I’ve had dentures for 30 years. They’ve served me
Dear Mary Ellen,
There is a reason your dentures have been slipping and falling out. When your teeth were first removed thirty years ago, your brain recognized that you no longer had roots of your teeth in your jawbone.
In response to that it tries to be efficient and use the minerals in your jawbone elsewhere in an area it perceives it will be more useful. The unfortunate result for you is your jawbone has been slowly shrinking for 30 years. In dental terms, this is known as facial collapse.
No wonder your dentures have been slipping. Fortunately, this is the perfect time for you to switch your tooth replacement option.
Getting Dental Implants After Facial Collapse
The first thing that will need to happen is to build back up your bone. This can be done with a simple bone grafting procedure. It is outpatient procedure, but not every dentist is familiar with it or has the training so you may need to call around.
Once the bone is built back up, then you are free to get dental implants. You will find your quality of life will go up immensely. It’s like having healthy, natural teeth again.
It’s important you go to a dentist experienced in placing dental implants. Don’t try to replace each tooth with a single dental implant. That will be much too expensive. Instead, get implant overdentures. These use four to six dental implants and anchors your dentures to them. They’re completely secure.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.