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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Can your gums be reconstructed?

07/17/2009

Question:

Due to ill fitting dentures and no dental treatment over the years, I have great bone lost in my mouth. I got dentures in 1976 and the first time I replaced them was in the 90`s. Now my dentures just sit on the roof of mouth with adhesive powder. I need to know if my gums can be reconstructed, so I can get new dentures or have implants?

Answer:

Actually, the question should be "can my bone be reconstructed".  The answer to that is yes, though it is a rather expensive and complex series of surgeries. The bone can be built up (grafted) so that you can have implants. However, it not so successful to build up the bone for only a denture, as the pressure of the denture resorbs the bone quickly.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University