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No Bones About It: Getting Dentures after Prolonged Tooth Loss

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — magnoliashores @ 7:34 pm
An older man smiling with his dentures

Have you been wondering if you can get dentures after waiting for months or years? It’s a common concern for patients who may not have been ready for dentures before but want them now. Many patients worry that the natural process of jawbone shrinkage has left them without the option of prosthetic treatment.

If you find yourself in this position, continue reading. There may yet be hope for you if you’re ready to get your own set of dentures.

How Does the Jaw Shrink After Tooth Loss?

After teeth are removed, the jawbone gradually undergoes a natural process of “resorption.” This causes a decrease in bone density and, in turn, causes the jaw itself to shrink. As the years progress, this process continues until the lower jaw becomes too narrow to allow the use of dental prosthetics.

Will Jawbone Loss Stop Me from Getting Dentures?

The loss of jawbone density doesn’t always mean you won’t be able to use dentures. If you visit your dentist for a consultation, they will review your X-rays to determine whether conventional dentures are still an option. The great thing about dental prosthetics is that they can be customized to fit a variety of mouth shapes.

What Happens if My Jaw Becomes Too Thin for Dentures?

All is not lost, even if your jaw is too small to effectively support dentures. Sometimes your dentist can offer you a few options:

  • Bone Grafting: In some cases where jawbone loss is significant, bone grafting may be recommended. This procedure involves adding bone material from somewhere else in your body to the affected area. This can often create a more stable foundation for dentures to sit on.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Another way to realize your dream of dentures comes from dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone and offer a long-term solution by anchoring dentures. This not only provides stability but also helps prevent further jawbone loss.

Even if you’ve been toothless for a while, you have options for replacement. If you’ve been hesitant about asking for dentures due to jawbone changes, consult with your dentist. They can guide you through personalized options tailored to your unique situation. Remember, a confident and functional smile is a collaborative effort.

About the Author

Dr. Tristan J. Parry is a friendly and professional dentist who enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them smile with confidence again. He pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Ohio State University and then continued to expand his skills through continuing education opportunities. Currently, he has attained Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor that less than 7% of general dentists in the United States ever accomplish. Call (336) 728-6153 to schedule a denture consultation at Magnolia Shores Family Dental, or visit the website to explore other services.

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