As you grow older, it’s possible for teeth to be lost to severe tooth decay or complications from chronic periodontal disease. Even the healthy teeth that remain might have compromised roots, or be at future risk for tooth loss. If you have lost a significant amount of oral bone structure to long term periodontal disease, there might not be sufficient material available to easily replace the teeth with a series of dental implant-supported dental bridges.
In a case like this, the oral care specialists at the office of Justin Karrel DMD might recommend extracting your remaining teeth to prepare your gum structure for receiving a removable complete denture. This type of removable dental appliance is designed to replicate the presence and appearance of your original teeth. This can restore your proper oral function.
After the necessary extractions, your gums will be sutured and an impression will be made of your existing gum structure. This will be sent to a dental lab to guide the technicians in creating your dentures.
You might also be provided with a prescription for an anti-inflammatory or pain medication to help you remain comfortable while your gums heal. Dr. Justin Karrel will provide you with any other after-care instructions to help your gums heal and fit comfortably with the base of your complete denture.
If you live in the Staunton, Virginia, area and you have lost multiple teeth you should call 540-885-1631 to schedule a consultation at Justin Karrel DMD.