Dental Tips Blog

Jan
7

3 Reasons It’s a Good Idea to Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

When it comes down to it, dentures will never totally make up for what your natural teeth could do. But this doesn’t mean that no teeth at all is the better option.

Here are three reasons you should think about getting dentures instead of going toothless:

  1. Strong Smile Support

Try telling yourself you don’t ever need to smile around people you love. A denture doesn’t just give you teeth to smile with, but it helps provide shape and support for your smile and facial profile. Going teeth-and-denture-free will cause your mouth to collapse in on itself sooner.

  1. Eat What You Need

Here’s the obvious and most important reason to get a denture: you’re just not going to get the nutrition your body needs without a way to chew. Not everything tastes good blended and eaten through a straw.

Vitamins and nutrients like fiber are best taken in through natural food sources. Soft foods tend to lack the variety of vitamins your body needs. A denture is crucial to your nutrition.

  1. The Chance to Fix All You Ever Wanted to About Your Smile

It’s not recommended to pull out strong, healthy teeth while you still have some left. But when you do choose to get dentures, you’ll have the freedom to choose things like:

  • Gum color
  • Tooth size, shape, and color
  • The look and feel of your bite (you can correct that overbite or buck toothed-look you used to have)

Finally, you can get that perfect look you’ll be happy to show off!

Are you ready for a denture? Talk to your dentist for more information.

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

Jun
22

Getting the Most Mileage Out of Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

Just because you now have a denture doesn’t mean that you can afford to neglect the health of your smile!

A beautiful smile, fresh breath, and a comfortable bite all depend upon closely following the care instructions your dentist gives you. Let’s take a moment to review some of the most important points so that you can get the most out of your new prosthesis.

Cleaning Your Denture

Use only an approved cleaning solution to remove debris from your denture. For one, they need moisture! At least soak them in water when they’re not in use. This will help your artificial teeth to retain a comfortable fit and texture for a long while.

Brush your appliances daily with a soft denture brush to preserve their texture and detail. Using abrasive brushes and sharp tools can cause damage that’s not easily fixed.

Caring For Your Mouth

Always remove your denture at night to allow your mouth itself to “breathe.” This is like taking your shoes off before going to bed! Carefully check your mouth for sore spots and discolored patches that could indicate your appliance isn’t fitting right.

Keep Your Denture Safe!

Keep all of your prosthesis out of reach of small children and pets that would be inclined to play with or chew on them. If your denture does experience an unfortunate accident, don’t try to adjust or glue it yourself – this can cause more damage than good.

Keep Your Dental Appointments!

Regular dental visits allow your dentist to check up on the health of your mouth and the fit of your dentures. Learn more about the care your denture needs when you call your local dental office and schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Sep
27

Basic Information About Dentures

Posted in Dentures

It is estimated that about 25% of the American population over the age of 65 have lost most or all of their teeth.  Of these older Americans, over 90% will turn to dentures to replace their missing teeth.  Dental implants are a better solution for missing teeth for many reasons, but the majority of older Americans rely on dentures primarily due to the lower initial cost.

Dentures are a removable prosthetic replacement for missing teeth.  Full or complete dentures replace all of the person’s teeth and partial dentures replace some of the missing teeth.  Complete dentures can be upper dentures, lower dentures, or both.

Standard dentures generally take four to eight weeks to be made.  Rather than wait for their dentures, many patients opt for immediate dentures.  These are made ahead of time and are ready when your teeth are removed.  Immediate dentures help in the healing process and eliminate the waiting period before the dentures are ready.  However, immediate dentures are more expensive and need more adjustments in the first few months than standard dentures.

Dentures are held in place by suction.  Dentures must fit properly to achieve good suction.  After getting dentures, your jawbones will begin to recede and the shape of your gums will change.  As this happens your dentures will need to be adjusted for a good fit.  Denture adhesives can help slipping dentures, but regular adjustments are the best solution for holding dentures in place.  Dentures are removed at night for cleaning.

It takes a few weeks for most new denture wearers to get used to their dentures. They may be a little uncomfortable at first and it will take awhile to get used to eating with dentures. Experts recommend starting with soft foods and gradually returning to your normal diet.

Speech can also be affected.  Some words may be difficult to say properly with your new dentures.  Practicing these words out loud can help resolve any speech issues.

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