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How Immediate Are Immediate Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

What’s the appeal of immediate dentures? They mean you don’t have to go without teeth while you transition to your first denture. You get your existing teeth extracted and a new denture delivered on the very same visit.

So, yes, an immediate denture is just that. But the process takes much more than a day.

How It Works

You’ll go through a series of appointments to get your mouth ready for the procedure. The dentist will spend some time planning and designing your denture so that it will be ready to go. It’s also recommended on occasion to have some back teeth extracted early on.

The day you get your denture you’ll have the last teeth removed. Your new denture will go in and help your gums heal. You can go home with your completed smile, but the journey doesn’t end there.

A follow-up appointment within 24-48 hours is necessary to ensure everything is healing properly. As your gums heal, your denture will eventually need some adjustments.

As with any denture, getting used to your new prosthesis will take time and practice.

Is An Immediate Denture Right For You?

Getting a new smile in a day sounds great. But before you go for an immediate denture, think about these considerations:

  • It can be more expensive than a traditional denture
  • You may need to have a second denture made later on
  • Pre-existing health conditions could make it inadvisable for you to get an immediate denture

Discuss your options with your dentist before choosing an immediate denture. With a little careful planning, you can be sure of getting a smile you’ll love!

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


What Is a Denture Reline?

Posted in Dentures

If your denture has started bothering you as of late, then a visit to the dentist for a reline may be in order.

Relining dentures isn’t an expensive procedure. But it can do a lot to improve the comfort of your bite.

Hard vs. Soft Relines

When a dentist relines a denture, he or she applies a layer of material to the inside to make it more comfortable and fit your mouth’s current shape.

A hard reline takes more time and usually requires sending your denture to a lab for a detailed job. Soft relines involve a simple liquid polymer and can often be done by your dentist right there their office.

Why a Reline?

The pressure of using a denture can actually wear down the bone beneath gum tissue. Eventually, this causes a change in the shape of your jaw so that your denture no longer fits the way it originally did. In a way, your denture outgrows your mouth.

Your bone may have already been affected if your denture:

  • Slips around a lot
  • Chafes and causes sores on your gums
  • Requires an adhesive now more than you did before

This process of bone resorption tends to happen most quickly during the first few months after you get dentures. After that, this continues to happen at a slower rate. This is why it’s common to need a reline within the first six months of getting a new prosthesis.

Don’t depend on a powder or paste to give your denture a secure fit. Tackle the problem right at the source. Contact your dentist today to schedule a denture reline appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064


Using Household Chemicals to Clean Dentures – Cheap, but is it Safe?

Posted in Dentures

Who doesn’t like a good bargain? Many times, we can find great bargains by getting double uses out of items that may be lying around our homes: vinegar for cleaning, tape for picking up lint, and so on.

When you don’t have the right denture cleaner handy, will just any disinfecting household solution work?

Dental experts caution that you should stay away from chemicals that aren’t intended to clean dentures, and here’s why:

You Can Damage Your Denture

Bleach is commonly used in a diluted solution to lift stains from dentures. It certainly seems to be the economic and simple alternative to a dental product. But if not done correctly (or done on the wrong kind of denture), it can result in:

  • Corrosion of metal components
  • Gradual roughening of the acrylic
  • Bleaching of the gum color
  • Breaking down the bond on a relined denture

Make sure that before you attempt ANY kind of homemade denture cleaner you check with your dentist about what your prosthesis can handle.

You Can Hurt Your Mouth

Residue from a household chemical can cause irritations, at the least, and chemical burns, at the worst. Rather than take that risk, do your mouth a favor and stick to approved denture cleaners.

What About Mouthwash and Vinegar?

There isn’t a lot of data on how vinegar solutions affect dentures. Talk with your dentist before trying it, though. As far as mouthwash goes, it’s good for your mouth, and that’s it. It isn’t powerful enough to keep dentures clean.

Remember to ask your dentist before trying any experiments on your valuable denture!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585


5 Common Denture Problems…and Solutions

Posted in Dentures

If you’re a denture wearer, then chances are you can relate to at least one of these common denture issues!

Fortunately if you do, there’s something you can do to resolve them.

Problem: Dentures slip and slide when you try to talk.

Solution: Practice, practice, practice! Practice speaking out loud when you’re in the privacy of your home. This will help you gain confidence for those tricky social situations.

Problem: Gum sores from denture irritation.

Solution: Your denture is likely too loose or ill-fitting. A denture adhesive (used sparingly) can help it stay in place. Eventually, you will need to have your denture adjusted or relined by your dentist.

Problem: Difficulty eating.

Solution: Cut your food into smaller-than-usual bites. Reach for softer things like chicken salad rather than steak, or applesauce as opposed to a whole apple. Like speaking, eating with dentures is another task that requires practice to master.

Problem: Bad breath.

Solution: Take a look at your denture hygiene. Are you removing your denture every night for a soak? Do you clean your denture daily? Remember to care for your mouth, too. Brush your tongue to remove smelly bacteria and use a rinse prescribed by a dentist to reduce odor. Staying hydrated is also key to fresh breath with dentures.

Problem: Stained teeth.

Solution: Most people want a bright white smile, even if it’s with false teeth. Keep your denture very clean to prevent stain buildup before it starts. Give it a rinse after drinking dark beverages like tea and coffee. Visit your dentist regularly for a professional denture cleanings to remove tartar.

