Dentures & Horse Face or Monkey Mouth

Getting new dentures can cause facial features to distort to some extent. 
Some call it horse face or monkey mouth, because the face can bulge around the lips and mouth.
Why does this happen? 
Since the lip isn't adjusted yet to the dentures, it causes a bulge in this area. Over time, usually a few months after new dentures the facial muscles will maneuver around the false teeth causing your lip to set smoothly again.
One of the most common complaints new denture wears can have about their new appearance is sagging face, hanging Joel's, turkey neck or wrinkles with deep facial folds.
This is because dentures will never fully replace the amount of volume lost in the lower face due to tooth loss. 
Sunken Lips
some of the excess tissue will fold in around the mouth, causing your lips and cheeks to roll inward. 
This creates a hollow, sunken appearance around your mouth. Some might not be able to fully close their lips fully and leakage may occur due to drooling or excessive saliva; this can also cause cracks to appear on the sides of the mouth, which can burn it sting. Using vitamin E can reduce swelling and heal the cracks over a few days. 
Some denture wearers can elect to lip injections to eliminate the sunken lip look, checking with a plastic surgeon and doing research beforehand is a must before going out to get lip injections. 
Pointy Witches Chin
The shape of your chin depends on muscles, fat, and bone in the chin area. When you’re wearing dentures, your jawbone can lose volume, including in the chin area. This causes the muscle ligaments to change overtime, this causing the muscles and the fat they support to move downward, creating a sagging chin that is often described as witch’s chin.
Sinus issues can occur as well, since pulling out the remaining teeth, sinuses have more room to swell.
Don't worry, within a month after adjusting to your new dentures your mouth will relax over the new teeth giving you that beautiful smile that you deserve! 
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