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I know bone grafts/augmentations are necessary for many cases of dental implants being applied, but is it the same case for dentures too?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not Necessarily: Each patient is slightly different. Obviously bone grafting can help preserve the ridge... a good ridge will help support a denture.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
No: In fact, it is not very successful to try augmentation/grafts if dentures are to be worn. The dentures will simple cause resorption of the new bone/graft as it does with the existing bone -- but usually at a more accelerated pace. We tried much of this in the 80's with little success. At your age implants are the best long -term solution. See a Prosthodontist - expert in implants/dentures. G.Luck
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Bone grafts: There are procedures to try to build up bone before the placement of dentures. However, they are seldom done and prognosis is questionable. That is why it is so important to try to preserve bone and teeth and not require dentures in the first place. The best way to get a good fitting and functioning denture is to be in the hands of a very competent restorative dentist.

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