I’ve had dentures for a long time. They’ve gotten to the point where they won’t stay in. It’s like my jaw has changed. Is there anything I can do?
Jeannette N. – Brooklyn
I know exactly what was going on. When your teeth are removed, your body begins to reabsorb the minerals from the roots of your teeth to use elsewhere in your body. It’s a very efficient system…unless you happen to wear dentures. Eventually so much of your jawbone is gone that you can’t wear your dentures anymore.
There is a way to repair this. You’ll need to have some bone grafting done. This will restore bone structure to your jawbone. Then you can have your treatment restored. Ideally, you’d want to get dental implants to replace your teeth. This prevents your body from reabsorbing the minerals and protects your jaw.
If you can’t afford dental implants, you could get snap-on dentures. This will affix your dentures to your jaw using as few as two implants, which saves you a lot of money. Then, as you’re able to, you can add implants.
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I’m hoping you can give me some denture advice. Ever since I’ve got them, it’s been very hard to chew. Is there anything I can do? My dentist says the dentures are fitting properly.
Scott D. – Georgia
Even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing efficiency by 50%. That can be discouraging. Ideally, when you need to replace teeth, you’d get dental implants. However, that is not in the budget for all patients and they’re stuck with dentures.
If you’re in that category, you might consider getting snap-on dentures. That will anchor them and help with your chewing efficiency.
You still won’t feel like you did with natural teeth or you would with dental implants, but it will be a significant improvement.
There will be the added benefit of allowing you to retain some of your jawbone. Obviously , the more implants, the better the stability and the more bone will be retained, but as long as you have a minimum of two, you should see some improvement.
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My dentist said I needed to get dentures, because I don ‘t have enough jawbone for dental implants. I was really disappointed to hear that. I have heard that there are snap on dentures that use a mini type of implant. Am I able to get those with a little jawbone?
Brendon L. – Tennessee
Unfortunately, without enough jawbone, the mini implants won’t have enough support for your snap on dentures. Snap on dentures are usually used when people are good candidates for dental implants, but don’t have the money for the big daddies.
Did your dentist not mention bone grafting? If you really wanted dental implants, you can have bone grafted to your jawbone to build up the structure.
If you’ve lost that much bone already, then eventually your dentures won’t even stay in place. Your bottom dentures rest on your lower jaw and that is the only thing keeping them in.
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I can’t afford dental implants, so I’m stuck wtih dentures. I know there is nothing I can do about that, but wondered if there is any way to keep them from slipping.? Please tell me there is.
Donna M. – Staten Island, NY
I’m sorry. There is nothing worse than knowing there is a better treatment out there, but you can’t afford it. Fortunately, there is a way to make living with dentures a little easier. That includes keeping them from slipping.
Has your dentist mentioned snap on dentures to you? It essentially is anchoring your dentures to your jawbone. That will keep you from having complete loss of your jaw bone.
Another thing I’d like to bring up. If you truly desire dental implants, there is a way to do them in stages. You can get two implants at a time, giving you time to save up for each set. This will further secure your appliance, eventually giving you the comfortable tooth replacements you’ve been wanting.
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