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Dental Implants Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Implants to replace lower Dentures? I have a lower denture that used to sit on 2 anchor teeth.

One tooth cracked and needed to be removed by an oral surgeon. A week later the second anchor tooth broke off at the gum...its still embedded in the jaw. The denture is illfitting and loose and causes me pain when I chew.

Would I be a candidate now for implants of the lower jaw? Because I kept 4 bottom teeth that part of my jaw is still full in the front; however, I lost all back teeth when I was 30 yr old.

I'm 70 years old now and the back parts of my gum have receded, so I would need some bone replacement for the back teeth. I cannot eat or chew without pain. Is there hope for me? ...Visitor from WI

Answer:
There is always hope! Generally speaking when people retain teeth or roots or broken teeth the bone has remained.

So you likely have a quantity of bone that could be used for placing implants or mini-implants to stabilize a denture. Implants can be done to preserve the bone you have left and provide retention - less slipping for your new denture.

As we age, nutrition is an important aspect of our overall health. Pain and chewing problems from ill-fitting dentures and partials can impact our overall health and immune systems by not allowing us to fully chew our food and extract the nutrients needed for optimal health.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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