Facial collapse occurs when you have been missing teeth for an extended period of time, usually around 10 to 20 years. Over time, your body begins to resorb the bone that once supported your teeth, and your jawbone shrinks significantly. Facial collapse can drastically alter both the appearance of your face and the overall function of your smile. It can make patients appear to be much older than they are, and many people struggling with this condition avoid social situations.
Since facial collapse causes the jawbone to shrink, it can be difficult to nearly impossible for someone with facial collapse to wear dentures, as there is very little bone for it to rest on. As the condition worsens, it may become impossible for the patient to chew or eat normally, which can affect their overall health.
If our dentist and team determine facial collapse is likely for you, they may recommend dental implants to support your smile and prevent the condition from becoming serious. If you are already suffering from facial collapse, surgery, such as bone grafting, may be necessary to restore the health of your smile.
If you have any questions about facial collapse in Lafayette, Louisiana, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashley Price or Dr. Chelsea Guilliot, please call Price & Associates Family Dentistry today at 337-988-4041!