Can I reverse facial collapse after teeth extractions? I’m 47 and will lose my 14 remaining teeth next month. I will get dentures, but I cannot afford dental implants yet. My dentist said that I might be able to get a denture retrofitted for dental implants. I guess it will be two to three years before I can afford dental implants. Other health concerns take priority. If my jawbone shrivels away before I can get dental implants, can I reverse facial collapse? I have teenage kids and don’t want to look like I am old enough to be their grandmother. Thank you. Avery
Has a dentist completed a comprehensive exam and CT scan to confirm your remaining teeth are unsavable? Although it may be easier for a dentist to remove your teeth than to try to restore them, we recommend getting a second opinion.
Can You Reverse Facial Collapse After Teeth Extractions?
A skilled cosmetic dentist and oral surgeon can help you reverse facial collapse with dental implants and bone grafting. An implant-supported denture can replace all your upper or lower missing teeth. You can have an implant-supported upper and lower denture. Still, if an advanced cosmetic dentist confirms that your teeth are unsavable and you require extractions, it will be ten to twenty years before you experience facial collapse.
Immediate implant dentures
When a patient’s budget allows it, placing bone graft material (if needed) and dental implants immediately after tooth extractions prevents further bone loss. However, with proper planning, a cosmetic dentist and oral surgeon can complete the work in phases based on your budget.
Bone grafting for facial collapse
A dental bone graft is the only way to replace jawbone volume. An oral surgeon will determine whether they can use your bone or if you need donor bone. After four to twelve months of healing, your jawbone will be strong enough to support dental implants. The bone graft will reshape your bone and help keep your facial muscles.
Missing teeth can make your face look sunken, so an implant-supported denture will lift your facial muscles and resolve premature sagging.
Consult with an advanced cosmetic dentist to discuss your options for implant overdentures. Even if you’re not ready for treatment, knowing your options can help you plan to improve your experience with dentures.
Beverly Hills accredited Fellow of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Brian LeSage, sponsors this post.