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Dentures Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Receding gums: My mother is currently going through the process of getting dentures.

All teeth have now been pulled and forms have been made. Now she is being told that there is going to be a problem getting the dentures to fit and look properly due to her gums receding (she's 77).

The dentist told her that he can make the dentures but she would actually have to smile in order for her teeth to be seen. If she doesn't smile then it will look like she has no teeth.

She's not in a financial position to pay for implants. Any suggestions as to what can be done? ...Visitor from AZ

I would see a second dentist and be sure that it is somebody who likes doing dentures (most dentists don't). Look for somebody who advertises his dentures.

I would not do a denture where I didn't make the denture and insert it on the day the teeth come out. Doing this allows me to recreate the location of the natural teeth.

If your mother's natural teeth did not show when she smiled before, it may be diffficult to make this happen now, but it's worth a second opinion.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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