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Full Denture Implant: When You Should Consider It
It can be difficult to face the possibility of having all your teeth removed and getting a full denture implant. Most dental professionals make every attempt to save a patient's natural teeth. However, there are cases where it is better for the jawbone and mouth to pull out any remaining teeth and get a complete set of dental implants. Here are two common reasons why a dentist may want you to consider this type of procedure.
Some tooth damage can not be repaired with a simple filling or crown. When multiple teeth are lost, implant-supported dentures may be a solution.
Entire top or bottom decay
Erosion of tooth enamel and decay of the tooth tends to start at the gumline where food most easily gets stuck and causes a buildup of plaque and tartar. It can also occur more easily in the natural pits and grooves toward the center of the molar crowns. Once all the teeth on either the top, bottom or both have a significant amount of decay, it can be easier and preferable for the mouth to remove the decayed teeth entirely and replace them with a full denture implant.
Pervasive gum disease
Gum disease can be caused by tooth decay at the gumline. Because the decay sits against the gum tissue, it can cause inflammation, sensitivity and infection. When the gums are severely diseased, infected or otherwise unhealthy, the solution can be to remove all the decayed teeth that are most likely causing the problem.
Too many prior procedures on the teeth
It is not always excessive decay that necessitates tooth removal. Sometimes teeth are not able to sustain any more procedures and must be pulled.
Even teeth with crowns can still be candidates for decay. Food and bacteria can get caught under the crown and damage what is left of the natural tooth. When decay occurs on a tooth with an existing crown, there may not be enough of the natural tooth left after removing the decay to put a new crown on. In this case, the tooth may need extraction.
A root canal can become infected after the procedure has been performed, and a second root canal may need to be done. Once multiple root canals have been performed on the same tooth, it is often advisable to remove it if the infection persists.
When there is an existing dental bridge and further decay occurs, the surrounding teeth may not be able to support a second bridge. Dental bridges are a common solution in cases of a missing tooth, but it can be difficult to have more than one bridge in the same area of the mouth.
While dental professionals will typically attempt to preserve natural teeth as long as possible, it can be necessary to pull all the teeth and place a full denture implant. This can be the case when there is excessive decay on most or all of the natural teeth or teeth that have already had dental procedures performed on them and cannot support more work.
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