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Dentures Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
No gum left: I have had dentures since I was in my 20's... I am now 75 years old and in excellent health.

For some reason my bottom gum has receded quite a bit and I have a problem chewing at times. Can something be done about this problem?

I doubt that I would be able to get a new set of dentures especially on the bottom. I believe it would be impossible to get a impression. Please advise. ...Visitor from TX

Answer:
You may be a candidate for a denture retained by mini-dental implants.

These are usually 4 small implants that are placed in the front part of the lower jaw with balls on top that snap into o-rings in the denture.

You would need to have a new denture (and usually both upper and lower) to have this procedure done.

An impression can be taken on nearly every mouth, no matter how little bone you have left. This procedure is a real help for people who have little bone to stabilize the lower denture.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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