Are you considering getting dentures but are concerned about the possible changes to your appearance? Your dentists in Neenah, WI, Dr. James Kramer, and Dr. Stephanie Kramer of Kramer Family Dentistry can explain the changes you can expect and help you explore your denture options.
How your teeth affect your appearance
Missing teeth not only affect the way your smile looks but may also cause other changes in your appearance. The roots of your teeth constantly press on your jawbone, keeping the bone strong and healthy. When teeth are lost, the bone may begin to shrink due to lack of stimulation.
Your teeth and jawbone support the muscles in your face. After tooth loss, the muscles may begin to sag, causing the skin to wrinkle. Tooth loss can also cause your lips to sink in and your chin to protrude.
Replacing your teeth with dentures can help you avoid dramatic changes to your face although you may still notice some degree of facial sagging or wrinkling.
Dentures can help you avoid troubling changes
Proper denture fit is the key to protecting your appearance. If your dentures are too big or short, your face might look puffy. Dentures that don't fit properly can affect the alignment of your chin and make your face look lopsided.
During your visit to the Neenah, WI, dental office, your dentist will help you find dentures that fit well and enhance your appearance. If you have some tooth remnants left, dentures that fit over the remnants might be a good option. The roots of the remnants will continue to stimulate your jawbone and help decrease shrinking.
Full dentures offer an excellent option if you've lost all of your teeth, but they aren't the only choice. You may also want to consider implant-supported dentures. These dentures are connected to small titanium posts placed in your jawbone. The posts bond to your jawbone just like natural tooth roots do.
Implant-supported dentures can:
- Keep Your Jawbone Strong: The stimulation provided by the implants reduces jawbone shrinkage.
- Make Chewing Easier: Implants offer excellent biting power.
- Improve Comfort: Since your dentures are securely anchored to your jawbone, they won't slip or slide when you eat or speak.
Would you like to find out if dentures are a good option for you? Call your Neenah, WI, dentists, Dr. James Kramer, and Dr. Stephanie Kramer of Kramer Family Dentistry, at (920) 725-2533 to schedule an appointment.