Periodontal disease and tooth decay can compromise multiple teeth in your mouth. You are even more likely to suffer significant tooth loss if you are reticent to attend your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning at Daniel Richards, DMD.
For a mouth with a significant number of missing or compromised teeth, Dr. Daniel Richards might recommend dentures. This is even more likely to be the case if chronic periodontal disease has caused a significant loss of bone structure in your mouth.
In a situation like this, Dr. Daniel Richards recommends having the existing teeth extracted in preparation for fitting you for a custom set of dentures. This can effectively replace the full function and appearance of your teeth and restore your quality of life.
Some people only need to have one set of teeth extracted. However, if your dentist finds signs of compromised roots or severe tooth decay, he might advocate having both sets extracted and fitted for dentures in a single appointment.
After any remaining teeth have been extracted and your gums have been sutured, your dentist will cast a detailed impression of the structure of your gums. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for making your custom dentures.
When they’re completed, your dentures will be custom fit to the unique shape of your mouth. Yet many denture wearers like to use denture adhesive for an extra-secure hold. Denture adhesive also has the added benefit of helping prevent stray food matter from getting between the base of the dentures and your gums.
If you live in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, area and you’re thinking about dentures, you should call (205) 823-6300 to schedule an appointment at Daniel Richards, DMD.