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How Can I Keep My Face From Collapsing with Dentures?


How Can I Keep My Face From Collapsing with Dentures?

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I have recently been diagnosed with a severe calcium deficiency. As a result, my dentist wants me to extract my teeth and get dentures. I had quite a bit of trouble with my teeth even though I brush regularly and go to the dentist. The deficiency probably explains that issue. I will be honest that I have been in tears about this. I am way too young for dentures. I’m only in my 30s and have been told that my face will start collapsing with dentures. I do remember my grandmother looking really weird with a smushed face. I don’t want that for myself. Is there any way that can prevent the collapsing?


Dear Adriana,

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I am glad you wrote. First, you should know that there is a way to prevent facial collapse. We’ll go over that in a moment. Before you resign yourself to dentures, I have a concern about your dentist’s diagnosis here. An adult calcium deficiency will not have an impact on your teeth, which gives me some concerns about your dentist.

Your teeth are fully formed, so their is not impact on your teeth. Instead, your calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, cramps, and even nerve problems. It is important to get treatment. Do you need to extract all your teeth? I’m sceptical. Some dentists really enjoy or at least feel it is best to do everything possible to save a tooth. Others don’t like putting a ton of effort into difficult teeth and just prefer to extract them. My first suggestion is that you get a second opinion. You may not even need to remove your teeth.

Preventing Facial Collapse If You Do Need Dentures

The best way to do that is to is to have dental implants placed, then you can anchor a denture to it. The dental implants will serve as prosthetic tooth roots. This signals to your body that you still have teeth in your mouth. As a result, you will not have to suffer the effects of a shrinking jawbone the way your grandmother did.

I hope this puts your mind at ease. Be aware, this procedure is expensive, so your best option is to save as many teeth as possible. Look for a dentist willing to put in the work.

This blog is brought to you by Mt. Dora Dentist Dr. Michelle Stillman.