Advanced gum disease, tooth fractures or advanced tooth decay can severely compromise your mouth. This might prompt your dentist to recommend you have the teeth extracted in preparation for a set of dentures.
Some people might only need their upper teeth or lower teeth replaced, while others might need both sets completely replaced by dentures. Even if you have a few healthy teeth left in your mouth, the dentist might still recommend having them extracted to allow the dentures to fit your mouth firmly.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are basically a removable set of artificial teeth. They are set into a material that mimics the appearance of natural gum tissue.
They may want to take some X-rays beforehand to get a clear understanding of your underlying jaw structure. If you have enough healthy bone structure in your jaw, you could be a candidate for denture implant anchors.
They will then create an impression of your mouth, that is sent to a dental lab where your new permanent dentures are made.
Many people with dentures like to use denture adhesive to secure them in place. It can also help to block food particles from getting between the gums and dentures.
If you have several compromised teeth or if you are thinking about being fitted for dentures, please feel free to give us a call at 916.773.6222 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping restore the full function and appearance of your teeth.