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Dentures Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Dentures - Face caving in: I have top / bottom dentures since 1997.

I have had my dentures realigned numerous times. In 2003-04 I got new dentures.

My problem that my jawline is receding back with the top being alot worse than the bottom which in turn is making my face literally cave in right in the middle of my face. Need help! .... Visitor from AZ

Answer:
The loss of bone can be severe with loss of teeth. Dentures rubbing on the bone accelerates the loss.

It has been estimated that you can lose 60% of the bone around the extraction site in the first year with up to 20-% more per year for the next 3-5 years. So with new dentures the dentist needs to build the dentures to support your lips and face - not where the bone has receded to.

The best solution is to add implants as you can afford them, for the next several years to hold on to your remaining bone!

Then implant overdentures or a hybrid denture - a denture that is screwed into multiple implants - can be made to support your lips and face where they belong.

Ask your dentist to try and build your dentures in the "neutral zone" the area that your original teeth occupied or find a dentist that is familiar with putting the denture teeth where they need to be so the dentures or implant dentures don't dissappear back into your face. I wish you luck.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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