If multiple teeth in your mouth have been lost or compromised by significant tooth decay, extractions or advanced periodontal disease, it can have serious ramifications. While it certainly will impair your ability to chew food, it can also affect your speech and overall quality of life.
In a case like this Dr. Benjamin Johnson might recommend you have some of your existing teeth extracted in preparation for installing a set of dentures. Sometimes you might only need to have upper teeth or lower teeth replaced with dentures, or you might need both.
Dentures, are basically a removable set of artificial teeth, mounted into a material that mimics the appearance of your natural gum tissue. The gum portion of the dentures is custom molded to match the unique shape of your mouth.
The process starts by Dr. Benjamin Johnson examining your mouth and taking a few x-rays to get a clear understanding of your jaw structure. If you have enough healthy bone structure in your jaw, he might discuss the possibility of fitting you with denture implants. This creates anchor points that could lock your dentures in place, rather than using denture adhesive.
Then Dr. Benjamin Johnson will 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 multiple compromised teeth and you have questions about dentures, please feel free to call Dr. Benjamin Johnson at 254 227-5082 to set up an appointment.