One of the most common cosmetic complaints people have about traditional dentures is the sunken appearance it gives their cheeks. This leads to an aged appearance, which makes denture wearers unsatisfied with the way they look wearing dentures.
FOY® Dentures addresses this problem with improved denture fit that lets them truly replace the lost volume of teeth and bone. However, many traditional dentures try to address the problem in a different way: cheek plumpers. While there is a certain logic to this approach, it is very limited and doesn’t work well.
Why Dentures Lead to Sunken Cheeks
Why do people get sunken cheeks when they wear dentures? Several reasons. First, of course, the fact that a denture wearer has lost their teeth, and, along with it, the bone that supported their teeth. Ideally, dentures should replace this lost volume, but they rarely succeed.
Part of the reason they can’t replace the lost volume is that the dentures are unstable. Traditional denture fit doesn’t provide great security for the dentures, so to make them more stable, the teeth have to be placed further inward than natural teeth. This contributes to the sunken appearance.
In addition, traditional dentures don’t let you chew with as much force as natural teeth. This leads to a reduction of the jaw muscles, which makes the cheeks more sunken. Plus, the face can naturally lose fat in the cheek pads.
What Are Cheek Plumpers?
To try to avoid the appearance of sunken cheeks, some dentists add cheek plumpers to traditional dentures. Cheek plumpers are like “wings” on the sides of dentures that extend outward to mimic the appearance of support from natural dentition.
These can be permanently attached or they might be removable so that people wear them only for special occasions to try to limit the problems associated with cheek plumpers.
The Trouble with Cheek Plumpers
Although cheek plumpers might seem like a natural solution to this problem, they are far from ideal.
The problem with cheek plumpers is that they give dentures an unnatural shape. Dentures are already not shaped like natural teeth, but cheek plumpers accentuate the difference in ways that interfere with the function of the jaw.
Cheek plumpers make dentures heavier, which makes them more uncomfortable. It can be hard to insert dentures with cheek plumpers, which is an especially great concern for the oldest patients who might need them the most.
Cheek plumpers interfere with some of the natural motions of the jaw system, including some of the jaw muscles and part of the mandible bone. This can make it even harder and less comfortable to chew.
People also can’t use cheek plumpers if they have limited jaw opening, because you need to open wider to get these modified dentures in.
FOY® Dentures Are a Better Solution
While cheek plumpers might seem a good way to address this common cosmetic problem, they’re really not. FOY® Dentures are a much better approach. FOY® Dentures use an improved fitting process so they are more stable. This means they can be positioned in a more natural place that plumps your cheeks the way your natural teeth did. Plus, they are designed so they work better with your jaw muscles for improved comfort as well as an improved appearance. This is part of what makes FOY® Dentures the best cosmetic dentures.
Want to see how FOY ® Dentures can plump your cheeks? Please contact a local FOY ® Dentures dentist today for an appointment.