Dental Tips Blog

Mar
31

The Truth About False Teeth

Posted in Dentures

Dentures certainly have a stigma attached to them. They seem to indicate diminished beauty, health, and age. Some people are afraid to have their teeth extracted to get a denture. Others worry that their denture will look fake or be uncomfortable.

What are dentures really like?

No One Has to Know

Dentures are made to look far more realistic than ever before. They don’t come in a uniform style. If you get dentures, they can even be made to resemble your original teeth, imperfections and all. Tooth alignment, color, gum color and contour – all of that can be made to reflect your original (or ideal) smile.

Bring in photos of the smile you want and your dentist will design the denture based on that.

A denture today will fit far better than you remember your parents’ dentures fitting. Dentures are made to closely fit the gums using the lightest material possible, like acrylic. Some dentures even rest on implants for a more stable bite.

Modern denture technology means you’re less likely to have your teeth fall out at inopportune moments!

Getting a Denture Doesn’t Have to Hurt

It’s all about preparation. If you carefully follow instructions for preparing for extractions and healing, things should go smoothly. Dental sedation may even be a practical aid to getting you through any needed surgeries or extractions.

Your dentist will help you to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the transition to false teeth. Don’t be shy about asking any questions or voicing any concerns.

You may yet have other options for replacing lost teeth. Schedule a visit with your dentist to find out which restorative option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Mar
30

How Much Does it Cost to Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

For some folks, dentures are a costly investment.

If you are deciding whether or not to get false teeth, you’re understandably worried about the investment.

Take a minute to consider what dentures actually cost and then decide for yourself – are they really worth it to you?

What Factors In?

Dentures never come at a one-price-fits-all deal. They can range in cost from a few hundred dollars to nearly $8,000. The price varies depending on how detailed your dentures are, what they’re made from, where you get them from, and how much your insurance covers.

Besides the dentures themselves, you’re looking at expenses for:

  • Evaluations and x-rays
  • Manufacturing fees
  • Adjustments and relines
  • Surgery or extractions (if needed)

Clearly, it gets a little tricky to estimate the cost of dentures!

If you still have plenty of fully functioning teeth left, don’t be in a hurry to get them pulled. You could save a lot more money by just taking care of the teeth you have rather than exchanging them for dentures.

On the other hand, just deciding to go ahead with dentures could be the wiser route. That’s only if you would be throwing away cash to repair teeth with no hope of staying intact for long.

Are Dentures Right for You?

Bear in mind that the “cost” of dentures involves more than just the price tag.

Before making a decision, you’ll need to think about what you may sacrifice by getting (or not getting) dentures. Carefully weigh your priorities and get some help in determining the right choice for you.

Contact your dentist to get a full dental check-up as well as a treatment cost estimate for dentures or other options like implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Jun
28

4 Reasons People Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures aren’t just a rite-of-passage for aged individuals! People of all ages and backgrounds could need false teeth for several different reasons.

  1. Severe Tooth Decay

Some people have had to get dentures at a fairly young age because they lost their teeth early on to rampant decay.

Some patients feel it’s not worth the effort to restore teeth with cavities and opt to have them pulled.

As a denture-alternative, many patients choose to get implants to support their tooth replacements. 

  1. Advanced Gum Disease

It’s a misconception that everyone loses their teeth as a result of aging. By taking good care of your gums, you can hold onto your teeth for as long as you want.

For some patients, however, it’s a little too late. In other cases, rare health conditions make it nearly impossible to keep teeth in place. For these individuals, dentures become their only shot at enjoying a functioning smile once again.

  1. Trauma From An Accident

Contact sports are a common cause of tooth-loss, especially in the front of the mouth.

After getting a tooth or two knocked out, you won’t necessarily need a full denture. As long as your remaining teeth are healthy, a partial denture will suffice.

  1. Damage From Oral Cancer

All kinds of cancers of the head and neck can affect jaw structure. Surgery to treat a dangerous growth can result in a loss of teeth. Patients who beat this disease may eventually decide to restore their smiles with a set of dentures.

Are you missing any teeth right now? Your dentist would be happy to show you how you can complete your smile with the help of dentures.

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

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

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

Nov
24

How Long Will it Take for Me to Get Used to a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Getting your first denture is definitely a challenging transition. It’s not easy to get used to what feels like a bulky appliance at first.

What can you expect with your first denture? What can help you adapt?

Be Patient!

Not everyone has the same experience when it comes to wearing dentures for the first time. But a lot of patients report that they felt pretty used to their dentures within a few days after receiving them.

The important thing is that you don’t get frustrated if you feel that it’s taking you longer than the “average” time frame to adjust!

