Female Facial Atrophy after Tooth Loss
Many years of bone loss will cause your face to change. Your mouth and jaw appear to collapse, your lips look thinner and there is an increase in wrinkles near the mouth and neck.
The forces of chewing are transmitted down the teeth and into the bone. This stimulation of the bone cause the bone to remain healthy. When teeth are lost the underlying bone no longer receive the forces of chewing. It goes back to the old saying “if you don’t use it you loose it.” The bone is no longer needed to support the missing teeth. The bone then starts to atrophy.