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How Dentures Affect the Shape of Your Smile – for Better and for Worse

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are a common and affordable option for improving your smile’s function and appearance. But what kind of effect they have on your overall facial profile depends on their design and how well they fit.

How Dentures Improve Your Smile

Roots keep your teeth in place. They also stimulate bone health in the jaw. As long as you have teeth in place, the shape of your mouth will stay about the same.

When you lose teeth, your jaw loses valuable support. The bone resorbs and disappears, and your mouth can take on a sunken or caved-in look.

If this has happened to you, then a denture can help restore some of your smile’s original height.

Dentures Can Wear Down Your Jaw

Dentures rest directly on the gums for support. This means that they put pressure on the bone directly and can wear it down over time.

While a denture can keep your smile from looking caved-in, it doesn’t encourage new bone growth. After years of using a denture, your mouth will slowly wear down to the point that you need to be re-fitted.

If your denture doesn’t fit properly, then this bone wear can happen even faster and result in abnormal bone loss.

A bad bite with dentures can lead to problems like:

  • Gum sores
  • Sagging lips
  • Wrinkles around the mouth and neck
  • Saliva and food leaking out of the corners of the mouth
  • Sores and infections
  • Difficulty eating
  • Embarrassment

A well-fitted denture is the key to maintaining a youthful and natural-looking smile. Even better is one that’s supported by implants that act just like tooth roots. Talk with your dentist about denture options to save the shape of your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
(770)422-8776

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