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Gum disease and long-term problems with tooth decay can significantly increase your chances of suffering tooth loss. This is even more likely to be a problem if you have a history of avoiding your regular dental checkup. When multiple teeth are lost and the roots of the existing teeth have been compromised, there might be few treatments available.

For a mouth so affected, Dr. Carolyn Yu might recommend having your remaining teeth extracted to prepare your gums for dentures. This can effectively restore the full function and appearance of your teeth for the long term.

It might be the case that you only need to have your upper teeth or lower teeth replaced by dentures. Most people in a situation like this will opt to have both sets of teeth extracted to take care of the issues in a single session.

Once all the compromised teeth have been extracted and your gums have been sutured, your dentist will make an impression of the structure of your gums. This will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for creating your custom dentures.

The custom fit of your dentures will help them fit firmly with the existing structure of your gums. However, many denture wearers like to use denture adhesive for an extra-secure hold. Denture adhesive also has the added benefit of helping prevent stray food particles from getting between the base of the dentures and your gums.

If you live in the Pinole, California, area and you have suffered a significant number of lost teeth, you should call 510.974.2147 to schedule a consultation at Carolyn L. Yu, DDS.