How Denture Implants Can Help Maintain Your Natural Face Shape

How Denture Implants Can Help Maintain Your Natural Face Shape

When a person removes their complete dentures, they can appear sunken in the cheeks and their lips can seem to pull back into the mouth, curling over the gums. But not all denture wearers look this way, and certainly not while the dentures are in the mouth.


People with denture implants, for example, don’t have to worry about this sunken look as their natural face shape is preserved for two reasons: 

  1. Their dentures do not come out.
  2. Denture implants reduce jaw bone deterioration. 

There are other benefits to denture implants, but if you are worried about looking gaunt with dentures, these are the main two reasons denture implants can preserve your natural face shape.

How Denture Implants Can Help Maintain Your Natural Face Shape

What Causes Face Shape To Alter? When a person needs a set of full dentures, either for the top palate, the bottom, or both, they are lacking all of their natural teeth in that area. This is what causes the immediate sunken look when the dentures are out of the mouth. When the teeth are no longer in place to give the lips and cheeks structure, they move inward and create a hollow, drawn-in look. Meanwhile,  the lack of teeth anchored into the jaw causes the jaw bone to gradually deteriorate. The jawbone is preserved through activities such as chewing or biting, and when an adult tooth is no longer present the portion of the jaw bone that anchors teeth into the mouth no longer gets the stimulation it requires and it begins to resorb. As this resorption takes place, it alters the face shape because the jaw is becoming physically smaller.

How Can Denture Implants Maintain My Face Shape? Unlike other dentures that sit on the gums, denture implants are, as the name suggests, connected to implants in the jaw. Unlike other dentures that come out of the mouth, denture implants are permanent. This allows dental patients to retain their natural face shape as the teeth stay in place and offer support to the cheeks and lips. Denture implants also help prevent jaw bone volume loss by having the implants mimic the root of a tooth and giving the jaw bone structure, slowing down resorption.

Other Benefits Of Denture Implants. Denture implants are a great long-term solution for those who have lost teeth due to age, injury, or gum disease. Denture implants do not move or slip, they don’t create sore spots in the mouth, they improve chewing and speaking, and they improve oral health. Although they will take longer to establish initially, they will be fairly low maintenance after the implants are healed.

Maintain Your Face Shape With Denture Implants From Future Smiles In Calgary

If you are concerned about maintaining your face shape with dentures, dental implants may be the best option for you. If you have any questions about dental implants or are ready to schedule an appointment with a top Calgary denturist, call the team at Future Smiles at 1-403-475-0016. If you’re interested in getting denture implants, you can visit us at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary either at Coral Springs in NE Calgary or at close to Chinook Centre on Macleod in SW Calgary. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will determine if you are a good candidate for denture implants and will explain everything you need to know about the process of getting denture implants. Contact us for a free consultation and start your journey to a healthier, happier smile.


Q: How long does it take to get denture implants?
A: Because dental implants require some surgery for the dental implants themselves, there is some healing time needed. The whole process usually takes at least two surgeries and a minimum of 5 months to complete.

Q: How do you care for denture implants?
A: Cleaning implant-supported dentures is an important part of protecting the health of your gums, jaw bone, and remaining teeth if you have any. To extend the life of your denture implants, here’s how you can care for them:

  • Thoroughly clean all the way around the abutments, your gums, and all sides of any remaining natural teeth in the mouth. Treat the abutments as if they were your natural teeth.
  • Be sure to get all the spaces around the abutments and in the gaps between the denture or bridge.
  • When the dentures or bridge touches the gums, use floss to clean between those tight areas that you cannot brush.
  • Rinse your mouth with water.

Q: How long do denture implants last?
A: Denture implants are considered a permanent solution that, when cared for, can last anywhere from ten to twenty years. If you are not properly caring for your dentures, your Calgary denturist can inform you and instruct you on how to improve your routine.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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