Dentures are one of the oldest dental prosthetics we have. They can allow people to regain confidence in their appearance even if they’ve suffered severe tooth loss or dental damage.
But if you’ve also been dealing with receding gums, you might wonder how this will affect your chances of getting dentures in Port Orange.
Keep reading to learn more.
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures are a type of removable prosthetic that can replace several missing teeth at the same time. Patients can get full-arch dentures, which can replace all the teeth on the jaw, or partial dentures if they still have some healthy teeth left.
Before you can get dentures, you’ll potentially need some additional preparation procedures. For example, if you still have some teeth left that are damaged (broken, severely decayed, etc.), you’ll first have an extraction surgery to prepare for dentures.
Once ready, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send it to a lab to get a set of dentures custom-made for you. This helps ensure the new prosthetic will not only be comfortable but also match your other natural teeth or overall smile expectations.
Dentures and Receding Gums: Do They Mix?
Dentures can also replace gum tissue, so they are a fantastic option for people who’ve also experienced receding gums.
However, you’ll only be able to get dentures once the dentist confirms the gums have stopped receding, meaning the underlying cause is being treated. Gums can pull back due to a variety of reasons, from trauma to certain medical conditions and gum disease.
If your gums keep pulling back after getting dentures, this could mean they may not fit comfortably in the future. Your dentist will prevent this by first treating your gum recession and then having your custom dentures made.
How Are Receding Gums Treated?
The treatment depends on the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if you’re experiencing recession because of gum disease, your treatment options can include:
- Deep cleaning to remove bacteria and tartar buildup from the teeth and under the gums
- Antibiotic therapy to fight the infection
- Oral hygiene changes such as brushing your teeth more often, using antimicrobial products, etc.
To know more about how to treat your receding gums, you should consult with a specialist to get a definitive answer on what’s causing the condition.
How Smillie Dental Can Help
Dr. Joseph Smillie and Dr. Helen Smillie are here to help you access quality and compassionate oral care services that will not only lead to healthy teeth but a happier smile as well!
Whether you have receding gums or not, request an appointment at Smillie Dental today to discover your denture options.
For more information, you can call our office at (386) 317-4754, and we’d be happy to answer all your questions.