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Upper dental implants: My mother has had upper dentures since she was 19. She is now 63 and about 2 years ago the middle of her upper gum started bothering her--no pain just bothersome.

She got 5 implants but had to take the middle one out due to lack of bone and it was hurting. Her problem got worse and the doctor took the abutments out hoping it would help but it didn't.

Over the past 2 years my mom has seen 6 doctors and been hospitalized twice in mental health facilities over this. We are desperate and need answers. She is feeling like her life is over.

What will help her? What will make the agony she has in the middle of her upper gum go away. Can they deaden the nerves, add bone, trim gums..? ... Visitor from Myrtle

Most patients with bone loss issues similar to your mother are considered for a variety of bone grafting treatments. The difficulty is finding the "right dentist" who is experienced with ALL or most of them.

Chin block grafts, ridge splitting grafts, ramus grafts, hip bone grafts (bone tissue that is harvested from the patient is superior to graft material that is purchased, e.g., bovine grafts).

Find a Prosthodontist with 15+ years experience. If you have a state dental school within commuting distance, try to get a consult there.

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