Missing bone after extractions?

Missing bone after extractions?

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Hudson, OH

#1 Aug 21, 2012
Three weeks ago I had 24 extractions and an immediate dentures. Of course, for the initial period, I didn't remove my immediates as per instructions. After about 5 days, after teh blood and a good deal of swelling was gone, I examined my gums and I noticed that it looked like bone was missing in front of my mandible, as if the doctor pulled those teeth forward. Unlike the rest of my mouth where there is the appearance of bone in front and in back of where all teeth were as if there were full sockets, the area anterior or external to teeth number 21 through 25 was missing.

I have a picture of this but I don't know if you can post them here.

When I went in to talk to them last week about relines (which did not get done because she said my dentures were not loose enough yet), she said that this bone will "fill in". I did not argue with her but I find this hard to believe as I have read that bone around the old sockets atrophy, not grow.

I am scheduled for implants in 5 months and my cynical suspicion is that the doctor will suddenly say "you don't have enough bone there, and we need to do grafts" at which point a dispute will ensue and they will deny my claim that the bone was gone from the very beginning.

I need advice. What should I do? Will this bone "fill in"?
Did I adequately describe the issue?

Thanks in advance!

Hudson, OH

#2 Sep 11, 2012
It has been 3 weeks since my last post, and I can see some degree of bone resorption in areas were sockets were intact, but I am not seeing any "filling in" of the alveolar bone in the previously mentioned areas.

Does anyone have any familiarity with this?

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