A 38-year-old member asked:
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will my facial structure change if i have five missing back teeth?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
16 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes, over time: Once teeth that used to be there are no longer there, the bone that supports and holds the teeth in your jaw will start to remodel and resorb away. Osteoclasts slowly eat away the bone since there is no reason for the bone to stay there. As a result, your jaw will become thinner in that area and your face may have a shrunken in look. This process takes months to years for it to become noticeable.
Answered on Nov 7, 2014
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