I am getting dentures but my dentist keeps warning me about facial collapse. If I’m saving up for dental implants how long before I have the collapsing thing?
Facial collapse begins pretty much as soon as your teeth are removed. Your body does it in an effort to be as efficient as possible with its resources. It recognizes you no longer have any teeth when the roots are removed and resorbs the minerals in your jawbone which would normally hold the roots in place to use elsewhere in your body. The begins as soon as your teeth are removed. After about ten years or so, you won’t have enough jawbone left to even retain your dentures. That is what your dentist is referring to as facial collapse.
You can save up for dental implants. Even if it takes you several years it will be worth it. The longer you are with dentures the greater the chance you will have of needing some bone grafting done before you will be able to get dental implants.
Having enough bone is essential to a successful implant procedure. Without that, there will be no way to retain the implants, leading to dental implant failure.
In some cases, you can get as few as two dental implants to start with snap-on dentures. This will at least preserve the bone in that area while you save up to get more, which will save you some money on bone grafting.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville, AL Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.