Quiz: Preventing Facial Collapse

When you’ve experienced tooth loss, the last thing you probably think about is the eventual collapse of your facial structure or your bite. However, this is a very real threat that becomes a potential hazard the moment you lose a tooth. As a result, it’s very essential that you understand why it’s so important to replace missing teeth. Fortunately, dental implants can protect both the structure of your smile and the integrity of your overall appearance. Get to know more on the topic with a quiz.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: Your jawbone is consistently kept healthy as the result of stimulation provided by your teeth. When you lose teeth, that stimulation goes away.
  2. True or False: Fortunately, dental implants can preserve the necessary stimulation that your jawbone usually receives. This is because by replacing the roots you once had, the implant or “new roots” signal your body that a tooth is present and needs support.
  3. True or False: When enough jaw tissue is lost, the lower portion of your face will collapse due to a lack of support. Over time, your bite may collapse, as well.

Quiz Answers

  1. True. The volume, width, and health of the bone remain as they are due to the stimulation that your teeth provide. Think of it as your bone remaining healthy because its responsibility is to house your tooth. When the tooth is gone, the bone “thinks” the responsibility is gone, too.
  2. True. We suggest dental implants for patients who are interested and who make good candidates because stimulation can continue, preventing the loss of jaw tissue.
  3. True. When you don’t have enough jaw tissue, the framework that provided your face with support disappears and collapse occurs. Over time, if additional tooth loss occurs, your bite may collapse, as well, leading to an even more severe lack of facial support.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).