Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Loose Dentures? Consider Getting Them Retrofitted for Dental Implants

Posted in Dentures

Wearing dentures can take a lot of practice to get used to. If you’re new to one of these prosthetics, you’ve had to take time to work on everything from talking to chewing your food. But what if it feels like your denture still isn’t sticking in place like it should? Especially for people with lower dentures, this can be a big problem.

Fortunately, there’s a better option than using gooey adhesives or messy pastes to keep your teeth in place. You could talk to your dentist about retrofitting your denture so that it snaps over dental implants.

Snap in Dentures and Implant Locators

Implant locators are small abutments that extend above your gumlines, on top of the implant that’s inserted into your jaw. They act as anchors that fit into your denture, so that you can “snap” your prosthesis down on top of them.

In some cases, all you need is two implants to give you the stability that you need.

Having an overdenture that’s removable makes it easier to keep your prosthesis clean, care for your gums, and still get the added benefit of implant stabilization.

What Other Options Are There? 

You could always talk about having your dentist reline your denture so that it fits more snuggly against your teeth. Or if your denture needs to be replaced entirely, you might want to consider a permanent option that’s affixed directly onto four to six implants and never comes out of place (it’s only removable by your dentist.)

Talk to your dentist or implant provider to see if an implant retained denture is the right option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

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

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

Dec
18

Implants – Better Than Dentures?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s easy to think that dental implants are just a pricey alternative to the time-tested and reliable denture.

In actuality, implant technology has some significant advantages over the classic teeth-replacement option. When we talk about implants, this doesn’t mean getting a little screw placed into each and every spot that a tooth should be.

Just a few implants could be an alternative to a traditional denture.

All on Four or Six

A full denture rests directly on your gums. This usually isn’t a problem for an upper denture, but you may find that a lower one tends to slip and slide a bit.

To counter this, dentist can place as few as four conservative little implants in your jaw in key locations. These implants can hold your denture securely in place far better than any denture adhesive will manage!

If you want to take this a step further, there are techniques using a few more implants to anchor a permanent dental prosthesis.

Why Give Dental Implants a Try?

The following list is pretty general as far as how implant technology is an improvement over a simple denture. Upon giving implants a try, you might discover many more reasons why you love having implants in your life!

  • No risk of having your teeth click around or fall out
  • No more messy denture adhesives
  • Eat more of the foods you love
  • Smile with confidence
  • No more nightly cleanings (with a permanent non-removable prosthesis)
  • No more denture sores
  • Save your smile when you reinforce the bone in your jaw with implants

See your dentist for an evaluation to determine whether implants are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
(469) 672-4245

Dec
28

How to Care for Your Removable Overdentures

Posted in Dentures

Your new implant overdentures give you confidence to smile among your friends and eat your favorite foods. Like natural teeth, your new dentures also require special care and maintenance to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are a few things you need to know:

Soak Your Dentures Overnight

Remove your overdenture each night and soak it in a denture solution to remove loose debris and stain particles. This step also helps you keep your oral tissues healthy. Wearing any type of removable denture too long may put you at risk of infection under your prosthesis. Taking it out at night allows your gum tissues to breathe, and is also beneficial to the bone that supports your dental implants.

Use the Right Brush and Cleanser

Abrasive pastes or brushes may cause microscopic scratches over the surface of your new denture. Stick to a soft denture brush that is not used on any other appliances (or your teeth,) and a gentle denture cleansing paste. Stay away from baking soda or other harsh pastes.

You Don’t Need Adhesive

The biggest reason why people choose implant overdentures is because the implants secure the denture in place. That means you never have to use adhesives or pastes under the denture. If something feels loose or not quite right, don’t mask it with denture adhesive. Instead, see your dentist for an adjustment or denture reline if it is needed.

See Your Dentist

Be sure to see your dentist regularly, and make sure to bring your implant overdenture with you. Your dentist can help you keep your dentures clean and fitting properly for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Oct
27

Care and Maintenance of Your All-on-4 Denture

Posted in Dental Implants

Your new All-on-4 Denture has been a life-changer! Next on the list is properly caring for your All-on-4 Denture so that you can experience its benefits indefinitely.

Clean Your Denture

Anything in your mouth – whether your tongue, natural teeth, implants, or dentures – needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent harmful bacterial buildup. Bacteria can cause bad breath and irritation to soft tissues in the mouth. Just as with a regular denture, it is essential that you remove your All-on-4 Denture at night and clean it regularly. Give your mouth a chance to “breathe!”

Clean your denture with a soft denture brush and the cleaning products our dentist recommends. Using the wrong product can damage your denture or its metal attachments.

Freshen Your Mouth

Gently brush your mouth daily with a soft toothbrush and warm water. Make sure to thoroughly scrub your tongue, the insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. You may want to use an antimicrobial mouthwash to prevent bad breath, so ask our hygienist which products are right for you.

Maintain Your Implants

Even though it is not a natural tooth, an implant is still prone to failure because of gum infection. Prevent bacterial buildup and gum inflammation by gently cleaning around your implant abutments with a soft yarn or fluffy, fibrous floss. Some patients find a water flosser to be very helpful.

