As it progresses gum disease can cause your gum line to gradually recede. In time bacterial deposits near the roots of your teeth can lead to a progressive loss of bone structure and the potential loss of multiple teeth. Even the teeth that remain might soon be lost or lead to other oral health complications.
In a severe case such as this a dentist like Dr. Diego Flores might recommend extracting your remaining teeth as a preparatory step toward fitting you for a complete denture. Sometimes referred to as false teeth, this removable dental appliance will replicate the basic appearance and function of your original teeth.
The base of the denture will be formed from a special pink material that closely mimics the appearance of gum tissues. It will closely match the curvature and contours of your existing oral structure to allow for a firm yet comfortable fit.
It could be helpful to choose soft food for the first few weeks after the extraction treatment. Over time your gums will adapt to their new relationship with the denture base. Many denture wearers also like to apply a small line of denture adhesive when they install the unit each morning. Not only will it provide superior hold it can also help to block out stray food particles.
If you live in the Spring, Texas, area and you have severely compromised teeth, you should call 281-528-1321 to set up a denture consultation at America's Family Dental.