I am a smidge over 60 years old and have trouble keeping my dentures in, this is true even when I put in the adhesive. They still slip right out of my mouth. Is there anything I can do to keep them in at this point?
Dear Matilda Lynn,
I am so sorry you are going through this. You are in a tough spot. However, the good news is that there is a solution for you. I don’t know if the dentist who originally provided the dentures for you had warned you about bone resorption. When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes that and begins resorbing the minerals in your body to use elsewhere. This slowly shrinks your jawbone. Eventually, you lose so much of the bone that you can no longer retain the dentures in your mouth. This is known as facial collapse and why your dentures will not stay in, even with adhesives.
The Solution to Facial Collapse
The first thing you’ll need to do is have bone grafting done. This will build up the missing bone in your jawbone. After this is healed, you have two options.
Your first option is to have new dentures made. Now, you’re only in your 60s, so you should be aware that the cycle of resorption will start over again. Eventually, you’ll be right back to the situation you are in now.
A second option is to get implant overdentures (pictured above). This uses between 4 – 8 dental implants per arch and then anchors a pair of dentures to them.
Benefits of Implant Overdentures
- Because the implants are prosthetic tooth roots, your body interprets that as you still having teeth and you will no longer have to worry about losing your bone.
- Your dentures will be completely secure. No more slipping and sliding.
- You will find your quality of life increases, including your chewing capacity. Even the best-fitting dentures will lower your chewing capacity by 50%. With dental implants, you’ll be able to eat anything you want, including steak.
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