Are Full-Mouth Dentures Right For You?

If you recently lost all of your teeth to advanced periodontal disease, you may wonder if dentures are right for you. Dentures can replace your missing teeth, including teeth lost to periodontal disease. In most cases, a dentist can replace your teeth with full-mouth dentures. Learn more about full-mouth dentures and why they may be right for you below.

What Do Full-Mouth Dentures Look Like?

Many adults lose some, most, or all of their teeth to advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis. Periodontitis not only causes tooth and gum loss, but it also affects your physical and personal well-being. The artificial teeth crowns and gums of full-mouth dentures can improve your physical and personal well-being over time. But if you're like some people, you may not think dentures look real or natural enough for you to wear out in public.

Full dentures function and perform just like your natural teeth. The dentures come with life-like tooth crowns called caps attached to them. Natural teeth crowns allow you to turn solid food into mush when you chew. Denture caps are also strong enough to break down food. Dentists generally use ceramic, zirconia, and other hard materials to strengthen their denture crowns. 

Most full dentures also come with features that make them look like natural teeth and gums, including interdental papilla. An interdental papilla is a unique piece of gum tissue that sits between each natural tooth in the mouth. The papilla keeps each tooth properly aligned and straight in the jawbones. Dentures also feature a papilla between their caps.

The features and/or benefits above are just a few things to consider about dentures. If you're ready to move forward with your denture placement, contact or call a dentist now.

How Do You Obtain Your Full Dentures?  

Before a dentist places full dentures in your mouth, they'll take advanced X-rays of your mouth first. Advanced X-rays allow a provider to see if your jawbones and gums are healthy enough to support dentures. Periodontitis can weaken your gums and jawbones over time. If your gums or jawbones aren't strong enough to support dentures, the dentures won't fit properly after you receive them.

If you have problems with your gums or jawbones, a dentist will rebuild and strengthen both tissues before they complete your denture treatment. For example, a dentist may strengthen your gums with antibiotics and other medicated treatments. A dentist may also regenerate your jawbones with grafted bone tissue. The bone tissue may come from a donor, or it may come from your own body. 

After your gums and/or jawbones heal, a dentist will create intricate molds of your gums and use them to create your dentures. 

Learn more about full-mouth dentures by consulting a dental provider today.