Tooth loss has a wide range of effects on your oral health. Even missing one tooth can impact the appearance of your face, your bite, and your risk of developing dental problems. Facial sagging is just one of the problems that we solve with dental implant treatment at Elevate Dental Implant Center.
Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili and Dr. Shalini Sethi are Hanover, Maryland dentists that are committed to helping their patients receive comfortable and compassionate dental treatment. They take your oral health, dental goals, and dental history into account when helping you find the appropriate solution.
Using modern dental technology and expert techniques, Dr. Yalamanchili and Dr. Sethi offer preventative care to patients with missing teeth using dental implant restorations.
What is Facial Sagging?
Over time, the loss of a tooth can lead to shrinking bone tissue in the jaw. Without bone tissue to support the jaw, the lower chin may appear sunken in, especially if more than one tooth. This sunken appearance can make patients look older than they are and can change the function of the bite.
When patients are missing multiple teeth in their upper arch, the skin above the lip sinks inward. When teeth are not replaced soon enough, the remaining teeth shift inward, causing sagging.
Bone is an important part of ensuring that your face stays full in appearance. The facial muscles and tissue rely on the bone structure in the jaw to support them. Without that support, they start to sink. Your skin wrinkles around that area and becomes droopy. Other areas of your face can appear disfigured because the sagging skin pulls and shifts your features. Facial sagging makes many patients insecure.
Facial Sagging FAQs
How do I fix my sagging face at home?
Patients can attempt to reverse facial sagging at home by following a healthy, well-balanced diet. This includes staying hydrated. Patients may also increase their intake of vitamins E and C. Exercise can also help reduce stress and reduce facial sagging.
Will dentures help my sagging face?
Dentures provide structure to facial muscles and reverse facial sagging. Dentures fill the space where teeth are missing, adding support to patients’ mouths, jaws, and faces.
Can face yoga reverse facial sagging?
Face yoga can help get rid of wrinkles and reverse sagging in your face. Facial yoga has been shown to relax facial muscles giving patients a natural facelift.
Will a bone graft lift my face and get rid of my sagging?
Bone grafting can be used to restore facial structure that was caused by bone loss. The added support can reverse facial sagging and “lift” your face.
At what age do cheeks start to sag?
Most people begin to notice facial sagging after the age of 40. This is due to loss of bone density in your jaw and facial structure.
How can I avoid a sunken face with dentures?
Patients with dentures must use dental implants to keep their faces from collapsing. Without implants, dentures cannot support your facial structure.
What vitamins help with sagging skin?
Vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as coenzyme Q10, are examples of antioxidants found in various foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements. These vitamins help promote skin elasticity and a younger appearance.
Can you reverse facial sagging?
Face exercises and firming creams can help you achieve a younger look without surgery. Laser surfacing and ultrasound skin tightening are two examples of cosmetic procedures that offer faster results.
Dental Implants and Facial Sagging
Dental implants solve facial sagging by replacing a tooth at the root and the crown. Implanting a sturdy titanium post stimulates healthy bone growth following a tooth extraction or loss. Dental implants support your natural jaw structure for a natural-looking and functioning end result. Replacing missing teeth helps patients avoid further dental problems, such as facial sagging down the road.
Implants can actually help reverse the deterioration that has already taken place. The tooth root stimulates jawbone production. It’s usually stimulated constantly because you’re biting and chewing with your teeth every day. When the tooth root is no longer there, the jawbone isn’t stimulated. Your body decides that it doesn’t need this bone, so it resorbs it, or it deteriorates.
Dental implant posts are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root. This means that it’s the only solution that spurs on that jawbone regeneration. Other options, like dentures, can still fill out the appearance of your sagging face, but implants are the only thing that can actually help get that bone structure back.
With other restorations, the jawbone continues to deteriorate over time. The fit of your traditional bridge or denture changes as the jawbone does. You have to get these restorations readjusted or replaced, possibly multiple times throughout the course of your lifetime. Your restoration has to fit in a certain way to be a successfully functioning tool for you. This can get costly and frustrating as it adds up over time.
With dental implants, you never need to readjust your restoration. As long as you take good care of your oral hygiene, implants are a solution that lasts a lifetime. The jawbone no longer deteriorates, so you don’t have to worry about the fit of your implants changing or their function being compromised. You may have to replace the final restoration if it gets damaged, but the actual implant posts don’t need to be touched.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Combat facial sagging with dental implant treatment at Elevate Dental Implant Center. Call 410-205-4997 or request an appointment with Dr. Yalamanchili and Dr. Sethi online.
We offer a wide range of implant-secured dental restorations, whether you have one missing tooth or whole arches of teeth missing. If you have any questions about your implant options, please let us know, and we will help you find the best solution to fit your specific needs and concerns.