Have you ever wondered why people who don’t seem very old can still have that old, sunken-faced, pointy-chinned look that we associate with our grandparents? The truth is, they have lost their teeth.
If you find that hard to believe, then that’s because you don’t yet know the physical processes that take place once there are no teeth, or even just fewer teeth, in your head. But at Warrendale Dental, we do, and that’s one of the main reasons why we recommend dental implants in Herefordshire.
The relationship between your teeth and face shape
It seems weird, but your teeth play a hugely important role in keeping the structure of your face intact. The main role of the teeth is to chew your food, but they also hold your cheeks out. If you lose your teeth and don’t replace them with anything, your cheeks will have nothing to support them and will start to sag in.
But that’s not all the bad news. If it was that simple, we’d all be wearing dentures. Instead, many people now prefer dental implants in Herefordshire and one reason why is because dentures and bridges cannot protect your jawbone from dissolving itself.
Without teeth in your jawbone, transmitting tiny tremors all day through their roots into the bone cells, the bone does not know that it is still in use. The tremors signal to the bone cells to keep on renewing themselves, and when the vibrations cease, so does bone cell production. It’s worse than that actually. The bone cells actively start to dissolve themselves in a process called resorption. The dissolved bone goes back into the bloodstream and the calcium is carried away to be used elsewhere.
They reckon that you can lose up to 25% of the width of your jawbone in the first year alone, and over the next few years, your chin starts to appear to rotate forwards and point up towards your nose.
Not a great look, and one that can be avoided with dental implants in Herefordshire. Come in for a consultation with us and find out how we can help you, even if you have lost all your teeth and have been wearing dentures.