Dental Tips Blog

Jun
20

Is There a Difference Between Flippers and Partials?

Posted in Dentures

For the most part, the terms “flipper” and “partial denture” are interchangeable in everyday language.

Getting technical, however, a flipper is more of a subset (and temporary) type of partial denture.

What Do Partial Dentures Do?

A partial denture is a removable plate with one or more artificial teeth that anchors onto your existing teeth. Partials come in a variety of styles with many different kinds of clasps or bases. Your dentist will help you find out which type is best for you.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a partial denture would complete your smile and give you a little more help with chewing.

What Makes A Flipper Different

A true flipper is more of a temporary partial denture used for aesthetic purposes. It’s usually made of only acrylic and has no attachments that rest on your other teeth. Because it simply rests against your gums and palate, wedged between your teeth, it’s possible to just “flip” the prosthetic around with your tongue. That is one reason it’s called a “flipper.”

Does It Matter Which You Choose?

Actually, you don’t really get a choice in this matter. It comes down to what you need at the time.

Partial dentures require some maintenance, but they can be a lifelong solution. A flipper, on the other hand, is what you might get the day of a tooth extraction. It temporarily fills in a gap while you wait on your permanent bridge, partial denture, or dental implant to be completed.

Flippers are not as expensive as partials, but that’s because they won’t last anywhere near as long.

Ask your dentist for more information on the tooth replacement option that’s perfect for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Jun
9

3 Keys to Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Your first set of dentures marks a turning point in your life. You’ve spent most of your years using natural teeth so the transition is a tough one, both physically and emotionally.

Here are a few things that will help make your adjustment as successful as possible:

Patience

There’s no denying the fact that the first time you try a denture it will feel strange or even uncomfortable.

Your prosthesis will probably feel way too big for your mouth. This will result in some drooling. But don’t give up! Follow your dentist’s instructions and give yourself time to adjust at your own pace.

Try to maintain a sense of humor and optimism as you get used to your denture. It will improve as the days go by.

Practice

It’s unrealistic to imagine eating out with friends at a fancy steakhouse the very day you get your dentures.

Push those plans out a month or so and let yourself practice chewing at home free from the public eye. You can start out with soft foods and slowly work up to chewier items.

Also, practice cutting up your food so that you know in advance how large or small the pieces should be. Remember, “practice makes perfect.”

Plenty Of (Denture) Paste

A well-fitting denture doesn’t need much help to stay in place. In fact, the better the fit, the better an adhesive product will work. Less is more, when it comes to denture pastes and creams.

Don’t be shy to use these products especially in the beginning. They’ll help you feel more confidence about wearing your new smile in public.

Discuss your concerns with your dentist before you receive your first denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

May
25

6 Signs You Should Pick a Denture Alternative

Posted in Dentures

Are you ready to upgrade your denture? These six signs may say yes.

  1. Sore Spots

An ill-fitting denture can be more trouble to wear than it’s worth. If you have a hard time getting any denture to fit no matter how much you adjust it, then it could be time to consider an implant-supported option.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Dentures do take some time to get used to. With practice, you can handle almost any food. But they’ll never compare to the security of an implant-anchored option. Dental implants won’t go anywhere so they’ll help keep your denture in place when you eat.

  1. Too Embarrassed to Laugh

No one should ever be too ashamed of their smile to show it off in laughter! If insecurity over your grin has turned your mood sour, then it’s definitely time to think about why you deserve a more confident smile restoration.

  1. Constantly Misplacing Your Denture

Most implant-secured teeth are not removable. You brush them just as you would regular teeth. This non-removable option is ideal if you have a habit of always losing your current ones.

  1. You Don’t Want Others to Know You Have a Denture

Even young people may lose all of their teeth. This can make it very difficult for them to have a busy social life. Implant-anchored teeth can let you live your life worry-free.

  1. Jawbone is Shrinking

If your denture is getting looser, that means your jaw has shrunk a bit. Implant therapy will help to strengthen your bone and prevent future wear.

Is implant therapy the right option for you? Ask your dentist for an opinion tailored to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

May
3

What to Do When Your Denture Chafes

Posted in Dentures

It’s barely tolerable (much less pleasant!) to deal with a loose and chafing denture. Ill-fitting “plates” often make eating a painful chore. Here’s what you should do when you notice sore spots from your removable prosthesis.

Give Your Gums a Break

If you develop a sore spot on your gums, it’s a good idea to take your dentures out for a thorough cleaning. Make sure you’re soaking them well at night and not wearing them while you sleep.

