Consequences of Jawbone Loss
Losing tissue in your jawbone can greatly affect your appearance as well as your oral health. Significant jawbone loss can alter your facial features in several ways.
When jawbone atrophy is left untreated for a long period of time, a condition known as facial collapse can occur. In someone experiencing facial collapse, the mouth seems to fall backwards into the face. The chin becomes more pointed. Facial muscles weaken as well, leading to premature wrinkling around the mouth and a thinning of the lips. All of these changes work together to make you appear much older than your chronological age.