The term should be used with caution. At first, “dental facelift” might bring to mind images of teeth and surgery. That’s not at all what this moniker is supposed to convey. Many dentists, and the media, use the term loosely to describe cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve one’s facial appearance.
When teeth are lost and not immediately replaced, bone in the jaw degenerates. Teeth roots naturally keep the jawbone intact, and without this stimulation, the body allows jawbone tissue to erode. Over time, facial features begin to look old; cheeks droop, lips curl inward, and the jawline is shortened. To prevent these unattractive results, missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible.
Another situation that may call for a “dental facelift” is significant tooth wear. Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), often caused by TMJ disorder, wear down back teeth. This ultimately causes the jawline to shorten. It can lead to tooth pain, sensitivity, breakage, and chipping, as well. To lengthen the jawline and restore worn teeth, I often suggest custom crowns — which I happen to offer in one visit!
Whether or not you like the term “dental facelift,” the problems that prosthetic and restorative dentistry correct go beyond health and function. Our mouths – teeth, gums, and jaws – have significant impact on our overall image.
Want to know more? As a cosmetic dentist, I’ll be happy to sit down with you and discuss your concerns. Together, we’ll come up with a practical and effective plan to give you a smile that looks youthful and attractive. Call Back Mountain Dental today if you live in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, or surrounding communities. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and I’d like to make you smile!