Adhesives: Temporary Fixes

Check out your local drugstore to see what they offer for cushioning and securing loose dentures. Just remember: such measures are only temporary. You need to have your entire denture properly adjusted.

Don’t attempt to do this at home, whatever you do!

Desperation might motivate you to make adjustments on your own. This only puts your denture at risk of damage and could make it even more uncomfortable to wear.

See Your Dentist ASAP!

You feel that you’re at an impasse – you can’t wear your denture but you can’t eat or go out without it. It’s time to see your dentist. A professional who knows how to safely manipulate your denture can make the needed adjustments. Even if you wear full dentures, be sure to book routine checkups at least once or twice a year.

It’s also important to identify the source of any sore or discolored patches. What might seem to be caused by denture chafing could in fact be a fungal infection or even a sign of oral cancer. Never ignore a questionable patch in your mouth.

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure that your denture and your oral health stay in top shape.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Apr
17

Four Reasons Dentures Are Better Than No Teeth at All

Posted in Dentures

Are you really happy being toothless for the rest of your life? Here’s why you should give some serious thought to the benefits of dentures.

  1. You Can Eat Better

Without teeth, you’ll probably be inclined to choose soft foods that don’t require any chewing. This is a problem because those softer foods are going to be lower in fiber and nutrients that your body needs. Dentures will let you chew items that are full of fuel to keep you healthy.

  1. You’ll Enjoy Social Activities Much More

It’s one thing to relax around family without any teeth. But you’ll surely discover a new level of confidence when you have dentures for a social event outside your home. Few people are willing to smile without any teeth. Dentures will give you teeth to show off during group photo sessions.

  1. You Can Maintain Your Smile Shape

Without teeth to support your jaws, your chin and mouth will get a sunken-in appearance. A set of prosthetic teeth will give your smile the support it needs. This is how dentures will help you look younger.

  1. Your Oral Hygiene Might Actually Improve

When there’s no teeth to worry about, why bother with brushing?

Your mouth still needs care even after all your teeth are gone. But it’s easier to neglect the task when you can’t see anything in there worth worrying about. Dentures require simple daily maintenance. Because you’re going to clean them every day, you’ll be more in-tune with the condition of your mouth.

Visit your dentist to find out which tooth replacement option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Apr
15

How Dentures Will Change Your Life

Posted in Dentures

The human bite registers around 200 pounds of pressure. That’s one of the strongest in the world.

Denture wearers, on the other hand, can only manage about 50 pounds of force.

Do you think that makes a difference in how you chew your food? You bet your pearly-whites it does. Here are some very important changes you can expect if you opt to get dentures.

How Dentures Affect You for the Better. . .

With the help of a denture you can:

  • Slow down the loss of bone in your jaw
  • Smile with confidence
  • Chew your favorite foods (after getting a little practice)

A denture is better than nothing at all in terms of maintaining your smile. But don’t be in a hurry to ‘replace all your remaining teeth.’

. . . And for Worse

Dentures are a source of irritation to many people. For as much as they need their denture, their dental prosthetic seems bent on causing problems such as:

  • Slipping out of place at embarrassing moments
  • Preventing you from enjoying a steak or corn-on-the-cob
  • Causing funny noises while you’re speaking

Are Dentures Right for You?

Teeth are essential to good nutrition as well as the shape of your smile. There’s hardly ever a question as to whether someone needs replacement teeth. The bigger question is what kind of teeth are best.

Aside from traditional removable dentures, there are many other options made possible thanks to dental implant therapy. In the end, it will depend on your level of comfort, budget, and long-term goals.

Contact your dentist to find out if a denture is right for you or if it’s time to think about implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

Feb
14

Caring for Your Partial Denture

Posted in Dentures

Your partial denture is an indispensable part of your daily routine. You can’t leave the house without it! A dental prosthetic doesn’t just help you chew. . . it completes your smile. Without it, you probably look like a whole different person.

How can you get the most mileage out of your partial?

Safe and Effective Partial Cleaning

To keep your dental appliance clean and strong:

  • Use a mild soap or approved denture cleaner on a daily basis
  • Brush with a soft denture brush
  • Clean thoroughly around each attachment
  • Rinse your partial well before putting it back in your mouth

Let Your Mouth Breathe

Your dentist will probably recommend that you take your partial denture out at night. This gives your oral tissues a chance to relax and protects your partial if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Keep your appliance moist by soaking in a solution your dentist suggests. If it dries out, it can lose its shape.

When It Stops Fitting Comfortably

You should NEVER force your partial in. Doing so can damage the clasps or attachments that hold it in place. If you ever notice that it’s not fitting the way it used to, let your dentist know fairly quickly.

