If you have multiple teeth that have been lost or compromised due to advanced gum disease, fractures or severe tooth decay, it can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Beyond simply impairing your ability to chew food, it can also cause you to slur your speech. In a situation like this Dr. Michael Mullen might recommend you have some or all of your remaining teeth extracted to be fit for a set of dentures.
Dentures, sometimes referred to as false teeth, are essentially a removable set of artificial teeth, that are set into a material that mimics the appearance of your natural gum tissue. You might only need to have upper teeth or lower teeth replaced with dentures, or you might need both.
Our dentist will likely take several x-rays to get a clear picture of the bone structures in your jaw. If the structures in your jaw are healthy, then he may discuss the possibility of using dental implants to replace secure your dentures. This will make secure points to anchor the dentures in place, instead of needing denture adhesive.
Next, Dr. Michael Mullen will create an impression of your mouth, that is sent to a dental lab where your new permanent dentures are made.
Many people with dentures like to use denture adhesive to secure them in place. It can also help to block food particles from getting between the gums and dentures.
If you are thinking about being fitted for dentures, please feel free to call Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. at 915-593-1900 in El Paso, Texas, to schedule an appointment.