People are always overplaying the benefits of exercise. It may not even be any good for weight loss in general.
But considering how long we’ve been sold on getting “abs of steel,” it’s not surprising that people will advocate exercise for anything, including preventing sunken denture face.
The problem is that muscle tone has very little to do with sunken denture face, so it’s unlikely that exercises will actually help.
So what makes your face sink in and wrinkle when you have dentures? There are three basic causes of facial aging: changes in the skin and other tissues, stretching due to gravity, and the loss of facial volume.
Your skin naturally loses elasticity–the ability to bounce back after being deformed–with age. This is why your skin begins to develop many of the creases and folds in places where you naturally crinkle your face, such as crow’s feet in the corners of the eyes.
With the loss of elasticity, some of your tissues begin to drop. For example, the fat pads on your cheek tend to migrate downward. This leads to hollows under the eyes where the fat pads used to supply volume, folds around the mouth as the fat pads intrude on the muscles around the mouth, and jowling as the fat pads sink below the level of the jaw.
Finally, volume loss is a big issue. Youthful faces are plump with significant fat deposits, but with age those deposits are lost. That’s what facial fillers are used to replace. But even more important is the loss of teeth and bones in the jaw, which comprise a huge portion of the support for the lower third of your face.
Just like facial fillers are used to replace the loss of facial fat, you need dentures to replace the lost teeth and bones.
But you might think that muscles can still help. After all, strengthening your muscles will make them larger and stronger so they’ll help to support skin and fat.
The problem is that muscles aren’t really hard tissue. Without anything to anchor and support them, your muscles just add more flabby tissue that hangs down. Instead of reducing jowls and sinking tissue, you’re just adding more to them.
And if your jaw muscles get stronger, you might see your bone loss get worse. Bone loss with dentures depends on the amount of force that’s being put on them by biting, chewing, or clenching teeth. This is partly due to poor denture fit, which can lead to pressure points that hurt your bones. But stronger muscles can increase the force you’re putting on those pressure points, potentially accelerating bone loss.
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