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Old 02-28-2015, 07:15 AM
 
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I have no teeth. Can I still get dentures?
When a child loses their teeth, even their permanent ones, it doesn't usually result in a permanent loss of the teeth. Implants, or even partials can be placed in a younger mouth, and replaced as needed, as the child grows. Then when they are an adult and their jaw bones, soft tissues, and any remaining attached teeth can be reassessed and a new, more permanent solution may be found. Permanent doesn't necessarily mean permanent either. Prosthetic devices used in the mouth, can wear out over time, and will need to be replaced periodically.

In adults, there is an additional factor to consider when it comes to prosthetic devices, or more permanent implants. As we age, particularly past the age of 40, the roots of the teeth are often wrapped around, and anchored to the jaw bone. Even if teeth are broken and generally dead, if the roots are still intact, and holding onto the bone, it allows the jawbone to be supported, and to stay put where it has been for the persons life, up to that point. With the teeth gone, the roots will soon follow, and when the roots are gone, whether from rot, or from being extracted along with the teeth (which is the end result of an extraction that most dentists are going for), there is only a limited amount of time to place dentures, or any other appliances in the mouth.

Without the support of the roots, and teeth, the minerals and other components that make up the bone, will begin to break down. The maxillary (upper) jaw, goes back, and up into the sinus area, and the mandible (lower) jaw becomes shorter, and the top surface which used to anchor the teeth, flattens out, and loses it's shape. This makes it a difficult area for dentures or even implants to be anchored to.

Another unfortunate effect is as the bone recedes, it becomes unable to support the soft tissue of the face, so the skin of the lower facial area will sag, and sink further back. That's why someone who doesn't have either dentures, or another supportive appliance in place, the lower part of their face looks sucked in, and like it has moved backwards from where it used to be.

You should keep in mind that this loss of bone begins almost immediately, and it is not unheard of for there to have been too much bone loss, to properly fit dentures, in as little as 6 months from the last extraction. This is why temporary dentures are basically shoved into the mouth, right after the last tooth is gone. They provide the jaw something to anchor themselves to, which hopefully prevents the very damaging bone loss, I spoke of earlier. It is also very important that the temporary dentures be worn as often, and for as long as possible, while the mouth heals. This gets the gums and jaws ready for the new, better fitting, and better looking set of teeth.

Dentistry, and prosthodontics has come a very long way since Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington's time however, so my suggestion is for you to find a reputable dentist, or oral surgeon, who specializes in prosthodontics, and get in to see them as soon as you can. They would be able to tell you what your best options may be, and you might end up with a wonderful smile, for your diligence.

Don't let go of hope, and the best of luck to you. Keep smiling!
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:41 AM
 
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In adults, there is an additional factor to consider when it comes to prosthetic devices, or more permanent implants. As we age, particularly past the age of 40, the roots of the teeth are often wrapped around, and anchored to the jaw bone. Even if teeth are broken and generally dead, if the roots are still intact, and holding onto the bone, it allows the jawbone to be supported, and to stay put where it has been for the persons life, up to that point. With the teeth gone, the roots will soon follow, and when the roots are gone, whether from rot, or from being extracted along with the teeth (which is the end result of an extraction that most dentists are going for), there is only a limited amount of time to place dentures, or any other appliances in the mouth....

What does this mean?
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:02 PM
 
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I have no teeth. Can I still get dentures?
Sorry, but no you can't, Dentures are for people that have a full set of teeth.

Hey the answer FITS the question, posted in an ANCIENT thread.
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:04 AM
 
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My adult son had all of his teeth extracted 5 days ago can he get temporary dentures or will he now have to wait months for permanent ones?
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Old 11-25-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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Did you ask your dentist?
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