Can You Wear Dentures With No Jaw Bone?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
 hand holding a glass with a full set of dentures in itThe shortest answer is that you can wear dentures even if you have no jawbone. Dentures are removable false teeth that fit snugly over your gums. They are the most popular solution to extensive tooth loss, especially among older individuals.

Wearing Dentures With No Jawbone

Although you can wear dentures even if you have no jawbone, traditional dentures might become problematic if you have significant bone loss. Traditional dentures need a strong jawbone to make them stable, and having no jawbone means that they are more likely to slip out of place when you are going about your daily routine. Naturally, dentures must rest on your gum tissue and the jawbone. Losing much of your jawbone means that traditional dentures must rest on your gum tissues, which might not be strong enough.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Modern technology has changed dentistry and made it possible to have your dentures stay in place permanently. Implant-supported dentures are the best option for patients with no jawbone. These are dentures supported by dental implants, a procedure that makes dentures a permanent tooth replacement solution. However, the procedure of getting the implants in place must start with improving your jawbone mass before the implants are put in place using a bone grafting procedure.

Bone Grafting

Dental bone grafts are used to restore bone volume and density in specific areas of your jaw where bone loss has happened. This ensures the procedure is targeted and effective. Some of the material needed for grafting can be taken from your own body. Your dentist will transplant healthy bone tissue from either your legs or any other larger bone, with the process lasting for about 45 to 90 minutes. The grafted bone mass will integrate with existing bone tissue to improve the jawbone structure and shape. When your jawbone is strong enough, your dentist will proceed with the surgical operation to get the implants in place to act as the support base for your dentures.

Implant-supported dentures are now more popular than traditional dentures. They are an even better alternative for people who have suffered significant bone loss in their jaw bone.

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