Sagging cheeks are often a sign of the aging process, and while most people simply brush it off, others are left feeling insecure. Even more so for those individuals who start to see signs of premature aging.
One factor that many may not consider when you begin seeing saggy facial skin is your missing teeth. Research has suggested a link between bone disease and oral health, which has led dental professionals to consider many different options for their patients, including implant dentures, individual tooth implants, and bone grafting.
How Dental Problems Cause Saggy Cheeks
Periodontal disease and bone health go hand in hand. If your teeth aren’t properly cared for over the years, you run the risk of losing your teeth due to the bacteria in your mouth causing inflammation and infection. As that bacteria continues to grow and spread, the body’s immune system starts to break down the connective tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place.
As you begin losing those teeth, the bones in your jaw begin to weaken and can run the risk of fracturing or being reabsorbed, causing the jaw to change shape. This is one of the many reasons that individuals can begin experiencing saggy cheeks both premature and as they age.
How Implant Dentures Can Help
Thanks to medical and dental advances, there are many ways to help reshape your jawbones to help battle signs of aging, such as saggy cheeks. Implant dentures are one method to help with this issue, especially if you’ve suffered from periodontal disease and significant loss of teeth.
Implant dentures are dentures that are anchored into your jawbone, making them a more permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants work by having titanium posts inserted into your jawbone. These posts then fuse to the jawbone, creating the permanent fixture.
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What makes implant dentures different from individual dental implants is the fact that they tend to be a partial or full fitting, covering much wider areas than singular tooth implants. Many people choose this option because it not only helps give them a full smile but because they see significant changes in their overall facial structure, giving them a more youthful look.
What Makes Implant Dentures Different Than Traditional Dentures?
One common question patients ask is “What’s the difference between traditional dentures and implant dentures?”
While both help to restore your smile and give you a better quality of life when it comes to the ability to chew your foods and so on, they are different in not only their use but the benefits they provide.
While traditional dentures are pretty easy to manage, many find that implant dentures are more comfortable. That is because implant dentures are a permanent fixture in your mouth, whereas traditional dentures sit on top of the sensitive gums. Over time and with regular wear, these dentures begin to rub against the gums, which can lead to sores if not adequately addressed.
Patients also tend to find that talking, smiling, and eating is easier with implant dentures because they don’t move around, or run the risk of slipping out of place as they move throughout their day.
Start Feeling More Secure with Implant Dentures
If missing teeth are causing premature signs of aging on your face, then speaking with an implant denture provider like Dr. Westersund in downtown Calgary is a great first step. Our denture dental clinic has the staff, knowledge, and experience to help answer all your concerns regarding implant dentures.
Ready to see if implant dentures are right for you? Call us or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.