Make Office Visits a Priority

Your All-on-4 Dentures may seem invincible compared with natural teeth, but they still require maintenance through regular office visits. When you visit your dentist for a checkup, he will ensure that the gums are healthy, the dentures fit well, and the abutments and clips are up-to-date.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Oct
25

Should I Get An Implant-Supported Denture?

Posted in Dental Implants

There are now variations to traditional dentures and partials made possible by implant technology. Implants allow for a more secure and permanent fit of replacement teeth. If you haven’t considered them before, you may interested in learning how implant-supported dentures could benefit you.

How Implant-Supported Dentures Work

Implants are biocompatible metal screws that are securely anchored into the bone where a tooth used to be. These are used to anchor an entire arch of teeth. After surgery for the placement of the implants, you will be fitted for a denture that suits your bite. An implant-supported denture can be placed on the top and/or bottom of the mouth and can complement a regular denture.

The Benefits

These dentures give back much of your biting force that was lost when using regular dentures, alone. The implants prevent further bone loss and reduce the likelihood of gum irritation. The dentures snap off and on the implants, making for easy cleaning, but are secure enough that you don’t need to worry about them falling out while you eat or talk.

The Responsibility

Implant-supported dentures still need to be removed and cleaned daily as regular dentures do. Use a denture cleaner, and follow the instructions of your dentist. Although you will have a strong biting force, take care to avoid biting very hard foods that could damage the material of the denture. Clean around the implants carefully with soft floss or yarn to keep the gums around the implants healthy.

Talk to your dentist to learn more about how you can once again enjoy a strong bite and smile with confidence.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
9

3 Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

Posted in Dental Implants

If conventional, removable dentures are not right for you – then you ought to consider a new approach. Implant supported dentures have many benefits that traditional dentures do not. Here are a few to consider:

You Won’t Ever Need Adhesives or Pastes Ever Again

The biggest benefit to implant supported dentures is the stability that you enjoy all day long. Your denture won’t rock or slip out of place. It will fit snuggly all day long, without denture pastes or adhesives. If you’ve struggled to get your denture to fit comfortably, regularly get sore spots, or relining hasn’t worked – then implants will give you security like nothing else can.  

Smile, Talk and Eat with Confidence

When you don’t have to worry about a denture slipping and sliding out of place, you can go about business as usual. Meeting friends for a lunch date or smiling in public won’t be a barrier anymore. Implants add stability to your denture that allows you to enjoy your favorite foods again. The natural design will give you confidence to smile and talk in social settings without worrying about what someone else might see.  

You’ll Enjoy the Most Natural Feeling Denture Possible

Depending on the type of implant-supported denture that you choose, you may feel like you’re back in your real teeth again. Implant dentures are designed to be slimmer and less bulky than traditional dentures. The minimalist design will help you retain natural bone height and actually strengthen your jaws – something that removable dentures don’t do!

Enjoy the freedom of smiling again! Ask your dentist if implant dentures are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

Mar
19

Choosing the Best Dental Implant Restoration

Posted in Dental Implants

With dental implants it’s possible to have just about any type of dental restoration for your tooth replacement needs. Depending on the number of teeth you’re actually missing, the type of treatment you decide on can be fairly straightforward.

Implant CrownsCrowns are used for individual tooth replacement. Each porcelain crown is cemented to a single implant, creating the function of an entirely new tooth. You can replace nearly any tooth in your mouth with an implant and crown, because they are so stable. 

Implant BridgesBridges replace multiple teeth at one time. They are similar to having 3 or 4 crowns fused side-by-side. A functional crown is on each end of the bridge, with false crowns suspended between the two. Each end must be anchored onto an implant. Unlike traditional dental bridges, implant bridges provide patients with the opportunity to replace several more teeth at once. 

Fixed Implant DenturesSince implants are extremely strong, as few as 4 of them can support an entire full-mouth denture. Implant supported dentures are more streamlined, freeing up additional space in the mouth. This makes it easier to talk, eat, and provides additional comfort than conventional denture treatments. The best thing about it being that the denture stays in place – permanently!

Dental implant roots are extremely successful treatments that have the potential to last for the rest of your life. When cared for properly, the restorations placed over the implant can last for several years. You can enjoy the look and feel of a natural smile all over again when you choose dental implants. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out more about what dental implants can do for your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Feb
3

Overdentures: What Are They?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that there are different types of dentures that are held in your mouth using different methods? In the perfect world, you would never need adhesives or pastes to secure your denture. It would simply stay in place using suction. For some people that isn’t enough though, and something else is needed to help them keep their dentures secure. Thus, dental implants are introduced and there are two types of implant-supported dentures, one being the overdenture.

Overdentures are removable dentures that can be taken in and out when desired, but they are still anchored onto permanent implant roots. These few implant roots offer just enough security to keep your implant from rocking back and forth throughout the day or coming out of place when you depend on it the most.

For most patients, overdentures can be placed the very same day as your dental implants. They help reduce discomfort and protect the surgical site as it heals, beginning from day one. In return, the implants provide just enough stability to the denture to keep it in place, giving you the results that you need. Overdentures offer more freedom when you want to smile with confidence and enjoy meals with family and friends. When you don’t know where else to turn and need something that will improve your smile along with your quality of life, it’s time to ask your dentist about overdentures.

Your dentist can help you decide whether or not overdentures are an ideal option for you. One of the biggest factors will depend on the health of your jaws and bone levels in the areas where the implants need to be placed.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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