The youthful face is in harmony. Skin, muscles, bones, and teeth all developed together in balance. Over time, though, your teeth wear down and are lost, which reduces the support for your soft tissue. Without support, the skin, muscles, and fat begin to hang down, which leads to:
- Tissue folds and wrinkles around the mouth
- Hanging skin under the chin (often called a turkey neck or turkey wattle)
- Puffy neck or double chin
- Jowls hanging down below the jaw
- Sunken lips and cheeks
Traditional dentures replace your teeth at a standard height, usually much less than your natural teeth. They also don’t provide a replacement for the jawbone that dissolves after your teeth are lost. Worse, traditional dentures create pinch- and pressure-points that aren’t just painful, they can accelerate bone loss.
Traditional dentures have another problem: they’re unstable. To try to make them more stable, dentists put the teeth directly over the jaw bone. As the bone is lost, it shrinks inward, which means the teeth of your dentures also shrink inward. This gives you a sunken appearance.