Dentures & Periodontal Therapy
Replacing your missing or damaged teeth will benefit your appearance and your overall health. Custom designs are available for dentures, so they look more natural and feel more comfortable.
It sometimes takes time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but once you are accustomed to your dentures, you'll notice things returning to normal.
Complete dentures are artificial, removable replacements for the natural teeth of the upper or lower jaw or both.
- Upper dentures are held in place by a vacuum created between your appliance and the palate of your mouth.
- Lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to accommodate the tongue, and, due to lack of suction, are often held in place by implants placed in the jaw for support.
Partial dentures are removable dentures that replace missing teeth by attaching to a metal framework to your natural teeth.
Caring for Your Removable Dentures
Proper denture care is essential to the lifetime of your dentures and the overall health of your mouth.
- Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled tooth brush. Remember to brush your gums and tongue as well.
- Keep your dentures in denture solution and/or water (not hot) to prevent warping when they are not in your mouth.
- Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
- If your dentures become loose, or chip, break or crack, contact our office.
- Smoking or Tobacco Use
- Poor Nutrition
Periodontal disease comes in a variety of forms. Gingivitis is one of the mildest forms of gum disease. While the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort associated with this stage of the disease. A good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist can reverse the results of gingivitis.
Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis shows rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be observed by gum recession and formation of pockets.
Treatment and Prevention
In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be needed to treat periodontal disease when non-surgical treatment is ineffective. We may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat periodontal disease. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants are an option for permanent tooth replacement.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing is always recommended to reduce plaque buildup. Professional cleanings two to four times a year can keep your teeth healthy for life.