Are dentures changing my jaw?

My jawline seems different. Can dentures changes my jaw?

Evelyn- Portland

Evelyn,

Yes, it is possible for dentures to change your jawline. In fact, wearing dentures causes you to lose jawbone.

Once your teeth are removed, your body begins to reabsorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. The reason for that is your body recognizes your jawbone is no longer needed to support the roots of your teeth. Being efficient, it moves the material elsewhere.

Eventually, you will no longer have enough jawbone to support your dentures.

Their is a solution. Did your dentist ever tell you about dental implants. If not, you can click here to learn more about that option.

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Lumineers verses porcelain veneers

Are Lumineers or porcelain veneers better?

Stacey A. – Little Rock, AR

Stacey,

You’ve asked an interesting question. What many people don’t realize is Lumineers are porcelain veneers. They’re just a specific brand that is more heavily marketed than most. Each brand has its own unique properties. A qualified cosmetic dentist will know which brand will work best with your teeth and the smile you want.

The more important issue is which dentist you choose. There is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry.  Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

However, when you’re talking about your appearance and getting a smile makeover, you want it to be stunning. That takes a significant amount of training and artistry. Training that you can’t get in dental school.

Look for a dentist who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The standard for accreditation is so high that only the top 1-3% of dentists in the world reach that level. It would be worth it to even drive to a nearby city to get an artistic dentist.

This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.