Long-term struggles with oral hygiene can allow bacteria-rich tartar to form on teeth near the gum line. As time goes on this can cause the inflammation and infection known as gum disease. Left untreated, a severe infection of periodontitis can cause a gradual loss of bone structure in an area of your mouth.
If this compromises the roots of your teeth, it could result in multiple cases of tooth loss. Should this befall you, there might not be sufficient structure to permanently anchor dental implants.
While a bone graft procedure can address a structural problem like this, it will require more than one oral surgery. If you are uncomfortable with this option, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden can fit you for a removable partial at their Derby, Kansas clinic. This is a removable dental appliance, very similar to dentures, that fits in the area where the other teeth are missing.
Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden will examine the area to make sure the neighboring teeth are healthy and strong. If any other teeth have been compromised by periodontal disease, they might recommend having them extracted and added to the partial.
Once this is done, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden will cast a detailed impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab, where you partial will be to fit perfectly into the void between the two neighboring teeth.
While it 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 to block out stray food particles.
If you live in the Derby, Kansas area and you have teeth compromised by periodontal disease, you should call 316-788-4000 to set up a consultation with Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden.