food caught beneath it before considering replacement. At that time, too much bone loss may have
occurred. Bone loss can be corrected by
having bone grafts—THIS IS NOT FUN AND IS AVOIDABLE FOR INDIVIDUALS PROPERLY
The Benefits —Your face will look and
feel fuller and younger. If missing
teeth are replaced with implants, often the bone loss can be completely
stopped. Chewing function will be returned and the muscle tone can start to rebuild. See the blogs in the Implant and dentures section.
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