Many people who have dentures initially get them because they have lost some or all of their natural teeth to gum disease. It follows, then, that you might wonder whether gum disease can have an effect on your dentures.
If you are wondering how having gum disease could affect your dentures, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that your dentures are not like your natural teeth. They cannot decay or develop cavities. So, the elevated levels of bacteria from your gum disease won't damage them.
The bad news is that gum disease can impact your ability to use your dentures correctly. For this reason, you need to understand what gum disease can do, and how it can affect your dentures.
Gum Disease Can Change the Contours of Your Gum Tissue
One of the symptoms of gum disease, especially in the advanced stages, is a slow change in the shape of your gum tissue. This is due to the eventual degradation of the bone under your gum tissue.
If this begins to happen in your mouth, one effect will be that your dentures no longer fit properly. They may become loose and start to slide around. This, in turn, can lead to other issues. Dentures that do not fit properly can often create sores on the gum tissue. In addition to being painful, these sores can become infected, leading to further health problems.
Take Care of Your Gum Tissue
Because of this, it is vital that you do everything you can to keep from developing gum disease. If you already have it, you must take immediate steps to treat it. This might seem like unnecessary effort on your part, but it is worth it. Doing so can help prevent gum disease from impacting your ability to wear and use dentures.