Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that can spread throughout your teeth, as well as other area of your body. Gum disease can generally be treated by a dentist if caught early. If you have periodontal disease but did not get it treated early enough, however, your dentist has likely told you that they will need to remove all of your teeth. You have many options to replace your teeth, two of which are listed below.
If you choose dentures, they are custom made to fit your mouth and teeth. They will look like your natural teeth. When in place, they rest on your natural gums, and the dentures cover the roof of your mouth.
Once the dentures are finished, you can easily remove them and then put them back in. If you choose dentures, it will take you time to get used to them, as they will not feel exactly like your natural teeth. Over time, however, you will not notice a difference, as they will be comfortable.
Because the dentures cover the roof of your mouth, you may find that food tastes different to you. One of the main benefits of dentures is they are easy to clean because they can be taken out.
Hybrid dentures, also known as fixed removable dentures, are another option you have to replace your teeth. Hybrid dentures are anchored to your gums using implants instead of resting on your gums as with normal dentures. They are beneficial because they will not slip while wearing them, as they are fixed in place via the implant.
The implants are fused to your jawbone to hold them securely in place. Once the implants are in place, the dentist will secure hybrid (fixed detachable) dentures to the implants. The hybrid dentures are held in place by a clip or a bar.
Only a dentist can remove hybrid dentures. Instead of taking them out each night, you brush and floss your "teeth" as you normally would. Your dentist will ask you to return to their office a couple times per year to unscrew and professionally clean the dentures. Hybrid dentures do not cover the roof of your mouth so the taste of food will not change.
Your dentist can go over these two options with you in much more detail to help you decide what would be best for you. For more information, contact a dentist and a dental office such as Port Orange Dentist.