There are lots of things that can affect your face shape, and if you lose teeth at the back, then this can dramatically change your face shape. The height of your face can change, and the fullness of your cheeks can also change.
Now, if you are missing just one tooth at the back, then you will probably not notice any change, but as more teeth are lost, then the changes become much more obvious.
One useful way to look at the changes is to divide the face into thirds:
So, as we age, the lower third often gets shorter. This is because of tooth wear, but in situations where many teeth are missing, bone is also lost over time.
This can have the effect of dramatically aging your appearance.
Okay, so now, we understand the problem, will dental implants fix this?
The short answer is – not on their own.
The only way to bring back the old face shape is to replace what has been lost – so this means replacing lost bone, and then replacing the lost teeth for the top and bottom set of teeth. The most simple way to do this is to have dentures. Although most people hate wearing these, dentures will replace lost bone (the pink bit on the denture) and replace the teeth. Dentures also support the cheeks (when made properly), and they will dramatically improve your facial appearance.
Dental implants are most commonly used to replace teeth, but as you already know, just replacing teeth is not enough. The biggest problem with dentures is that they tend to be loose, rub on gums, and the wearers often never eat in public, as its a horrible feeling to think that the teeth may drop or worse fall out of your mouth! It is possible to use dental implants to secure a denture.
Because implants are fixed to the bone, dentures fixed to dental implants are very secure, so its possible to dramatically improve the stability of normal dentures with dental implants.
For some people, the size of the dentures is a big problem, and even though a denture fixed to dental implants is a lot smaller, there is an even smaller option. A fixed bridge can often be placed on dental implants – again, this can replace bone and tooth, the two main advantages of this are that it is fixed in position, and its far more slimline when compared to a plastic denture attached to dental implants.
So to conclude, Dental Implants can improve your face profile, but its not the implants that do it, whatever is secured to the dental implants is far more important, and the level of understanding of your dentist will make the biggest difference in what your final facial appearance will look like.
If you are considering dental implant treatment, or other options to replace missing teeth and would like to talk to Dr Gurs Sehmi about it, please fill out the form below and we can arrange a free initial consultation.