Facial Changes Wearing Dentures

Dentures can have a huge impact on your appearance, especially poorly fitted dentures or low cost "cheap" dentures can dramatically change your appearance for the worst.


Sagging Face

One of the most common complaints people have about their appearance with dentures is that they have a sagging face. This may be evidenced by hanging jowls, turkey neck, or deep facial folds and wrinkles.

This is because most dentures don’t fully replace the amount of volume lost in the lower face because of tooth loss and bone decreasing. That means that you have the same amount of tissue, including fat, skin, and muscles, but less support for them.


Sunken Lips/No Lips

Some of the “excess” tissue won’t hang down off your face. It will fold in around the mouth, causing your lips and cheeks to roll inward. This creates a hollow, sunken appearance around your mouth. You might not even be able to properly close your lips and may experience leakage at the corners, which can cause skin irritation and even infections.

Curved 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 attachments to change, causing the muscles and the fat they support to move downward, creating a sagging chin that is often described as witch’s chin.”


Puffy Lips and Cheeks

Dentures need to properly support your lips and cheeks, but if your dentures are too big, they can actually push your dentures outward, resulting in lips and cheeks that are too puffy. Properly fitted dentures can usually avoid this, though for some people the denture flanges that go around the gums can lead to a puffy appearance. All on 4 or Implants can avoid this because they don’t need to have a flange that goes around the gums.

Dentures can also cause puffy lips and cheeks if they’re too short, causing the lips and cheeks to fold, similar to what happens in sunken lips, only they’re folding outward rather than in.


Crooked Jaw

Properly fitted dentures retain the alignment of your natural teeth so that your jaw is in its proper place. Poorly fitted dentures can make your jaw tilt to one side or the other. This may not be obvious at first–it may become more so as your dentures wear down and the tilt increases.

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