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Over time, numerous issues with tooth decay and chronic periodontal disease may affect more-and-more teeth in your mouth. This can mean losing multiple teeth or teeth with severely weakened roots.

A mouth in this condition may be difficult to restore with multiple dental implants built upon bridgework. Of course, Dr. Alan J. White will do all that he can to save any of your teeth, but in such cases, the wisest course for your mouth may involve extracting certain decayed and infected teeth to prepare for dentures.

These appliances will mirror and improve the function of your original healthy bite in every way possible. They will be set into a pink material that mimics the appearance of your gums and which also helps provide a secure hold. When they’re in your mouth, the casual observer won’t be able to distinguish between your dentures and natural teeth.

At the start of the extraction process, Dr. Alan J. White will need to fully sedate you before extracting your teeth and suturing the gums. After the extraction, you may still feel some lingering sedative effects. You’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home, while the effects wear off.

While your gums are healing, we recommend that you consume softer foods. Also, when drinking beverages, try not to use a straw. This may cause a rare but painful condition called dry socket wherein the clots are removed from the extraction site and the socket is left exposed.

If there is occasionally a bit of bleeding, do not be alarmed. To control it, simply lightly bite down on some sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, rinse your mouth with some lukewarm salt water. Dr. Alan J. White might also prescribe a pain-killer or anti-inflammatory medication to aid in managing any pain or discomfort.

If you live in Staunton, Virginia and are contemplating dentures, please call 540-886-1979 to book a consultation at Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S..