Dental Tips Blog

Aug
7

What to Do When Your Lower Denture Won’t Stay in Place

Posted in Dentures

When a denture doesn’t fit right, it’s usually because of a problem with the lower jaw.

The lower half of your mouth is a tough spot to fit.

This could be due to any combination of reasons:

  • Atrophied (lost) bone
  • Jawbone ridge is too narrow to support a denture
  • There’s too much loose tissue around the jaw that moves around
  • You can’t get suction the way you do on the palate
  • Your lower jaw experiences more movement than the upper half

Is there anything you can do to fight back? Let’s start with the simplest solution and work our way up.

Try a denture adhesive. Even a well-fitting lower denture may feel unstable. Using a small amount of paste may give you all the reassurance you need.

Get your denture adjusted. It may just be time to get your denture relined. If you’re layering on the adhesive, then it’s time to get your denture some professional help.

Cut off a few ties. Your gums attach to your tongue and lips by thin bands of skin. These bands can affect the way your denture fits. Gently reshaping them free could improve the fit of your denture.

Consider implant support. The surest way to securely anchor your lower denture is to use dental implants. They don’t have to be large or many – a couple short implants may be sufficient. Your denture will get fitted with buttons that snap onto the implants.

Sooner or later, you will need to see your dentist about your loose denture. He or she will help you identify the exact problem and recommend a fitting solution.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Jul
31

Caring for Aging Smiles

Posted in Dentures

You may be worried for a loved one who’s going through the aging process. Or perhaps you’re concerned about what the future holds for you, personally.

Either way, the following tips can help ensure a strong, comfortable, and confident smile for years to come. It’s never too late to improve oral hygiene!

Adjust To Mobility Limitations

Conditions like arthritis and Parkinson’s can affect someone’s ability to keep their teeth clean. If you or a loved one suffer from limited mobility, consider switching to a toothbrush with a larger handle for easy grasp. Powered toothbrushes are ideal in this case.

Be Careful With Dentures

Just because dentures replace teeth doesn’t make them any less important. They should be handled with care, cleaned daily, and soaked often. A clean denture is a healthier one. These principles also apply to partial dentures and other appliances that could irritate the mouth.

Be Aware Of Changes In Your Mouth

Medications and just the factor of aging itself can affect the oral environment in surprising ways. Some common problems include:

  • Fungal infections (especially with a denture)
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum recession
  • Sensitive teeth

While these problems may be hard to avoid, there’s still something you can do. Good hygiene is critical to strengthening teeth. Your dentist will have suggestions for products and devices that make oral hygiene easy.

Most importantly, be reasonable in your expectations. Some age-related changes might make it harder to clean teeth. Focus on keeping yourself (or your loved one) comfortable and healthy.

Let your dentist help preserve you and your family’s smiles despite the challenges of aging. Contact your local dental office to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Noble Smiles Dentistry
9779 E. 146th St.
Noblesville IN 46060
(317) 893-3992

Jul
25

4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Jul
18

How to Get Affordable Dentures

Posted in Dentures

After hearing you need dentures, it can be hard to know where you should start.

Don’t just settle for the cheapest price you see advertised on the Internet. Before making a decision, make sure you understand how to get the best value for your budget. In many cases, there are hidden costs involved that you might not know about.

When Cheaper Is Not Better

Be wary of deals that sound “too good to be true.”

They probably are.

Dentistry is not cheap, so a shockingly low price indicates a lack of quality materials.

What’s more, that price tag may seem reasonable, but don’t forget about the other expenses associated with getting a denture:

  • Diagnostic fees
  • Lab fees
  • Adjustments
  • Repairs
  • Tooth extraction
  • Relines

Benefits Of A Quality Denture

Starting at about $800, you have a wide variety of denture options that can help you strike a balance between quality and cost.

A quality denture can give you:

  • A durable smile
  • Security and comfort
  • Natural-looking teeth
  • Free maintenance appointments
  • An included warranty

Shop Around

You’ll find the best deal on dentures just by taking your time to look around.

Visit your dentist to learn what kind of tooth replacement appliance you need. Once you know what to look for, it’s easier to get an idea of the price. You may consider visiting a denture provider in another area because the economy allows for lower prices there.

Financial Help For Dentures

Look into government financial aid programs to see if you qualify. Additionally, most dental offices offer CareCredit or in-office financing to make the treatment you need more accessible. Ask your dentist about these options.

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

Jul
12

Should You Get an Implant-Retained Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Many denture wearers reach a point where they’ve just about had it with their false teeth.

Some patients have a real problem with getting a denture to properly fit the lower half of their mouth. This can result in difficulty eating and speaking, sore gums, and even make socializing an unpleasant prospect.

If this describes you as well, then you could be a good candidate for an implant-retained denture.

What Is This Appliance?

It’s essentially just your denture with a couple extra attachments added. These sockets will click onto a few dental implants placed into your jaw at strategic points. For a secure fit, you may need as few as two implants.

The benefits of securing your denture with implants are:

– Greater support while chewing

– Increased comfort as the dentures won’t rest directly on your gums

– Better security while talking and laughing

– Reinforcement for your jawbone which tends to shrink from the pressure of regular dentures

What To Think About

Getting your denture outfitted to rest on implants doesn’t mean you can leave it there. You’ll still need to remove it daily for cleaning. But you can say goodbye to messy denture adhesives.

Implant surgery is safe for almost everyone. Still, you need to consult with your doctor and dentist before getting the implants to make sure that your body will welcome them.

If you’re sick of your lower denture sliding around with every bite, then now might be a good time to investigate the possibility of an implant denture.

Talk with your dentist to find out if and how many implants can keep your denture in place!

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

Jun
28

4 Reasons People Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures aren’t just a rite-of-passage for aged individuals! People of all ages and backgrounds could need false teeth for several different reasons.

  1. Severe Tooth Decay

Some people have had to get dentures at a fairly young age because they lost their teeth early on to rampant decay.

Some patients feel it’s not worth the effort to restore teeth with cavities and opt to have them pulled.

As a denture-alternative, many patients choose to get implants to support their tooth replacements. 

  1. Advanced Gum Disease

It’s a misconception that everyone loses their teeth as a result of aging. By taking good care of your gums, you can hold onto your teeth for as long as you want.

For some patients, however, it’s a little too late. In other cases, rare health conditions make it nearly impossible to keep teeth in place. For these individuals, dentures become their only shot at enjoying a functioning smile once again.

  1. Trauma From An Accident

Contact sports are a common cause of tooth-loss, especially in the front of the mouth.

After getting a tooth or two knocked out, you won’t necessarily need a full denture. As long as your remaining teeth are healthy, a partial denture will suffice.

  1. Damage From Oral Cancer

All kinds of cancers of the head and neck can affect jaw structure. Surgery to treat a dangerous growth can result in a loss of teeth. Patients who beat this disease may eventually decide to restore their smiles with a set of dentures.

Are you missing any teeth right now? Your dentist would be happy to show you how you can complete your smile with the help of dentures.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

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

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