Is Gum Disease a Thing of the Past When Dentures Are Placed?
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
If you suffer from gum disease, then you already know how difficult it can be to treat. You may have had a lot of problems with gum disease.
You may have lost gum tissue to the disease, and you may have lost teeth as well. If you recently had dentures placed, you might think your battle with gum disease is over. However, let us be the first to tell you, just because you have dentures now, doesn't mean you stop fighting gum disease.
[[H2:What Is Gum Disease?]]] When people lose teeth and gum tissue, it is usually gum disease that is the culprit. There are over 30 million Americans who have lost all of their teeth. Many of those people lost their teeth because of a bacterial infection called gum disease. Gum disease is a slow-moving disease, which makes it hard to spot at the beginning. If we catch it early, we can treat it and heal your gums. However, in its later stages, gum disease can cause all sorts of issues with your mouth. You can get repeated infections and lose teeth as well as gum tissue.
Dentures Fix the Problem, Right?
The short answer to this question is no. While placing dentures allows you to eat and speak properly, it does not mean your fight against gum disease is over. If you have either stage two or stage three of gum disease, called periodontitis, we cannot cure it. We can only treat the disease through regular gum cleanings. These gum cleanings usually happen four times a year- which is necessary to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
If you don't get your gum disease treated, you may lose bone tissue from your jawbone. Over time, your jawbones become weaker, and that will change the entire shape of your mouth, which changes the shape of your face. It could prematurely age your face as well. No one wants that. If you want tips on how to keep your gums healthy, contact us today, and let us give you some pointers.