According to statistics, 10.13 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have no teeth remaining. The CDC estimates that about 13 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have no teeth and that 26 percent of Americans 75 and older have no teeth at all.
Many people do not realize the impact of missing a tooth or multiple teeth, and that this impact is seen rather quickly after tooth loss. So what does tooth loss have to do with a face-lift?
Changes in the Jaw After Tooth Loss
Some studies have shown that about 30 percent of the alveolar ridge is lost as a result of resorption after losing a tooth or having a tooth extracted. Some studies have also shown that during the first three months after losing a tooth, about two-thirds of the affected hard and soft tissues in the area of that tooth are resorbed.
This puts individuals at risk for a few complications, including pain when eating, chewing and talking; the potential for dental implant failure; and the need for bone grafts for dental implants.
Another consequence of tooth loss and resorption is that it can change your appearance.
The jawbone loses mass due to a lack of stimulation from the loss of your natural teeth. This causes the jawbones to shrink and become less dense. The face becomes thinner, with sagging skin in areas where there are no teeth. These changes make you look older than you really are.
A neuromuscular denture will help restore facial contours by providing support for the muscles around the mouth and can help prevent further bone atrophy caused by missing teeth.
Tooth Loss and Changes to Appearance
When the jawbone is resorbed, the height of the jawbone shrinks and changes the shape of the jaw. It also changes the shape of the jaw and the appearance of your lower face. Think about it: Have you seen someone without their full dentures in and noticed a “sunken” appearance?
If yes, then have you seen how appearance can change with the absence of teeth.
The Solution Isn’t Face-Lift Surgery – It’s Neuromuscular Dentures.
Are you missing teeth and noticing that your appearance looks sunken or that you look older than you actually are?
You may have considered plastic surgery like a face-lift, injectables or other cosmetic treatments to improve your appearance. But the fact of the matter is that if your jaw has shrunken due to resorption, cosmetic changes to your appearance won’t last as long for you as they do for others. If you have a shrunken jaw, you lack the structure and support below the surface of your skin, which is what causes the sunken appearance we’re talking about in the first place.
So, does that mean you’re stuck with an appearance or smile you don’t love? No, not at all.
At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer patients the chance to improve their appearance and their oral and overall health with neuromuscular dentures.
What Are Neuromuscular Dentures?
Neuromuscular dentures, also known as face-lift dentures, are made using osseointegrated implants placed into the jawbone. They provide stability and strength to the jawbone so that it doesn’t lose its density over time. When these implants are used along with artificial teeth attached to them, they create a new set of teeth that mimic natural ones.
Neuromuscular dentures are not one-size-fits-all conventional dentures. Instead, they are also designed with your physiological makeup, including your jaw muscles and jaw joint, in mind, which means you get a better fit and feel with your dentures. An added bonus is a more youthful appearance.
How Can Neuromuscular Dentistry Improve My Appearance?
If you’ve been considering getting dentures, now might be a perfect time! You’ll notice immediate results after receiving your new dentures. Your dentist will take impressions of your current teeth and gums before placing the implants. Once this process is complete, your dentist will send those impressions off to our lab, where they will be converted into 3D models of your upper and lower jaws. We use these models to design your custom dentures. After designing your dentures, we will cast them in dental-grade acrylic resin.
Then, once our dentures arrive at our office, we will attach them to the implants. Finally, we will give you some temporary dentures until your permanent ones come in.
After your final dentures are placed, you will notice an almost immediate change in your appearance because your facial muscles (and the skin that covers them) now have the support they need. Support skin means that wrinkles, lines and creases are erased and you regain a more youthful overall appearance — without surgery.
Additionally, when you take your neuromuscular dentures out, your face will not shrink like it would with economy dentures! Your muscles and other soft tissues will remain in place and your appearance will look as great as ever.
Look Younger Without Surgery
Are you missing multiple teeth and struggling with your traditional dentures and how they affect your facial appearance? We can help you avoid face-lift surgery. Consider neuromuscular dentures as a tooth-replacement option.
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