Connection Between Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
The most prevalent cause of tooth loss, without a doubt, is gum disease. It starts with hardly any symptoms, but without treatment, it will soon lead to swollen, bleeding, and tender gums. If left to progress, the gums will recede, and the jaw bone will atrophy to a point where the teeth can loosen, shift, and fall out.
Gum disease is entirely preventable, but if you neglect certain hygiene practices or decide to skip the dentist, dentures may well be in your future. It’s vital to maintain your oral health by brushing twice daily, flossing at night, seeing the dentist regularly, and making an appointment whenever you experience dental pain, redness, and swelling of your gums, or you see blood in the sink after brushing.
When Are Dentures Necessary?
When you were younger, you probably never thought you would need dentures. And, if you practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, you can reduce or prevent many of the conditions that would cause tooth loss.
However, dentures are more common than you might think, and if you’ve been told that you need a partial or full set, you are not alone.
Dentures don’t have to be inevitable, but if recommended for you, Dr. Kohani can create comfortable and attractive dentures that meet your unique needs.
A partial denture is used if multiple teeth are missing in the same area. If all the teeth are missing or require extraction, a full denture is necessary.
Our San Diego dental practice offers a range of options, including traditional dentures, partials, and implant-supported options.
Traditional (Removable) Dentures & Partials
At your initial consultation, we will review your medical history and take x-rays to get a detailed view of your jaw bone.
Unhealthy teeth are removed, and a precise impression of your gums (and any remaining teeth) is obtained. You will be instructed to take extra care of your remaining teeth and gums to avoid any changes to your gum line and dentition.
The impression is sent to our trusted lab, where the complete or partial denture is fabricated.
Your new dentures should arrive at our office within two weeks, where Dr. Kohani will place them and check their fit. Any necessary adjustments are generally made at that time, and by the end of your visit, you will be ready to greet the world with your new smile.
When in use, partials may be secured to remaining healthy teeth for stability, while complete traditional dentures require an adhesive.