I’ve had dentures for many years. The ridge on my jawbone is almost gone and I just cannot keep them in any more, even when using those awful adhesives. Is there a solution?
What is happening is you are faced with what is called facial collapse. When you first have your teeth removed, your body notices that. In an effort to be as efficient with its resources as possible, it begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone in order to use them elsewhere in your body where it perceives the minerals will be more useful.
I don’t know if your dentist warned you about this when you first had to make a choice about your tooth replacements. If you had gotten implant-supported dentures, this could have prevented the situation you are in. This is because the dental implants provide prosthetic tooth roots which will signal to your brain that you still need your jawbone.
The good news is there is a solution for you. The first thing you’ll need to have done is a bone grafting procedure. This is an outpatient procedure that will build the bone back up in your jaw.
Once that is done, you have two choices. First, you can just get dentures made again. Though, bear in mind, you will immediately begin losing your jawbone again.
A Better Option Than Dentures
Your second option is to get implant overdentures. You would have four to six dental implants placed in your jaw, then your dentures will be anchored to them. Not only will it prevent facial collapse, but you will also find your quality of life goes up significantly as well.
Even the best fitting dentures reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. Once you have dentures anchored, you’ll find you can once again eat anything you want!
Getting a Gorgeous Smile with Dentures
Whether you get removable dentures or implant-supported dentures, you’ll still want a smile you will feel proud to share with the world. To be certain of that, you’ll want to be certain you get an expert cosmetic dentist. They can create the smile of your dreams for you.
This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.