I have been wearing a denture for over 35 years now and I’m only 60 years old. My denture keeps falling out. It won’t even stay in place with denture adhesive anymore. My dentist told me that since I don’t have any ridge left it may get so bad that I may not be able to wear a denture. Is there anything that can be done to help?
– Leona in Illinois
What is happening here is called facial collapse. When you no longer have teeth present, your body thinks that it doesn’t have to support the bone in that area. It resorbs the minerals to be used in elsewhere in the body. As the condition worsens and the bone deteriorates, it could get so bad that you can’t wear a denture.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is used to rebuild the bone. This surgery is complicated and you need to make sure you find an implant dentist or oral surgeon that is comfortable and experienced in doing it.
Otherwise, you do have several options to replace your teeth. You could have the same kind of removable denture placed over your jawbone once the bone grafting is complete. Although, you as time passes you will be dealing with the same problems from facial collapse.
Dental implants are more expensive but will actually prevent the bone loss at the site where each implant is placed. The more implants you have done means that more bone will be retained. With two dental implants, an overdenture is an option that would serve you well or you could have a dental hybrid restoration where the dentures are anchored and stabilized by the dental implants.
Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully others that are missing teeth will read it and take every option into consideration. I just wish you were educated about facial collapse and were made aware of the other options from the start.
Best of luck.
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