Gum Disease & Dentures
21st century life is filled with stress – one of the major causes of stress is a simple lack of time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We tend to rely on convenience foods, smoke, and perhaps enjoy an extra glass of red wine in the evenings – and also ignore dental hygiene. You may brush each morning, but there is much more that you could be doing to care for your gums and teeth.
One of the most common causes of periodontal disease is ignoring regular dental checkups – and that is sometimes caused by our increasingly time-poor life, or because many people lack medical insurance.
Whatever the reason these habits (or lack thereof) can quickly lead to swelling of the gums, bleeding, and inflammation. Periodontal disease may not mean that you are going to lose teeth, but it is certainly a contributing factor. It is caused by a film of bacteria that grows over the teeth and damages both teeth and gums. The solution is regular flossing. brushing teeth more regularly – and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
If periodontal disease is addressed early enough it can be controlled and even eliminated – but don’t put off that regular dental appointment. If left untreated it can lead to bone loss in the jaw – and then it is only a matter of time before you start to lose teeth.
If you have lost a significant number of teeth your dentist may recommend dentures. In fact, this is one of the most popular ways of restoring your smile and allowing you to enjoy a great quality of life that includes enjoying great teams – and avoiding the embarrassment of missing teeth in social situations. Dentures are also a popular choice due to the fact that they represent excellent value for money – and often medical insurers are willing to pay at least a portion of the cost associated with having dentures fitted.
Dentures are also suitable for those who have lost significant amounts of bone in the jaw due to the effects of periodontal disease. They are also a great choice for those who still have many of their natural teeth. Partial dentures are a popular choice in cases like this. For those, the experience of having implants is also another viable option – but note that your dental surgeon may have to perform bone grafts in order to allow the implants to be surely fastened in the jawbone.
Dentures offer a usually painless and quick option for those who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease. Modern dentures fit snugly and are easy to take care of – and they offer a natural smile that restores your sense of self-confidence and contributes to your enjoyment of life. If you are suffering from what you believe is periodontal disease then do not delay, book a dental appointment as soon as you can. It can contribute to saving as many of your teeth as possible – and your dentist can discuss your options as far as dentures and other prosthetics are concerned.