The First Few Days

You may feel like you’re drooling a lot with a denture. This is because your mouth has to accept the fact that it will be housing an object that’s not food. The denture may feel quite bulky, at first. Today’s dentures are carefully fitted to match every curve in your mouth with as little bulk as possible, but even that will take a little getting used to.

Tricks for Adjusting to Life with a Denture

To make your transition as smooth as possible, try the following tips:

  • Practice eating and talking at home for a few days before taking your denture public
  • Wear a denture adhesive to give yourself peace of mind until you have confidence in your denture
  • Cut food into smaller-than-usual sized pieces to make them more manageable

You will get the hang of using a denture sooner than you realize. Your dental team is ready to answer your questions, provide you with suggestions, and cheer you on! Contact them with any denture concerns you may have.

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

Sep
15

Do I Really Need New Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Because they’re not real teeth, it may seem that dentures should last forever. In actuality, they experience just as much wear as regular teeth do. It’s true that they won’t develop cavities, but your dentures can still face a few other problems that you should be on the lookout for.

The Effects of Wear and Tear

Denture experience a lot of abuse! They can be easily worn or damaged by things like:

  • Extended use
  • Accidental drops
  • Household pets
  • The wrong cleaning product or tool

Denture materials are not invincible. Professional repair is your safest and healthiest option. If damage is too extensive, replacement is your only option.

Dentures Should Not Be Uncomfortable or Loose!

When you wear a denture, the shape of your mouth changes over time. These changes will mean that your denture—being custom-designed to fit your mouth—will become loose and start to pinch and slip.

So with time, your denture will need adjustments. But you can only do so many adjustments before a denture needs to be replaced, entirely! On average, dentures should be replaced every 5 years.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

A beat-up denture tends to host higher numbers of bacteria. A scratches and nicks in the denture can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. These scratches provide more hiding places for germs and food. This debris can cause some serious irritation.

Getting a fresh denture every several years is a good way to ensure that your mouth stays healthy!

Visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups. Even though you may not have any teeth that need a exam, dental appointments are still important. Your dentist will assess the health of your mouth and make sure that your denture is still in good working order!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Aug
19

Will Anyone Be Able to Tell That I’m Wearing Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Getting dentures for the first time can make you feel very insecure. It’s common to worry about what others will notice or think.

A Natural Look

A denture is crafted to match your unique smile. The color of the gums and teeth on the denture are selected to complement the colors and shapes in your personal characteristics. The teeth can even be made to resemble how your original teeth appeared!

So don’t worry – your smile won’t be a row of square, laser-white false teeth! When customized to your unique look, your denture doesn’t have to tip anyone off to the fact that you’re wearing false teeth.

Be Patient and Practice!

Be patient! Wear your denture as long as you can each day. Practice eating at home. Cut food into smaller-than-usual bites and work your way up to normal-sized bites. Give it a little time and you’ll soon feel confident that you can eat and talk without any embarrassing slipping or clicking.

Make Your Bite Secure

At first, you might not believe that you can actually chew food with this new prosthesis in your mouth. Using a denture adhesive in the early weeks may help give you a greater sense of security. Later, you won’t need the “training wheels” and can forget the pastes or strips.

Implants are a great option for securing false teeth. If you find that you don’t trust the feel of regular dentures, then implant therapy can give you a secure, natural-looking bite that everyone will believe is real!

Your local dental team has a lot of experience with dentures. They will help you to successfully transition into a lifestyle with false teeth and answer all of your questions.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Aug
18

When Should My Denture Be Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Did you just get dentures for the first time?

A denture can’t compare to natural teeth, but it is essential to helping you enjoy the best quality of life possible. You want this new prosthesis to last as long as possible.

Here’s what you need to know:

How They Fit Your Mouth

Dentures put a little pressure on your gums and underlying bone because that’s what they rely on for support. Over time, this pressure can cause the bone to slowly resorb. As your mouth changes shape, your denture will lose that perfect fit.

Your prosthesis will need to be adjusted to fit these changes. After a few years, however, it may become necessary to replace it altogether.

Dentures Take Some Hard Knocks!

Besides the normal wear, dentures can be damaged if they are dropped or even chewed up by a pet. A lot of surprising things can happen to dentures!

When damaged, you should bring your denture to your dentist for examination and repair. Don’t try to fix it yourself! Your dentist can use safe materials and techniques for repairing your denture or make a new one, if necessary.

Getting the Most of Your Prosthesis

With proper care and handling, a denture can last an average of five to ten years. Depending on the needs of your mouth, you could make it several years before your denture even needs an adjustment.

Your dentist is your best resource for denture care and advice. Enjoy life with a comfortable, effective, and durable smile by keeping a regular schedule of dental checkups – even if you wear dentures. With proper care and cleaning, your prosthesis will last you many years!

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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