Are Your Ill-Fitting Dentures Related to Poor Gum Health? The Santa Monica Family Dentist Explains How

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2019-02-19

Whether you’re a long-time denture wearer or you’re deciding if they’re right for you, you’re probably focused mainly on being able to eat and smile again.

But you may not realize that the long-term success of dentures placed by the Santa Monica family dentist is related to the health of your gums on which the dentures sit.

Periodontal Disease and Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection that attacks the gums and supporting structures of your teeth. Infections of the gums are the result of the same bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay.

There are three stages of gum disease:

  1. Gingivitis
  2. Periodontitis
  3. Advanced periodontitis

As gum disease progresses, it dramatically increases the potential for tooth loss, further spread of infection, and other serious issues that even affect your general health.

Why Gum Disease is a Problem for Denture Wearers

Both gum disease and gum recession can lead to issues with the comfort and fit of a denture. With removable dentures, severe gum disease and the loss of gum tissue makes it easier for dentures to come loose and feel uncomfortable when worn.

If your dentures are fixed in place with dental implants, gum disease can decrease the stability of implants, resulting in failure of the implant and serious damage to the jawbone.

How We Treat Gum Disease

When it comes to treating gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend more frequent cleanings and the use of antibiotic rinses or medication. More severe cases may require a deep cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing.

If you would like to take steps to prevent gum disease before it damages your oral health, consider these helpful tips:

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Clean and soak your denture/bridge as instructed
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance

Please Contact Us for an Appointment

Would you like to protect your dentures by improving the health of your gums? Please contact the Santa Monica, CA family dentist to arrange an appointment for exam and cleaning.