Early on gum disease starts out as the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Without timely professional treatment the gumline can start to recede and bacterial deposits can build up near the roots of your teeth. This condition, which is known as periodontitis, can eventually lead to a degradation of healthy bone structure and the loss of multiple teeth.
Many patients suffering from long-term periodontitis lack the sufficient bone structure to support dental implant restorations. In a cases such as this, a doctor like Dr. Laurin Cardwell might recommend extracting whatever remains of the existing teeth as the first step in the process of providing you with a complete denture.
After completing the necessary extractions your periodontal tissues will be sutured you will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medications. If there is any infection concerns our doctor might also include a prescription course of antibiotics.
The shape of the complete denture’s base will closely match the natural contours of your remaining gum structure. However, you might still want to apply a small amount of denture adhesive when you install the oral appliance each morning. Just a small bead applied to the base can help to lock your denture in place while also blocking out stray food particles.
If you live in the Sylva, North Carolina, area and you have been struggling with complications related to severe gum disease, you should call 828-631-3567 to set up a consultation at Cardwell Family Dentistry.