Advanced gum disease and severe tooth decay can compromise the roots of multiple teeth or lead to a loss of structure in the bone material that anchors your teeth. Beyond compromising your ability to chew food, the loss of multiple teeth can have a negative influence your speech and facial expressions. Being fitted for a custom pair of dentures is one of the best ways to restore the full function of your mouth.
Dentures, sometimes referred to as false teeth are essentially a removable sets of artificial teeth, anchored into a material that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. Some people only need dentures in their lower jaw, while others might need both upper and lower dentures.
Even if you have a few teeth remaining in your mouth that are not compromised, you dentist might still need to extract them to allow the dentures to have a firm fit.
Your periodontist or oral surgeon will need to take a series of X-rays in advance to get a clear understanding of your jaw structure. After any remaining teeth are extracted, they will close the incisions and create an impression of your mouth. This information is then sent to a dental lab that prepares your permanent dentures.
Some people like to use a denture adhesive to secure the piece in their mouth and also help block food particles from getting between the gums and dentures.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth or you thinking about being fitted dentures, please feel free to give us a call at 845.452.8410 to schedule an appointment.