How can a Dentist Give You a Facelift?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

A facelift is a surgical procedure during which incisions are made next to or behind the ears, allowing underlying tissue and muscle to be manipulated and lifted into a firmer and more youthful position. The typical facelift costs around $7,500 and can produce a tighter and more lifted look, but it cannot add volume to areas of the face that have become sunken-in or hollowed due to aging.

While there is no dental equivalent to a surgical facelift, there are a number of cosmetic and restorative procedures that can be combined to address issues brought about by aging, trauma, uncorrected bite issues, and TMJ. By addressing these types of issues, restorative and cosmetic services can help produce a more youthful, lifted, and attractive appearance, acting as an alternative to a more invasive (and riskier) surgical procedure.

Which Areas of the Face can be Restored?

Utilizing advanced cosmetic and restorative options, Dr. Tenney can address issues such as:

  • Sunken lips
  • Loose or hanging lip skin
  • Jowls and turkey neck
  • Sunken and hollow cheeks
  • Recessed chin

Dr. Tenney also offers BOTOX® Cosmetic, a nonsurgical treatment for lines and wrinkles around the lips, next to the eyes, in between the eyebrows, and across the forehead. Combining dental treatments with this cosmetic service can often produce a significantly more youthful appearance while also addressing common dental problems including:

  • Missing teeth
  • Malocclusion
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Jaw misalignment

If you are experiencing any of these issues, contact our Glendale office right away to learn if a dental alternative to facelift surgery would be useful for your needs.

Which Procedures Can be Used to Produce a More Lifted and Youthful Appearance?

To lift sunken areas of the face and produce a more youthful and vibrant appearance, Dr. Tenney may choose from a variety of treatments. Some of the most popular include restorative options such as:

  • Dental implants to replace one or two missing teeth
  • Dental bridges to replace several missing teeth in a row
  • Dentures or partials to replace an entire arch or longer row of missing teeth

Dental implants serve the dual purpose of providing a solid foundation for restorations, including bridges and dentures, while preventing jaw shrinkage and collapse – which helps preserve fullness in the lips and surrounding areas.

In addition to restorative services, cosmetic treatments that can help lift and add volume to and around the lips include:

  • Dental veneers
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Cosmetic enamel contouring
  • Gum reshaping

Cosmetic services may be combined with things like a nightguard to prevent bruxism and help preserve both tooth structure and jaw stability. Various orthodontic options may also be utilized to help correct bite issues for a straight, strong, and beautiful smile. During your free consultation with Dr. Tenney, we can help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures will meet your specific needs and produce the look you most desire.

Contact us to Learn More

If the idea of a more youthful appearance is appealing to you but you’re not certain facelift surgery is the best option, call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule a complimentary consultation and see how we can help. Located in Glendale, Dr. Tenney welcomes patients from all surrounding areas including Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Peoria.