I have gum disease and it’s been a long fight and many visits to the dentist. I still am struggling with it but it’s much better than it was last May. All these dental visits have cost me a lot of money even though I have dental insurance. I don’t want to say that I am giving up but I think it will be easier if I get dentures. My dentist doesn’t want me to get them. She says that I really should keep my own teeth. Will dentures get rid of the problem? If my life would be easier I will find another dentist to give me dentures. Thank you for your help. Marjia
Marjia – If you have periodontal disease, or gum disease, it needs to be treated. Getting dentures won’t make it go away. In fact some people are affected by periodontal disease after they receive dentures, even though they were not previously affected by it.
If dental plaque builds up between the dentures and your gums, an infection can result, and if it’s left untreated, gum disease will occur.
Many people need dentures, and dentures benefit people who would otherwise be without any teeth. There are some problems unique to denture wearers. The dentures can rub on your gums and irritate them. Dentures can loosen or slip around. You will find it more difficult to eat and speak with dentures. When all of your teeth are missing, your jawbone begins to shrink and your face will develop a shriveled appearance, making you look much older than you are. You can prevent jawbone shrinkage, but it requires the placement of dental implants to support your dentures, which is an additional expense.
Your dentist’s efforts to save your natural teeth are in your best interest. Continue to receive your treatments for periodontal disease and preserve your smile. You will be happy that you did.
This post is sponsored by Naperville board-certified prosthodontist and implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.