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Does losing teeth change your jaw shape?

I am a 40 year old female. I wonder if losing teeth changes your jaw shape?

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Depending on the direction the teeth are going to move, and that may change the way your arch looks.
Losing teeth can change the appearance of your facial features. Teeth support your lip and cheek structure. If you lose teeth, the lip or cheek structure may appear sunken in or drooping in that area.
Also, when you looks teeth, the bone structure will resorb and become thinner and shorter in the area were the teeth.
Absolutely, the loss of teeth excluding the removal of the wisdom teeth(third molars). Their premature loss in children without spacemainters effects the jaw development and in adults, the removal one's teeth without replacement can have effects on the joint (TMJ) that allows the jaw to move and can effect one's smile in addition to one's chewing capacity. Each classification of teeth has a different purpose for chewing which affects digestion and muscle function.
Yes, it does. Remaining teeth start shifting and jaw shape might change.
Yes, it does.
Yes, losing teeth wii definitely affect the shape of your jaw over time. Teeth stimulate the bone and retain the volume and shape of the jaw. Implants do the same thing as teeth, that is stimulate the bone and help retain its volume and shape. So, if you do have to lose a tooth, hopefully it can be replaced with an implant, so the shape of your jaw won’t be affected.
The cheeks and lips receive support from teeth under them, and could be changed with less support. Bone shrinks where teeth are removed. The good news is that replacement of the lost tissues can reduce possible changes.

Yes, losing your teeth changes your jaw shape. Just like a person who works out and has big muscles, when they stop working out, those muscles get smaller. Your jaw bone has the size and shape it does because it is there to support your teeth. If you take a tooth out, your body no longer has to support that tooth so it does not waste energy on those cells. That part of your jaw will get smaller. This happens regardless of age. It is the amount of time that the tooth has been missing. That being said, it does not happen right away.
If it is only one tooth, you will likely not notice that much of a difference. If it is a lot of teeth, picture a person that has dentures when then they take them out.
Hope this helps.

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William F. Scott IV, DMD