Have other questions or concerns about your denture? Contact your dentist for more information on denture care and maintaining your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


Preparing Yourself for Getting Dentures

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It’s hard to believe you’re at this point in your life – the dentist has advised you to get all your remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a denture.

Perhaps you ask yourself how you got here. You might find yourself reviewing poor decisions you made about your dental health in earlier years.

It might be too late to regret skipped dental visits now, but it’s not too late to change one thing: your view of the situation.

Focus On The Benefits

Dentures aren’t shameful. They are an essential tool for enjoying life for anybody who has lost teeth for any reason. Think about how you’ll be able to enjoy a clean pain-free mouth with fresh breath and smile confidently in photos.

Do A Little Research

Dentures are often a barrier to good nutrition since they can reduce the capacity of your bite. When you have to worry about your teeth slipping and sliding, you’re more likely to opt for mac ‘n’ cheese than a fresh salad.

With a little research, you can find ways to enjoy healthy and tasty foods prepared in denture-friendly ways. Start now so that you can have a personalized recipe book ready to go.

Build Trust In Your Dentist

The most important thing you can do is get to know your dentist who will be providing you with your new denture. When you have a trusting relationship, you’ll be confident that you’ll like your new look. It also makes it easier to freely voice any concerns you may have.

Contact your dentist with any more denture questions.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103


Lessons on Oral Hygiene from George Washington’s Denture

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We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.

George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.

Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.

Take Care Of Your Denture!

One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.

If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.

Make Your Natural Teeth Last

Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.

You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-2191


These Signs Could Mean That You Have Denture Stomatitis

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While this may be the first time you’re hearing about denture stomatitis, odds are good that you have heard of thrush before. A thrush infection can occur in anyone with a weakened immune system. But it is actually most common among denture wearers.

Thrush is an infection resulting from an excessive growth of a yeast called Candida albicans. This fungus is present in everyone’s mouths but it tends to take over when bacterial populations are out of balance or oral hygiene is poor…and often under dentures.

The warm moist space between your gums and a denture makes a prime place for this yeast to thrive in. So, if you wear one, here are some signs that you could have a classic case of thrush.


  • Don’t remove your denture for daily cleaning
  • Don’t allow your mouth to “rest” or “breathe” each day
  • Notice redness under your denture
  • Have sore spots at the corners of your mouth
  • Have a denture that isn’t fitting right these days, and actually hurts a little

Use of an inhaler also ups your chances that denture discomfort is connected to thrush. It doesn’t take much for you dentist to diagnose denture-related stomatitis. A look at your gums and a few questions about your denture hygiene are usually all it takes, but a lab test can also confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for thrush may involve a prescription medication. But the best thing to do starting out is simply to stop wearing your denture so much. Red and angry gums are saying that they’ve had enough! Your dentist will review with you some instructions for keeping your denture clean and comfortable.

Contact your dentist if it seems that your denture could be contributing to a case of thrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334


Dentures On the Decline?

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Many dental experts are sure that one day false teeth will no longer be an option. Why?

Changes In Dentistry

Dentistry used to be all about patching up painful teeth and pulling them when they couldn’t be fixed. But changes in understanding of dental materials and the mechanisms behind disease have revolutionized the scene.

People are holding onto their teeth longer because of a simple increase in awareness of dental health.

Fluoride has also played a major role in improving dental health. Making this mineral more accessible to people through professional treatments, dental products, and public fluoridation programs has directly contributed to a decrease in tooth decay.

Techniques for restoring teeth are much more conservative than past attempts. Teeth stay whole for longer and folks hold onto them for years. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to classic dentures.

Yes, it seems that dentures could soon be a thing of the past. But there is one factor that seems bent on keeping dentures on the list of services.

One Thing That Will Never Change

Dentists and researchers are constantly searching for ways to make teeth stronger and last longer. But none of that means anything if the patients themselves don’t care about keeping their teeth. People are often quick to assume that it’s the cheap and easy dental option so they don’t mind losing all of their natural teeth, one by one.

As long as people aren’t flossing and brushing, dentures will be a thing! Hold onto those teeth you have left for as long as you can. Your dentist will help you figure out how you can do just that.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


“I’m Happy Without Teeth – I Don’t Need Dentures” . . . Or Do You?

Posted in Dentures

For most people, losing their teeth is their worst nightmare. Literally. Terror-filled dreams about teeth falling out keep many folks up at night. The social implications of running around without teeth is a scary thought.

On the other hand, there are those of us who aren’t too bothered about not having any teeth.

Why get fake teeth if you don’t care about others seeing you without any teeth, at all?

In reality, there is far more to dentures than aesthetics, alone.

Dentures Help You Stay Healthy

Without teeth, it’s not hard to choose between a salad or mac-and-cheese for dinner. But a steady diet of mac-and-cheese won’t do your body much good.

The most important reason for wearing dentures is simply the fact that they keep your nutritional options varied. When you can chew, even with false teeth, it’ll be easier to fuel up on essential vitamins from natural sources.

Dentures Will Give You New Confidence

You may say you don’t care about being seen without teeth, but it’s a different story come time for the family photo or alumni reunion. When you know you have teeth to smile with, it’ll be easier to show off that smile without any awkwardness.

Even if you don’t mind being seen without dentures, caught with dentures slipping, whatever, that can be a good thing! It’s ideal to have a sense of humor as you adjust to your new appliance and you’ll still get all the functional benefits.

To learn more about how a denture can enhance the quality of your life right now, talk with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699


Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.


Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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