A Dental Facelift
June 11, 2013
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A Dental Face Lift 

            I saw a picture of myself the other day and it shocked me.  I seem to be getting older and rounder and balder much faster than I thought possible.  I quickly ran to the nearest mirror and was relieved to see that I still look just like I did when I graduated high school.  It’s amazing what a little self-esteem will do. 

            We see patients every day with perfect straight white teeth framed by pink healthy gums.  On the other end of the spectrum, we see patients every day who struggle with ill-fitting or unappealing prosthetic tooth replacements (dentures, old crowns, old fillings, and partial dentures.)  No matter where one may be in this spectrum, it is important to know that modern dentistry can give you the smile that you want to see in the mirror.  But wait, there’s more... 

            Tooth loss, crowding, or tooth wear all decrease the distance from the tip of one’s chin to the base of one’s nose (dentists call this the lower face height).  When lower face height is lost, several negative cosmetic effects occur.  The lips become thinner and wider.  Jowls begin to form.  Sometimes, the nose will turn down and become quite pointy.  As an added bonus, wrinkles and lines form.  The corners of the mouth turn down, causing a constant scowl.  Often, patients accept these issues as part of “getting old,” when the truth is that improvements can often be made and maintained by improving one’s teeth and bite.

             Dentures can be made to support the lips and remove lower face lines where tooth and bone have been lost.  A properly positioned bite on dental restorations can restore the lower face to it’s original shape.  Orthodontics can correct bite and crowding problems to return lower face height to normal.  Deep wrinkles can be smoothed with dermal filler therapy.  New teeth cannot make one young again, but they can provide a bit of a face lift and certainly, a boost of confidence.

             It’s never too late to get a nice smile and a healthy mouth.

             Until next week, keep smiling.

 -Please send comments to Drs. Parrish at www.ParrishDental.com.