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Gum disease might start out as the minor inconvenience of gingivitis. If you are reticent to seek professional treatment and remediation, it will inevitably escalate into the more serious form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. As time goes on, this can form an infection near the roots of the teeth and even result in the loss of critical bone structure.

This can result in multiple lost teeth in one area of your mouth. With so much underlying structure compromised, a dental implant bridge might not be a viable restoration option.

In a situation like this, Dr. Justin Karrel might recommend fitting you for a custom partial denture. This is a removable dental appliance that fits in the area where the teeth are missing.

Your dentist will examine the area to make sure the neighboring teeth are healthy and strong. If any other teeth have been compromised by gum disease, he might recommend having them extracted and added to the partial.

Your dentist will then create a detailed impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your partial will be made to fit perfectly in the void between the two neighboring teeth.

Even though the partial will fit securely on its own, many people with a partial like to use denture adhesive. Not only does it provide an extra-secure hold, but it also helps block out stray food particles.

If you live in the Staunton, Virginia, area and you’re struggling with advanced gum disease complications, you should call 540-885-1631 to explore your treatment and restoration options at Justin Karrel DMD.