Receding Gums: I have been wearing dentures for more than 40 years.
I'm 75 now and my bottom gum line is receding at a fast pace. Can this be rectified? ... Visitor from TX
Bone recedes with the pressure of chewing with the dentures over the years.
You could probably have bone grafting to add bone with an oral surgeon, but a better idea may be to look at mini-dental implants.
Typically, the dentist will screw 4 small implants into the front of the lower jaw. A denture is constructed to snap into the balls on top of the screws and to hold the denture.
The implants, not the bone, now take the pressure from chewing and in doing so, stimulate the bone tissue, which can be preserved.
We do this in our office and patients are very happy with the fit and function, especially after having lower dentures that have been uncomfortable for years.
Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD
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