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Friday
Feb172012

Losing teeth can make you look old before your time...

Patients sometimes say, when they are to lose one or more teeth that they do not want to replace them...the gap does not show when they smile. They tell me they will be able to chew just fine with their remaining teeth.   If they already are missing some teeth they often say they have been chewing fine so far and  another tooth loss won't make any difference. And this may very well be true, to a point.

But what else happens when you lose teeth?  The bone where teeth sit is specifically there to support the teeth.  When teeth are lost the bone that no longer needs to hold teeth melts away. OK, why is this important?dental bone loss- Dr Steven Rosenblat

When teeth and the bone that supports them go away your appearance can change and not for the better, even if you cannot see the gap losing those teeth left when you smile.  What you may not realize is that the bone in your jaws and all your teeth support your lips and cheeks.  When teeth and supporting bone is lost, the lips and cheeks sag inward producing wrinkles.  This saggy wrinkled effect will make you look older than you are.  And with fewer teeth to support chew forces your bite starts to collapse.  Gaps appear between front teeth as they spread out unable to support chewing and so the lower jaw gets closer to the upper jaw.  This too makes your lips and cheeks appear flabby because they are not stretched out to their normal length as they would be if the jaws were far enough apart. Teeth position jaws in the correct position.

All those products on TV advertising creams and ways to remove wrinkles are not going to solve these problems.  Lips and cheeks need support from inside to plum them out.  So when we replace teeth that are tall enough and broad enough to support lips, cheeks and jaws it can make you look healthier and younger.

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