Dental Tips Blog

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

Jan
21

The Best Time to Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Whether you like the idea of dentures or not, they could be the ticket to keeping your smile strong and beautiful.

This is completely regardless of age. Getting false teeth is not the inevitable part of aging that many people believe it to be. It all depends on your dental needs.

At what point are dentures necessary?

When to Get a Denture

Signs you can benefit from new teeth include:

  • Extensive decay in many of your existing teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • “Long teeth” due to excessive gum recession
  • You have a hard time chewing food
  • You’re too embarrassed to smile around other people

Dentures aren’t just for people who have no teeth at all. If your existing teeth are few in number or in bad shape, your dentist may recommend extractions followed up with a dental prosthetic.

Don’t Wait Any Longer!

The good news is that you can avoid dentures simply by taking good care of your teeth.

But if your teeth are already done for, then it’s time to start warming up to the idea of a denture. Don’t put it off because the longer you go without teeth, the more your jawbone will deteriorate. The more this happens, the harder it will be to fit you for dentures.

In short, now is a good time to start investigating the possibility of a denture. Your dentist might feel that you’ve got enough teeth left to support restorations like crowns and bridges. After a professional dental evaluation, you’ll know for sure what your smile needs.

Are you ready to get your first denture?  Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jan
10

What You Should Know About Same-Day Dentures

Posted in Dentures

“Same day” or “immediate” dentures both refer to the same thing. These are false teeth delivered right after you get your existing teeth pulled. Because the dentures themselves take some time to make, you’ll help your dentist design them before having the extractions.

Traditional dentures require time for the gums to heal. With their same-day cousins, however, you don’t have to be toothless for weeks on end while healing or waiting on the finished product. On the very day you get your teeth pulled, your dentist delivers their new replacements.

Are you interested in immediate dentures? Here’s what you need to know.

Your New Denture Will Need Adjustments 

Placing your denture right away minimizes gum swelling. As your gums heal, however, the fit will change. It’s typical to need an adjustment within a couple weeks or months after the appointment.

Some Swelling and Discomfort is Inevitable 

Multiple extractions can sometimes result in bruising or swelling in other parts of your face. Using ice packs after surgery can minimize this. Your dentist will also prescribe an appropriate painkiller, if needed. Just keep in mind that while an immediate denture means you can keep your smile, you still won’t want to plan a family photoshoot for the next day!

You Must Stick to Certain Foods While Healing 

Avoid chewy and crunchy foods. For a few days, your diet should include things like:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Soup

If you still have hopeless existing teeth, they need to come out. Consider getting a same-day denture to replace them. Talk with your dentist to see whether it is the right option for you.

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

Jan
9

Scared to Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Getting dentures marks the start of a major life transition. Whether you face having your remaining teeth extracted or have been without teeth for some time, a new set of dentures will be an adjustment to anyone. It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit apprehensive!

Why You Dread Dentures. . . And Why You Don’t Need To

Most people feel that nothing else else says “age” quite like dentures do. Despite the stigma attached to dentures, even some fairly young people need these vital prosthetics, so they’re necessary “just for old people.”

Like other denture patients, you may worry that your new smile won’t look natural. Is this justified? Not anymore. Today’s dentures are custom-designed to suit your unique smile preferences. No one ever has to know that you’ve had dental work.

Maybe you fear not being able to chew or speak as well. Research shows that a denture is about 75% less effective than natural teeth when it comes to biting. But you’d be surprised at all you can manage with an accurately-fitted prosthetic, especially one supported by dental implants. It’s far better than having trouble eating!

What if your denture slides out of place? That can be prevented with four techniques:

  • Having the fit or liner adjusted by your dentist
  • Getting lots of practice
  • Using adhesive in for the first couple of weeks
  • Anchoring your denture to dental implants

Your dentist is your best resource for answering your denture questions. From extractions to healing, your provider will address every concern. “False teeth” get a bad rap, but the benefits of a well-made denture far outweigh the disadvantages. Schedule a consultation today – don’t let apprehension keep you from exploring the possibility of smiling with confidence!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Jan
8

5 Signs it’s Time for a Denture Adjustment

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture ready for an update? Perhaps even an complete upgrade? Here are five signs that you should schedule a visit with your dentist.

You’ve been reaching for that denture paste.

Every day, you’re layering on the denture adhesive. It’s not unusual to need some help in the very beginning when you’re still getting used to your new denture. But if you’ve been using an adhesive a lot more than usual, it’s a good sign that your denture has lost some of its essential and snug fit.

You notice sore spots on your gums.

When dentures start to loosen, they’ll rub and chafe against the soft tissue of tissues throughout your mouth. So if you’re finding raw spots on your gums that make it painful to wear a denture, you really should see your dentist right away.

You’re talking a little funny.

Remember how it took you a while to get used to talking with your denture when you first got it? If you’re once again having a hard time pronouncing words without your denture clicking, whistling or slipping out of place, then that means it needs to be adjusted due to anatomical changes in your mouth.

It’s been harder to chew the same foods.

Your denture needs some expert attention if it’s not staying securely in place. Even if you have a reliable technique for eating with loose dentures, it’s not good for your diet.

You’re embarrassed to wear your denture.

Does your denture just feel less secure? If you’re unusually hesitant about eating in public, then getting your denture adjusted could help you regain that confidence.

Call your dentist if you’re noticing any of these signs. It could be an easy, one-day fix!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000

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