I am only 60 years old and my dentures are falling out. I have had them for over 30 years now and it seems like there is not ridge left. Is there anything that can be done. I don’t want to live on liquid the rest of my life!
This is sad to hear. What your dentist may not have informed you about decades ago was the denture problems that can occur when you are missing all your teeth. What happens is that the body resorbs the minerals to be used in other parts of the body. This causes the bone to shrink in your jaw. So that is why you no longer have a bony ridge left to support your denture. The condition is known as facial collapse. And from what you have described it sounds like you are at risk in becoming a dental cripple. Your quality of life will continue to suffer as this continues to progress.
But there is something that can be done. Bone grafting is a procedure that builds the bone back up. You want to be very selective in the dentist and oral surgeon you choose. Some implant dentists perform bone grafting surgery as well. Depending on the condition of your teeth, there may be some oral surgeons that will steer clear of your case.
There are some other options that may work for improving your current condition. This, of course, all depends on your budget and what your desired outcome is. First, you can get a new removable denture placed after the bone has been surgically replenished. But facial collapse will still be a concern. As time goes by, you will again experience bone loss.
Dental implants prevent facial collapse. The implants are surgically implanted into your jaw so your body recognizes it needs the bone to support the implant. As little as two implants can help. This is called an overdenture, or snap-on denture. The more dental implants you get, the better off you will be in the long run. Six to eight implants to secure your denture will make it feel like you have your old teeth back.
Thank you for being willing to share your story. You probably had no idea you would be in this situation 30 years ago. Hopefully, your story will help others when faced with the difficult decision of the best treatment option for missing teeth.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.