I’ve had complete removable dentures for many, many years. Because I’ve lost most (if not all) of my jawbone, they just don’t fit anymore. I can’t keep them in, but I can’t live without any type of teeth at all. Is there any solution?
Vinny S.- New Jersey
You are experiencing what is known as facial collapse. When your teeth are removed, the roots are no longer implanted in your jawbone. This signals to your body that your jawbone is no longer necessary and it starts reabsorbing the minerals to use elsewhere throughout your body. Our bodies are very efficient systems. Unfortunately, this sinks your face in and make dentures impossible to wear. All is not lost, though. You can get a procedure done called bone grafting, which will help build back bone in your jawbone.
Once that happens you can get new dentures, but that will start a cycle of bone loss all over again. My recommendation is for you to get dental implants. These insert a root form into your jawbone, and a crown is placed on top to function as your tooth. They are the closest thing to having your own natural teeth in your mouth. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about facial collapse again.
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