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I have been diagnosed with peridontal disease and it seems every year a tooth gets infected and I have to have it pulled. Would it be better to get the remaining teeth pulled and get dentures? Would I be able to wear dentures since peridontal disease is a deterioration of the bone? ...Linda in PA

Answer:
Linda, you need to get a prognosis from the dentist who is treating your gum disease. You can also get a second opinion from a periodontist (gum specialist). Even if your teeth are weak they are still a hundred times better than dentures.

There are many new techniques for grafting (growing) bone around teeth. If you have the finances, you can talk to a periodontist about it. Keep in mind that once you lose your teeth your jaws will shrink fast, you will get wrinkles on your face, and you will be miserable. The bone deterioration that you have now is nothing compared to what will happen with dentures.

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