Left untreated mild forms of gum disease like gingivitis can gradually worsen into a severe problem. In some of these cases, it could lead to the severe periodontal infection of periodontitis. This can gradually cause bacterial deposits to build up near the roots of your teeth.
Over time untreated periodontitis could lead to a loss of healthy bone structure near the roots of your teeth, as well as the loss of multiple teeth. Even the teeth that remain could suffer from significantly weakened roots.
In this situation, a dentist like Dr. Frederick M. Saigh might recommend extracting the remaining compromised teeth as the first step in the process of providing you with a complete denture.
This removable dental appliance will be constructed in a dental lab to closely mimic the shape and appearance of your original teeth. The medium that serves as the base will closely match the shape and contours of your remaining oral structure. This provides the unit with a tight yet comfortable fit.
Many people with a complete denture also use a little denture adhesive when installing the unit each morning. This can help lock the oral appliance in place while also reducing the chances of food particles infiltrating the base and irritating your gums.
Dr. Saigh will explain any basic care and cleaning requirements to help maintain your denture.
If you live in the Iron River, Michigan, area and you have been suffering from severe periodontal disease, you should call 906-265-0050 to set up a denture consultation at Saigh Family Dental.