When all of your teeth are missing, your body receives a signal that the jawbone, which once supported the teeth, is no longer needed. As a result, the body resorbs the bone and uses the minerals elsewhere, causing the jawbone to shrink. Within ten years, the shrinkage becomes severe and the result is facial collapse. This results in the face sagging and developing a shriveled appearance. Facial collapse is more than just a cosmetic concern. If you wear dentures, they’ll wear on your jawbone and make it sore and irritated. It will become difficult, if not impossible, for the lower dentures to stay in place and you’ll likely have problems with chewing. After a certain point, the jawbone won’t be able to support dentures anymore. Thankfully, facial collapse is preventable!
Preventing Facial Collapse
Facial collapse can be prevented with dental implants. An implant has a root form that’s surgically placed in your jawbone. The presence of the root form alerts the body that the jawbone is needed and it won’t be resorbed. If you’re concerned about the price, at Naperville Dental Specialists, we can use as few as two dental implants to support dentures. This will allow you to save more than half the cost of individual implants without sacrificing quality.
If you’ve already experienced facial collapse, bone grafting can build up your jawbone to give it the necessary density to accommodate implants. Once the jawbone is built up, the implants are placed to support dentures. Dr. Anthony LaVacca has extensive experience in bone grafting and reversing facial collapse. He can restore your smile in a way that’s functional and comfortable and give you a more youthful appearance.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Naperville dental implants or to learn more about preventing or treating facial collapse, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. LaVacca. Request an appointment online or call our office at (630) 848-2010 today!