I have been in dentures for close to sixteen years. Lately, they just won’t stay in. Have they just been overstretched over the years? Is there a way to get them back to their original shape or do I have to replace them?
Your dentures have not stretched. Instead, your jawbone has shrunk. The amount of time that you have been wearing your dentures is about the amount of time necessary for facial collapse to set in. When your teeth were removed, your body immediately began resorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. It does this because it realizes you don’t have teeth any more and it is trying to be as efficient with your body’s resources as possible.
The only way to fix this is a two-step procedure. First, you will need to have some bone grafting done. This is a procedure that builds back up the bone structure in your jawbone. Once that is done, You will have a choice. Option one is to just get new dentures made. While your cheapest option, bear in mind that you will start the same cycle of bone resorption again and will be back in the same position you are today in around the same amount of time.
A better option, if you can afford it, is to have six to eight dental implants placed and then anchor a new denture to them. This is known as implant supported dentures. Not only will this protect you from facial collapse, but you will find your quality of life goes up dramatically as well.
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