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Dentures Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
Mouth is too small for dentures: I had a full mouth extraction about two months and have been waiting patiently to get my dentures.

I went a few days ago for one of my fittings and the dentist put the dentures in only to find out that I looked absolutely ridiculous because my mouth is "too small".

He said I have a large ridge and very thin top lip so no matter how they adjust the denture I may not be able to wear them. I am only 25 years old and can not walk around with out teeth.

My insurance will only cover dentures so I am not really sure what my other options are, please help! ... Visitor from OH

Answer:
As a young person having had all of your teeth extracted, I'm sure you just have too much bone left after the teeth came out.

As much as we hate to remove bone as at some point you may want implants and would need that bone, the dentist must create some space for the denture base.

By thinning the ridge with a procedure called alveoloplasty, enough bone is removed so that when healing is complete there is some room for the denture base and the teeth on that base.

This may need to be performed by a more experienced dentist, prosthodontist or oral surgeon if your dentist is unable to provide the procedure confidently.

A video that demonstrates "bone leveling" that plays a key role for assuring a best fit treatment outcome can be seen here.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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