Facelift dentures are a modern take on traditional dentures and offer the most customized fit possible. These advanced dentures are able to help the jaw remain in a relaxed position and give the wearers optimum fit and appearance benefits that traditional dentures cannot. By employing neuromuscular dentistry practices, dentists trained in this treatment are able to help patients avoid the sagging or sunken facial appearance that is often created by traditional dentures.
Many patients are unaware that the jaw bones in their mouths begin to resorb immediately after tooth loss. Because denture wearers traditionally have no remaining natural teeth due to extraction, gum disease, or trauma, their jaw bones are highly susceptible to resorption.
Our natural teeth are attached to our jaw bones by our tooth roots. When these teeth are lost, the tooth roots that once stimulated the jaw bone no longer help to maintain the bone tissue. As bone stimulation ceases, the alveolar bone- the portion of the jaw bone responsible for anchoring teeth in the mouth- no longer gets the stimulation it requires and starts to resorb.
Bone loss varies among individuals but the majority of patients with missing teeth experience jaw bone resorption during the first 18 months a tooth is lost or removed. Facelift dentures combat the resorption of the jaw bone by stimulating the alveolar bone by creating a better fit that rests partially on muscles, giving stable and relaxed muscles that produce the "facelift" appearance without surgery.
Dentures rest on top of the gum line and provide no direct stimulation of the alveolar bone and don't mimic the natural tooth's function to stimulate bone material in the jaw. Their sole purpose is to correct the problem of missing teeth but have never taken into account compensating for the neuromuscular function the way facelift dentures do. As a result of progressive bone resorption that happens immediately after teeth are lost patients often suffer from dentures that become increasingly loose and create fit problems. After several years of wear, it is not uncommon that these patients have to get their dentures refit, repaired, or replaced due to jaw and gum resorption.
Dentists who are trained in neuromuscular treatments work to achieve and maintain optimum muscle relaxation and function while allowing the facelift denture to stimulate the jaw bone. These dentures, designed to fit partially on the muscles, give patients a more stable fit and better appearance than traditional dentures and provide the greatest facial support that prevents the sagging facial appearance that is associated with traditional dentures. Not all dentists are trained to provide facelift dentures as they are one of the more modern advancements in dentistry. However, as facelift dentures become more popular and patients who are displeased with traditional dentures seek reputable options, facelift dentures will likely be offered more frequently.
Because so many patients have experienced issues with traditional dentures and modern dentistry seeks to preserve oral health, many dentists recommend dental implants over dentures. Dental implants integrate into the jaw bone and replace the tooth's root that is lost due to tooth loss so that the patient can maintain their appearance as well as oral health. Dental implants are a more expensive alternative than dentures, however they are often considered the best option for tooth replacement.