Dental Tips Blog

Oct
30

How Are Dentures Made?

Posted in Dentures

Despite being false teeth, dentures are not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. To get a denture made is a lengthy and detailed process.

First of all, your dentist will capture a mold of your mouth as it is right now. He or she will do this by taking impressions with a putty-like material. Soon after these molds are done, they’re filled with liquid stone that sets up to create a cast replica of your gums.

These stone models are set up on a frame that lines them up to simulate how your jaw moves. That way, a dental lab can use the models to design teeth that fit together in a way that feels natural to you.

Dentures are created from materials like acrylic with the teeth occasionally being made of porcelain. The dental technician creates teeth that look just the way you told your dentist you wanted them to. These teeth are fastened to the stone model with wax. This wax can also be formed to resemble the fake gums on your denture.

After completing this “wax up,” the lab tech then packs it into a container filled with that liquid stone. Once the stone sets, the wax can be boiled and poured away. This leaves behind the teeth and a perfect outline for the acrylic gums to be poured into. The final result? A finished denture.

You’ll be going back and forth to your dentist’s multiple times over the course of this process. The lab and your dentist will need to verify that everything fits your mouth as planned. You also have the most say in how you want your denture teeth to look.

Find out more by calling your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

Sep
22

Dentures: How They’re Made

Posted in Dentures

Wondering how people get such realistic-looking “false teeth?”

Long gone are the days of using outdated materials or even natural wood/bone as they did in centuries prior to ours. Today’s denture process results in smiles that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Measuring Your Mouth

The first step in denture fabrication is determining your mouth’s shape so that a denture is the right size. A dentist starts by taking an impression with a putty material. Once the impression sets, it serves as the base for creating a cast model.

Stone models are then set up on an articulator, or frame, which helps the denture designers to determine at which point the teeth should meet.

Creating the Denture

Typically, the dentist sends the models and measurements to a dental lab for designing the actual denture. Some dentists are able to do it themselves.

Either way, the next step is placing wax over the model’s “gums.” Then, false teeth selected to match the shape you want are placed into the wax wherever teeth are needed.

Once the whole layout looks correct, the model gets put in liquid stone which holds the teeth in place when it hardens. After that sets, the wax in the model is boiled away and acrylic is poured in, to fill out the gums and palate.

The denture comes out ready for try-on.

Interested in a Denture?

Dentures are great substitutes for teeth that have been lost to decay, trauma, or gum disease.

But having a quality denture made can take a little time, what with all the adjusting and sending back-and-forth. Your new teeth could take around five separate appointments to have made.

So if you’re thinking about getting a denture, then contact your dentist soon to set up a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

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

Mar
27

Do You Need Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

Does every denture patient have to use denture adhesive?  There are many adhesive products available on the market. Each one is designed to encourage a more secure and comfortable fit between your artificial teeth and the supporting tissues of your mouth. Some common examples of adhesives include:

  • Denture Pastes or Glues sparingly applied to the dentures, stored in something that resembles a toothpaste tube.
  • Powders, that mix with your saliva.
  • Thin Liners, which are sheets that are moistened and then applied to the denture.

The product you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. While there are many options that promise a strong, all-day, secure fit, do you really need a denture adhesive?

Do You Need Adhesive or a Visit To Your Dentist?

If you’re new to wearing dentures, the newness of your prosthetic smile may create unease until you get used to them and feel more confident. But don’t jump to adhesive right away. In most cases, you just need a little time to adjust to the prosthesis.

Sometimes dentures are placed just after an extraction. As the area around the procedure heals, the gum may resorb creating a looser fit for the denture. Instead of opting for an adhesive, your dentist will need to adjust or re-line your prosthesis.

While denture adhesive can offer many benefits to give you a more confident smile, it should never be used to accommodate poor denture fit. A properly fitted denture, in most cases, shouldn’t need adhesive to stay in place. If your dentures don’t fit correctly, speak to your dentist about having them examined for fit or an adjustment.

