Why isn’t my denture fitting right anymore?
It has been decades now that I have been wearing dentures. Lately, it seems that my jawbone is almost gone so they don’t stay in. It drives me crazy and frankly is embarrassing! Do you know if I have any options. I don’t think I could handle not having any teeth in my mouth.
– Gerald in Louisiana
Based on what you have described, you are suffering from a condition called facial collapse. When you are missing all of your teeth your body senses that there are no longer tooth roots. So it resorbs the minerals from the bone to be used in other parts of the body. The unfortunate side effect of this process is that your face becomes sunken in and when the condition worsens you may not even be able to keep a denture in place. It is understandable how debilitating this may feel. Bone grafting is a possibility that can help to rebuild your jawbone.
After the bone grafting has been done, it is possible to get a new set of dentures. But keep in mind, the same cycle will occur where your jawbone will begin shrinking. Dental implants prevent facial collapse in the immediate area around them. These implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. They stimulate bone growth to avoid the resorption process. Dental implants also look and feel like your natural teeth used to. They improve chewing efficiency and then you don’t have to worry about facial collapse reoccurring.
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