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If gum disease is allowed to progress, the periodontal inflammation can cause pockets of infection to develop near the roots of your teeth. This can significantly weaken the teeth and even cause a loss of healthy bone structure in your jaw.

As time goes on this can leave you with a mouth full of compromised and potentially missing teeth. In a situation like this Dr. Lee F. Peterson might recommend extracting your remaining teeth to start the process of fitting you for a complete denture.  

This is a removable dental appliance that will replicate the presence and appearance of your original teeth. Its base will be created from a special pink material that closely mimics the appearance of healthy gums.

Once any remaining teeth have been extracted Dr. Lee F. Peterson will suture you gums make an impression of your underlying oral structure. This ensures that the complete denture will closely fit the natural shape and structure of your gums for a comfortable fit.

The impression and any other pertinent information will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the dental technicians as they work to produce your complete denture.

Dr. Lee F. Peterson will likely prescribe some anti-inflammatory or pain medication to help you remain comfortable while your gums heal.

If you live in the Hanford, California, area and you have been struggling with chronic gum disease problems, you should call 559-584-8129 to set up a denture consultation at Lee F. Peterson DDS.