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

Mar
13

The Woes Of Ill-Fitting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are an excellent alternative when you’ve suffered tooth loss.  They restore your beautiful smile, allowing you to speak and even eat as you did before.  In order to enjoy the benefits of dentures, they need to fit correctly.  When poor fit is left untreated, it can have negative consequences.

4 Symptoms That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Poor denture fit can be caused by natural, gradual bone and gum loss, poor craftsmanship or a worn out prosthesis. Many people mistake the warning signs of poor-fitting dentures as something normal.  Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

  • Pain and Irritation of the Mouth – When dentures don’t fit as they should, it can cause excessive movement and friction of the dentures against your gums.  Food particles may wedge under the denture when you’re eating and it also promotes an imbalance where the force of your bite is not properly distributed. This irritation and motion can lead to painful swelling and sores.
  • Infections Of The Gum Tissues – When irritation and inflammation are present, due to poor-fitting dentures, yeast and other bacteria flourish.  It may even result in unsightly infections in the corner of your mouth, where cracking and redness occur.
  • The Dentures Slip Out of Place – Not only is it embarrassing, but dentures that fall out frequently likely don’t fit as they should.  This can occur when you’re eating, biting or speaking to someone.
  • Headaches and Ear Pain – A poor denture fit can also cause a poor bite.  As a result, you may experience pain associated with your jaw muscles.  Headache, neck pain and ear pain that can’t be ignored, likely shouldn’t be.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of ill-fitting dentures, call your dentist today for a consultation or adjustment.  You and your smile are worth it!

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

Jan
26

Why You Should Bring Your Dentures In for a Check-Up

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are one option for replacing missing teeth in your mouth.  These are removable, false teeth that are made out of metal, plastic or nylon materials.  They are specifically made to fit over your gums in your individual mouth.  Sometimes, people mistakenly think that since they have “fake teeth” they no longer need to visit their dentist for a check-up.  This is simply not true.  Whether you have full or partial dentures, bringing them in for regular check-ups are very important.

What are some reasons why you should bring your dentures in for check-up visits?

  • Your gums and jawbone will shrink over time.  After a while, your dentures may not fit like they had before.  Your dentist would need to adjust or replace the dentures to make sure they fit correctly in your mouth.
  • Dentures can break or get worn out so it is important for your dentist to examine your dentures regularly to make sure they are in good condition so they can function properly
  • Dentists can help you with any issues you may be having, since they are aware of how dentures are supposed to function

Dentures are made to last a long time but it also depends on how well you take care of your dentures.  Along with routine check-ups, your dentures and gums should be cleaned daily at home.

Do you have full or partial dentures?  Do you feel discomfort when you wear them?  In any case, always make sure to bring your dentures in to your next dental exam appointment to have them examined along with the other tissues in your mouth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Jan
25

Why Do My Dentures Hurt?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are one of the necessary options for replacing teeth you have had pulled.  Sometimes, your dentures can start to cause soreness in your mouth.  What causes this to happen?

Here are some common complications that can cause discomfort with dentures:

  • Infections in your mouth
  • Irritation of your gums and mouth tissue
  • Dentures that are movable in your mouth

How can these problems be relieved and prevented? 

It is important for you to see your dentist immediately if you have any of the above issues, to prevent further complications.

Here are some tips for treating and preventing denture problems:

  • Ensure proper fit of dentures- Your bones and gums will change over time and that will cause your dentures to not fit properly.  See your dentist to adjust or replace your dentures for a proper fit.
  • Use adhesive- Use a little denture adhesive to help keep dentures secure in your mouth.
  • Daily cleaning of dentures and mouth- Daily, use a denture brush and a denture cleanser to clean your dentures.  Gently use a soft toothbrush to brush oral tissues, to clean, and help prevent odor and infections
  • Don’t sleep with dentures- The tissues in your mouth need to have a break from your dentures each night to help fight oral yeast infections.
  • Proper Denture Storage- Soaking dentures each night in a denture cleaner to help keep them clean.

Are you having pain or discomfort with your dentures?  Call your dentist for an exam right away to ensure your dentures are fitting properly and to get further advice on how to treat your individual condition.

