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!
Yes and no. They actually contribute to bone loss over time. But they spread the load so they may reduce the rate at which the bone is resorbed. Implants to support and retain them helps. Fixed teeth on implants is the best.
Nope. Without teeth, the jaw bone will gradually resorb away over time. It take a long time, but if you are in a denture for 20 years, then in your early 60's you might be in trouble.
Yes. While dentures cannot prevent the loss of bone, i think that dentures slow the process down.
Kind of... When a tooth is extracted, the bone that was once around the roots (called alveolar bone) is resorbed by the body. A good fitting denture will help maintain cortical bone- the type of bone that make up your jaws. If you dentures fit well, you can avoid that 'caved in' look people get after getting teeth extracted.

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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?

It depends... Either option may be very good. In this forum i cannot say which is best. However, i would go to the dentist you trust, inform him/her of your desires, consider the dentist's recommendations, and make an informed decision. Read more...
Avoid dentures. You should try and hold on to as many teeth as possible as long as they hjave good long term prognosis especially at your age . A partial denture may be the proper treatment. Read more...
Keep the teeth. Bone loss is not a problem. Stop the progression of bone loss and maintain a good occlusion will be the best treatment for you. Chewing efficiency on denture is poor compared to teeth. Denture should never happened to anyone with continuing care from a conscientious dentist. Read more...
Consult a dentist. Discuss your options with a dentist you trust. It is generally better to save teeth and you bone. Once you have dentures you will loose your bone a long as you wear dentures. It you can't save your teeth then consider a hybrid denture, one supported by implants as a long term option. Talk to your dentist about all options and find what works best. Read more...
At age 34.... You need to obtain excellent dental care & must make a financial & time commitment to maintaining your teeth much better than you have in the past. Wearing dentures is not fun or easy and is a failing of modern dentistry. You must be aware, that to get dentures now, they will not be the last set you have & each subsequent set will usually be harder to wear due to bone resorption. Read more...
Not if you can avoid. Dentures @ your age present a poor long term prognosis. With time the underlying bone will atrophy and leave you with very little to stabilize these false teeth. Make the commitment in $ and oral health: look to implants and fixed prostheses. Good luck. Read more...
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. Read more...
Depends. Get an evaluation from a periodontist n prosthodontist. If your bone loss is moderate to early advanced it may be time to invest into some implants before the bone loss gets even worse. Otherwise it's best to save what mother nature gave you. Being forced into wearing remove able prosthesis can be daunting. Your quality of life will certainly be affected. Good luck. Read more...