If your partial is not seated evenly, it could chafe, press against your gums or the roof of your mouth. Annoying though this may be, don’t undertake to adjust it yourself. Schedule a dental visit to have it adjusted.

Getting used to a new partial denture can be a frustrating journey – at first. Contact your dental team for help along the way and you’ll be smiling with confidence for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Feb
6

Your Best Denture Alternatives

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are important for maintaining the shape of your smile as well helping you eat. It’s no surprise that not everyone is thrilled at the idea having such a prosthesis. Wearing a denture requires a lot of practice so that you can chew and laugh with confidence.

Here are some alternative methods for enjoying a more secure bite:

Implant Retained Overdenture

Taking your denture to the next level, this technique secures your prosthetic with about 2-4 dental implants. You’ll still snap it in and out of place to clean it much like a regular denture, but the attachments tend to hold better than a denture adhesive.

Implant Supported Overdenture

This option is also removable but tends to be quite stable. An implant supported overdenture might utilize a metal bar in the mouth for added security in addition to the implants. The denture itself often has a higher edge to make up for extensive bone loss below the gums.

Implant Supported Denture

Also known as a “hybrid” denture or the “All-on-4” technique, this denture uses at least four dental implants to stay fixed in place. You won’t have to remove this prosthetic for cleaning, but your dentist will show you the best way to keep your mouth clean and fresh.

Implant Supported Bridge

Think of a denture without the bulk of material covering your gums and the roof of your mouth. These implant supported bridges behave just like a dental bridge that spans the whole arch of your mouth. Your bridge would stay fixed in place on anywhere from 4-8 implants.

Would you like to know more about how implants could change your outlook on dentures? Contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E. Holly Avenue, Suite 5
Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6655

Jan
30

What to Do When Your Lower Denture is Loose

Posted in Dentures

Dentures might seem to be the end-all solution to your dental problems. Once you get dentures, you’re set for life. Or are you?

Loose dentures is a sign that it’s time to give your prosthetic more than the usual attention.

Why Dentures Loosen

It’s inevitable that your denture will lose its snug fit over time. Without teeth supporting the bone, your jaw will start to shrink in volume and height. Chafing and pressure from dentures can speed up this process if they don’t fit properly.

Shrinking bone is more common around the jaw than on the upper part of your mouth. It’s also just a lot harder in general to achieve stability with a denture on your lower arch.

Is An Adhesive the Answer?

Denture pastes and powders will help your denture to stick to your gums. The choice to use an adhesive is ultimately a personal one. If it helps you feel more secure with your denture, then it’s perfectly fine to use.

Adhesives tend to be temporary fixes, however. When your denture loosens, you need to have your dentist take a look at your prosthesis and see if it needs some adjusting.

Find the Most Secure Denture

More patients are looking to implant therapy for help in securing their denture. Ask your dentist about the possibility of fitting your lower denture with implant attachments. Even just two or four dental implants could be enough to anchor your prosthesis in place.

Ready for a stronger and more confident bite?

Your best options include:

  • A denture adjustment
  • Denture adhesive
  • Or dental implants

Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your current denture.

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794

Jan
25

Have Dentures? Here’s How to Keep Your Breath Fresh

Posted in Dentures

Just because you don’t have many (or any) natural teeth left doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a smile you can be proud of. Anyone can have sweet breath if they put forth the effort. Here’s what you need to do to keep your denture smelling pleasant.

Clean Your Denture

The most obvious method is to simply remove debris from your denture on a regular basis. This often involves removing them daily to soak per your dentist’s directions. Leaving your dentures in your mouth for long periods of time lets them accumulate stinky bacteria and food debris.

Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue and cheeks tend to harbor more of the smelly germs than other surfaces. Even a clean denture can’t make up for the odor given off by bacteria camped out on soft tissues in your mouth. Keep a toothbrush or tongue scraper handy. Use a bacteria-controlling mouthrinse, if your dentist recommends it.

What NOT To Do

Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking a minty piece of gum or candy is the solution! These will only temporarily mask odor and even encourage more bad breath if they contain sugar.

Soaking your denture in powerful household cleaning chemicals might sound like the end-all solution, but that can be harmful to both you and your denture.

Visit Your Dentist

Only your personal dentist can give you the best advice for keeping your prosthetic teeth fresh and clean. Regular visits are important even if you have no teeth left. A dental expert will ensure that your denture is healthy and fitting well and that your breath stays pleasant.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Smiles
175 White St NW, #300
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-6521

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