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I have teeth extracted. Both healed and one side looks thicker than other. The one that looks thin is the one that was surgically extracted due to tooth being chipped on it's side, now I don't know if dentures would fit on that thin gum/bone area. Will dentures fit?

Dear Betty,

Although I have not examined you,I can give you some information that may be helpful.  I am assuming we are discussing a full denture. Most people after they have had their teeth extracted are suitable candidates for full dentures. The ridge that supports a full denture can be uneven due to bone loss during some of the extractions, but usually this doesn't pose a large problem with the  fitting of a denture. If your dentist feels that your ridge needs "smoothing" he can recommend some minor re-contouring of the alveolar ridge by an Oral Surgeon, but often this is not required.


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Lawrence Spindel DDS,


Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care


Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

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1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

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OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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