I’m a 55 year-old woman who has a denture for about 25 years. It’s a challenge keeping a denture in my mouth, even with adhesive. I was told I almost have no ridge left and this may get to the point where I can’t wear a denture at all. What can I do?
– Linda in Texas
This is a challenging situation for you. When you lose your teeth, your body thinks it doesn’t need the bone anymore and starts to resorb it and use those minerals elsewhere in the body. It’s called ‘facial collapse.’ Eventually, this gets to the point where you can’t even wear a denture.
If this happens, you need bone grafting to rebuild the bone. You may need to research a dentist who can do this procedure. This surgery is complicated and difficult, and there are some oral surgeons who won’t do this surgery so you’ll need to do your homework to find an appropriate professional.
Besides this, there are other options for getting replacement teeth. This will depend on the importance for you, your budget and how much treatment you need. A simple solution would be to have removable dentures placed over the newly built up jawbone. However, the problem is that the bone will resorb again and you’ll be faced with the same situation.
Dental implants prevent bone resorption and the more implants you get, the more bone you retain. A simple solution would be to have just two dental implants in each jaw and receive what is called ‘over-dentures’ or ‘snap-on’ dentures over the implants. This is a good start or you could have a procedure to get dental implant hybrid restorations. This would allow the dentures to be securely fastened to the implants and you wouldn’t have slippage and discomfort.
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