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Sep
14

How Often Should Denture Patients Have Check-Ups?

Posted in Dentures

Just like traditional dental patients, denture patients need regular oral health check-ups as well! Although you may not have any “real” teeth that you need your dentist to check in on, there are several other reasons why a trip to the dentist should be on your agenda.

Denture patients that seek routine oral health exams will benefit from:

  • Oral cancer screenings and early disease diagnosis
  • Longer-lasting denture prosthetics
  • Better oral function and health

What happens during a dental exam if you don’t have any natural teeth? Plenty! Your dentist will first of all examine the fit of your dentures to make sure that you’re chewing with optimal function as well as avoiding any damage to your prosthesis. After your prosthesis is removed, your bone levels and tissues will also be examined. This helps determine whether or not you are experiencing any unnecessary bone loss or irritation to the soft tissues that lay under the dentures. Because these areas can be susceptible to infection or sores, overseeing the fit and wear of the prosthesis can prevent problems before they happen.

Another necessary step of your exam will include an oral cancer screening. You don’t have to be a smoker or drink alcohol to develop oral cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the better prognosis you’ll have for your treatment. Since most people don’t find oral cancer on their own until it is advanced, regular screenings provide your dentist with an opportunity to identify precancerous tissues at their earliest stages. Comprehensive x-rays can also pinpoint cysts or tumors before they become too invasive.

Visit your dentist every 6 months, or at the very minimum at least once per year to keep your smile healthy, no matter how many teeth you have.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates

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Jan
1

Caring for Dentures

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Caring for your dentures requires more specific care than you may have anticipated. Once you have gone through the process of getting properly fitted for your dentures, you can understand the desire to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Dentures are fabricated from plastic and metal, and to prevent damage and scratches they require certain cleaning materials and specialized preventative care. Dentures need to be soaked daily in a cleaning solution and brushed with a special denture brush. The brush will remove food particles, and the cleaning solution will help to prevent plaque buildup and odor. Rinsing your mouth daily with a mouthwash will also help to keep your mouth and dentures feeling fresh.

After wearing your dentures for a while they can begin to loosen in your mouth. Never try to adjust your dentures on your own. Your dentures were a large investment, and an improper adjustment can harm the structure of your appliance. Dentures that don’t fit properly can cause irritation and sores in the mouth and on the gums. These sores can turn into infection and cause further oral health problems.

Even when your dentures are removed, it is very important to take proper steps to care for the health of your mouth. It is important to brush your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth with a soft toothbrush every morning before putting dentures in. This will remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up naturally over night before placing dentures into your mouth.

With proper care of your dentures and your mouth, you can enjoy a full smile for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

Nov
7

Are You Considering Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are removable and should be removed for cleaning every day. Today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two main types of dentures: Full dentures and partial dentures. Your dentist will help you choose the denture that is best suited for your needs and finances.

There is much to consider when contemplating dentures.

  • Is this a replacement for an existing denture?
  • Is this an initial denture?
  • If this is an initial denture, how many teeth will need to be extracted?
  • Will your dentist extract the teeth or will you need to see an oral surgeon for extractions?
  • Is there a per tooth charge for extractions? What if an oral surgeon is involved? What fees do they have to extract teeth?
  • What lab fees will I have?
  • What will my insurance cover?

These are all questions you should discuss with your dentist.

Denture Followup

Be prepared to see your dentist, a lot, during this adjustment time to your new dentures. As your mouth swelling subsides, you will have sore spots from your denture rubbing your gums. It can take a few months for these spots to clear up, and you may need several denture adjustments from your dentist.  These dental appointments for adjustments to your denture will not cost you anything and are a normal part of the process.

Approximately 3 – 6 months after receiving your dentures, you will need to make another appointment with your dentist. Sometimes a relining of your dentures will be needed at this time. The swelling of your gums is completely gone and now your dentures may not fit as well. If this is the case, your dentist can send your dentures to a local dental lab technician who specializes in denture relines. If required, the extra expense is well worth the comfort achieved with a proper fit.

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

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