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Can I Get Dentures if I Have Gum Disease?

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Adult tooth loss is typically caused by gum disease, a common but serious infection. Because of its link to other systemic diseases, it might be a warning sign for your overall health if left untreated. Patients with gum disease frequently suffer from diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. People with gum disease often ask if they may still get dentures.

If you’re hoping for a “no,” the answer of “yes” can come as a shock. In some circumstances, the best dental treatment option is to have all teeth extracted and replaced with dentures to stop the advancement of gum disease.

Prevention of gum disease requires first being aware of the problem and then doing something about it. Inadequate daily oral hygiene practices will lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. Here, we’ll investigate the nature of gum disease, its potential consequences if left untreated, and the connection between dentures and this oral health issue.

What is gum disease?

Inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, typically occurs before periodontitis, the more serious form of gum disease. Plaque, a bacterial layer on teeth, can lead to gingivitis. As most people will suffer from gingivitis at some point in their lives, it’s important to remember that not all cases of gingivitis progress to periodontitis. Because bleeding while brushing is its only sign, it’s often overlooked. The teeth are still securely anchored in their sockets, even though the gums are inflamed and bleeding. Gingivitis can be treated successfully because no permanent bone or tissue damage has occurred.

Gingivitis, if left untreated, can develop into periodontal disease, which eventually causes the gums and supporting bone to slip away from the teeth. When plaque and debris gather below the gum line due to gum recession, bacteria colonize the area and eat away at the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. The immune system mounts a defense as the plaque spreads below the gum line.

There are many different symptoms that can indicate gum disease:

  • symptoms including redness, swelling, and tenderness, as well as easy bruising and bleeding of the gums
  • a receding gum line
  • pus and drainage around the teeth
  • constant foul taste or bad breath that never  goes away
  • teeth that have become loose or shifted

Take note that bleeding gums are always a sign of something wrong. You probably have gingivitis or a more serious form of periodontal disease if your gums bleed when you brush or floss them.

Believe it or not, some people with periodontal disease show no symptoms. That’s why it’s crucial to not only maintain a regular schedule of at-home oral hygiene but also to schedule biannual visits to the dentist. Detecting periodontal disease early on increases the possibility that it may be treated, thereby preventing the need for dentures.

Can I get dentures if I have gum disease?

I’d say that’s quite possible. However, you must ask yourself, “Do I have enough bone to wear dentures?” And that’s a very different question altogether.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, there are some things to consider. Dentures are already a challenge to wear for most individuals, but when gum disease and bone loss caused by it are allowed to progress, dentures become even less stable and more uncomfortable to wear. Do you really expect your gum disease, which you’ve probably been dealing with for many years, to suddenly get better? In contrast to waiting until all of the teeth are crooked or missing, and most of the bone has dissolved away, taking action early to remove the teeth and acquire dentures is preferable.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call today!

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