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

Dec
28

Tips to Get Used to Your New Denture

Posted in Dentures

Adjusting to a new denture can take some practice. With a little time and some patience, new denture wearers can feel confident in their new smile in no time.

Here are a few ways to get started:

Wear Your Dentures All Day

One of the most common mistakes new denture wearers make is to take their denture out because it doesn’t feel comfortable enough. However, adjusting to your denture is like adjusting to a new pair of shoes – they both need plenty of time to break them in. If you wear your dentures all day (taking them out at night, of course,) you will have an easier time getting used to them.

Practice Talking – to Yourself! 

At first, talking may feel funny. You might even sound as if you are slurring a few of your words. The best thing to do is practice talking with your dentures in. Practice at home, in the car, in front of your bathroom mirror, and eventually on short phone conversations. The more practice you get, the easier it will be to accommodate your oral muscles to speaking with a removable dental prosthesis.

Start with Softer, Smaller Foods

Don’t go out for a steak dinner on your first night in your new dentures. Start at home with some softer foods, such as steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or Salisbury steak. Cut your food up small and start easy. Once you feel comfortable with that, move up to slightly larger pieces of food or foods with more texture to them.

Don’t rush yourself. Everyone will get used to their new denture – it just takes patience sometimes.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Nov
22

Three Signs That Your Denture Needs to be Adjusted

Posted in Dentures

An ill-fitting denture isn’t just an inconvenience, but it can cause some serious damage to your mouth. Adhesives can help, but they will only work temporarily. So before you load up your denture with messy denture pastes, check for these signs that your denture should be readjusted and schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Slipping and Clicking Noises When You Talk or Eat

If you’ve noticed any strange noises or movements from your denture while you’re chewing, that could be a sign that they need to be adjusted. Well-fitting dentures are meant to fit snugly and give you a secure bite. You also should not feel too embarrassed to talk. Dentures that slip around when you are trying to say something can make you very self-conscious. Clacking dentures are not normal!

Sore Spots on Your Gums, Cheeks, or Roof of Your Mouth

Loose dentures will chafe the soft tissue of your gums and inside of your mouth. These sores can make wearing your denture very painful. Eating may also become unpleasant. You don’t have to suffer in silence – have your denture adjusted so that you have a secure fit once again.

Changes in the Shape of Your Smile

The bone that your dentures fit over can be gradually worn away from the pressure of wearing a denture. This is typical, and with time, will eventually alter the height of your smile. This is the reason the fit of the dentures change, and they will need to be adjusted to conform to your mouth’s new shape.

If your denture shows signs of not fitting well, contact your dentist for an adjustment and experience a strong bite again!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Jul
24

3 Characteristics of a Great Fitting Denture

Posted in Dentures

To be happy with your denture, you need to be sure that it fits great. Otherwise it can cause problems day after day that leave you feeling miserable, self-conscious and prevent you from doing everyday activities like talk on the phone or enjoy a meal.

Here are 3 signs that you should look for in a great fitting denture:

Stability Without Adhesives or Pastes

With a properly fitted denture, you should be able to talk and eat without your denture lifting out of place. Adhesives and pastes simply buy you time between denture relining or fitting, but they don’t solve the problem. The right denture will seal against your gum tissues, creating suction that holds in in place all day long. Wearing your denture too long may lead to bone loss, which causes the denture to lose this suction. 

No Sore Spots

If your denture is wearing on parts of your mouth, creating sore spots or open wounds, you need to see a dentist. This is probably due to changes in your bone anatomy, weight loss, or extensive wear of your prosthesis. You may only need an adjustment or a reline to help the denture fit better.

Give it Time

If your denture is new, it may take some practice to get used to wearing it. You may need to wear the denture all day for several days before you feel comfortable talking or eating with it, but slowly and surely you will grow more acclimated to the prosthesis. If after a month or so you are still having problems, call your dentist.

Remember, denture patients need dental checkups too! See your dentist for a denture exam and oral cancer screening every 6 months.

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

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