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Can you still get dentures if you have little to no solid bone left?

Can you still get dentures if you have little to no solid bone left?

Dentures: This would need to be evaluated by you dentist. There are treatment options available today for patients with severely resorbed ridges. Dental x- rays need to be taken to see just what you have.

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Can you still get dentures if you have little to no jaw bone left (osteoporosis)?

Possible: Certainly possible in the upper jaw. But the lower dentures may not fit well if there is "no" jaw bone left. May want to consider dental implants. Talk to your dentist.

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Can you have so little bone left that prevents you from wearing dentures?

Can you have so little bone left that prevents you from wearing dentures?

Yes: Cases with severe bone loss are usually referred to a prosthodontist. They may require implants or bone graft surgery before the dentures are fabricted, in order to achieve an acceptible result.

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Could you have so little bone left that you can't even wear dentures anymore?

Could you have so little bone left that you can't even wear dentures anymore?

Yes: The more bone loss one has the harder it is to wear a denture. That is why keeping your teeth healthy is so important. If teeth are lost placing implants will keep the bone level from receeding. There is a point when dentures cannot be worn. So keep healthy.

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Help! Is it possible to have so little mandible bone left that you can't even wear dentures anymore?

Help! Is it possible to have so little mandible bone left that you can't even wear dentures anymore?

Yes: Once the teeth are extracted, the remaining bone will atrophy over time. Ill fitting dentures will accelerate the process. There may come a point where the remaining ridge is so flat that lower dentures don't really have a place to rest comfortably. If enough bone remains underneath, dental implants may be the answer.

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I can not get implants or wear dentures because of bone loss, any ideas?

I can not get implants or wear dentures because of bone loss, any ideas?

Periodontist: This is an area that is sometimes treated by a periodontist or an oral surgeon in conjunction with a restorative dentist, or prosthodontist. Ridge augmentation, implants, and crown and bridge dentistry requires a team approach.

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Should I get dentures or get my mouth fixed if I have bone loss in my jaw and am losing teeth?

Should I get dentures or get my mouth fixed if I have bone loss in my jaw and am losing teeth?

Fixed, please: There's noting like your own natural dentition. Do whatever you can, within reason, to save your teeth. Sounds like you need a good general dentist or prosthodontist to quarterback your treatment, and the services of a periodontist to deal with your bone/gum issues. It's worth the fight to save them. Don't give up.

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If my tooth decayed very deeply to the core, would I need a bone graft in order to get a partial denture applied on top?

No: First the tooth must be extracted. Unless an unusually large amount of bone must be removed from the alveolar ridge in order to remove the tooth, your dentist can place a partial denture either immediately or after a healing period. Of course your remaining teeth would have to be healthy and capable of retaining the new partial. Consult with your dentist.

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I had a tooth pulled out 2 years ago and have been wearing a partial denture. I can now afford a dental implant, but would there still be bone?

I had a tooth pulled out 2 years ago and have been wearing a partial denture. I can now afford a dental implant, but would there still be bone?

Possibly: Sometimes the remaining bone is fine for an implant. Many times the bone has regressed and a bone graft would be required. See an oral surgeon who can with examination and x-rays determine if you need a bone graft before dental implants.

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I can no longer wear dentures because of bone loss. Are there any solutions to my problem?

I can no longer wear dentures because of bone loss. Are there any solutions to my problem?

See a specialist: See a prosthodontist and their team oral surgeon. Newer techniques are available. Go to www. Dentalimplants-usa. Com for more info. There is hope -- especially at your young age.

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Could facial sagging due to bone atrophy related to toothlessness be reversed by wearing dentures?

Could facial sagging due to bone atrophy related to toothlessness be reversed by wearing dentures?

Somewhat: Wearing dentures will fill in some of the lost bony structure and return the vertical dimension, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. It's not quite plastic surgery, but it certainly helps.

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Need a full denture for my bottom teeth but can't afford a lot and the bone is gone. What can I do?

Sorry to hear that: Wearing a lower prosthesis is the most difficult thing to do. You must mentally be ready and physically work at adapting to wearing a lower denture. It won't be easy but can be done with hard work and practice. Think positively and good luck to you.

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Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

Unlikely: As long as you have missing teeth, the bone will "melt away" wherever there is tooth loss. Furthermore, partial dentures break your existing teeth as they are held in by metal clasps that hook around your teeth. It is just a matter of time before the teeth break. Consider dental implants.

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Is it sometimes necessary to shave tori bone in roof of mouth to help dentures fit better?

Depends: If it is small, no worries. If it is extremely large or painful then surgical intervention could happen. In my 25 years of dentistry I have always worked around maxillary midline tori without surgery and have had no issues.

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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?

Not Necessarily: Each patient is slightly different. Obviously bone grafting can help preserve the ridge... a good ridge will help support a denture.

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Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

No: My collegue is correct. Alveolar bone is that part of the jawbone that surrounds and supports the teeth. When a tooth is lost, there is no need for alveolar bone and over time, it resorbs. In addition, the pressure of dentures causes even more bone loss! so it's a double whammy!

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Tooth #13 pulled & would now need bone build up for later implant. How long til I can wear a temporary tooth. Is this even possible? Flexy denture?

Up to surgeon: You do not want to disturb the surgical site. Three to six weeks may be needed for adequate healing. The more time the better.

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