Untreated gum disease will gradually worsen from gingivitis into the chronic periodontal infection of periodontitis. Once this occurs, your gums can slowly start to pull back from the base of your teeth. As the gum line recedes an infection can develop near the roots of multiple teeth.
In time, this can result in a gradual depletion of oral bone structure and the loss of multiple teeth. Even if some teeth remain in your dentition, the roots might be so compromised that they will inevitably be lost or suffer a severe fracture.
In a case of terminal dentition this severe, Dr. Robert Berkowitz and his staff specialists might recommend extracting your remaining teeth to start the process of fitting you for a complete denture.
After the extractions, Dr. Robert Berkowitz will make an impression of the existing gum structure. It will be sent to a professional dental lab where your custom dentures will be created.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz will likely provide you with a prescription for pain medication to help alleviate any post extraction discomfort, while your gums heal.
For the first week or two, you want to try sticking to a diet of softer foods. This can help your gums and other oral structures to adapt to the pressure of the new denture.
If you live in the Anderson, South Carolina, area and you’ve lost multiple teeth to untreated gum disease, you should call 864-642-4630 to schedule a dentures consultation at Trinity Dental Center.