I’ve had dentures since I was 49 years old and I just turned 61 last week. The wrinkles on my face from dentures are finally catching up with me. Other than cosmetic surgery, what are some ways that people with dentures can at least soften their wrinkles? Thanks. Madge
Madge – After years of wearing dentures, wrinkles or facial sagging result from jawbone shrinkage. When all of your teeth are missing, the bone that once supported the teeth is resorbed and used elsewhere in the body. The jawbone is no longer available to support facial muscles, so sagging and shrinking result.
Although cosmetic surgery may tighten facial tissue, jawbone shrinkage can continue and additional wrinkles or sagging can occur. But jawbone can be built up through bone grafting, and jawbone shrinkage can be prevented or interrupted with dental implants.
You can discuss your options with a few implant dentists to find out your options. Diagnostic studies are needed to determine how much jawbone shrinkage has occurred and the best way to address it.
This post is sponsored by San Jose dentists Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob of Hillsdale Dental Care.