Dental Tips Blog

Mar
27

Get a Denture for Just One Tooth

Posted in Dentures

Even if you have at least 27 other fully-functioning teeth, that one missing tooth can seem like it’s ruining your life.

Too many people hide their smiles in shame because of a gaping hole in their grin.

If that describes you, then a denture could be just what you need.

What Kind Of Denture?

Don’t worry – you shouldn’t need to have any more teeth extracted!

You may actually qualify for what’s called a partial denture. Like any denture, this is made from a pink acrylic to match your gums. Partial dentures may have metal or acrylic clasps to anchor onto neighboring teeth while it holds a false tooth suspended over the gap.

Life With A Partial Denture

No one has to ever know that you wear the appliance unless you tell them.

You will have to remove your partial denture at night to clean it and soak it in a denture-safe solution. Occasional checkups with your dentist will ensure a snug, clean, and comfortable fit at all times.

Alternatives To A Partial Denture

If you find that life with a partial denture isn’t right for you, then you might want to consider getting a dental implant to fill the empty space. But for the time being, a partial is a fairly quick and noninvasive way to complete your smile.

For a fast fix, you can also opt for a crown-and-bridge restoration. This technique caps two natural teeth and uses them as the support for a false tooth. The downside is that the procedure is not reversible.

To find out whether a removable false tooth (partial denture) is right for you, schedule a visit at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Jun
20

Is There a Difference Between Flippers and Partials?

Posted in Dentures

For the most part, the terms “flipper” and “partial denture” are interchangeable in everyday language.

Getting technical, however, a flipper is more of a subset (and temporary) type of partial denture.

What Do Partial Dentures Do?

A partial denture is a removable plate with one or more artificial teeth that anchors onto your existing teeth. Partials come in a variety of styles with many different kinds of clasps or bases. Your dentist will help you find out which type is best for you.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a partial denture would complete your smile and give you a little more help with chewing.

What Makes A Flipper Different

A true flipper is more of a temporary partial denture used for aesthetic purposes. It’s usually made of only acrylic and has no attachments that rest on your other teeth. Because it simply rests against your gums and palate, wedged between your teeth, it’s possible to just “flip” the prosthetic around with your tongue. That is one reason it’s called a “flipper.”

Does It Matter Which You Choose?

Actually, you don’t really get a choice in this matter. It comes down to what you need at the time.

Partial dentures require some maintenance, but they can be a lifelong solution. A flipper, on the other hand, is what you might get the day of a tooth extraction. It temporarily fills in a gap while you wait on your permanent bridge, partial denture, or dental implant to be completed.

Flippers are not as expensive as partials, but that’s because they won’t last anywhere near as long.

Ask your dentist for more information on the tooth replacement option that’s perfect for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

May
1

Is a Dental Bridge a Good Idea? Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted in Dental Bridges

Lots of patients choose to replace missing teeth by spanning the gap with a dental bridge, also called partial dentures. What works for one person doesn’t mean it’s the solution for everyone, however.

Here are some things to consider when you’re planning to replace a few missing teeth with partial dentures.

How Long Do You Want the Restoration to Last?

Some people are under the mistaken opinion that a bridge is the ultimate solution. They feel that once it’s in place, it’s not going anywhere. That’s not exactly true.

As with any other dental restoration, a bridge will wear down and need an update, at some point down the road. The issue here is that every time your bridge is replaced, it weakens the teeth that anchor it in place.

Can You Keep a Bridge Clean?

A bridge is a great way to restore your bite so that you can chew with confidence. As long as you are able to take good care of your bridge, it will last you a long time. Proper care includes flossing around the teeth that support the bridge and cleaning underneath it, as well.

Will Your Other Teeth Support a Bridge?

Sometimes, the teeth on either side of the gap are just too weak to survive the process of having crowns placed on them. If your dentist determines that to be the case, he or she will let you know what your other options are.

Your Best Smile Restoration Option

Eventually, some patients decide that a removable partial denture is best for them. Others prefer the permanence and convenience of dental implants. Consult your dentist to find out whether or not a bridge is right for you.

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

Feb
14

Caring for Your Partial Denture

Posted in Dentures

Your partial denture is an indispensable part of your daily routine. You can’t leave the house without it! A dental prosthetic doesn’t just help you chew. . . it completes your smile. Without it, you probably look like a whole different person.

How can you get the most mileage out of your partial?

Safe and Effective Partial Cleaning

To keep your dental appliance clean and strong:

  • Use a mild soap or approved denture cleaner on a daily basis
  • Brush with a soft denture brush
  • Clean thoroughly around each attachment
  • Rinse your partial well before putting it back in your mouth

Let Your Mouth Breathe

Your dentist will probably recommend that you take your partial denture out at night. This gives your oral tissues a chance to relax and protects your partial if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Keep your appliance moist by soaking in a solution your dentist suggests. If it dries out, it can lose its shape.

When It Stops Fitting Comfortably

You should NEVER force your partial in. Doing so can damage the clasps or attachments that hold it in place. If you ever notice that it’s not fitting the way it used to, let your dentist know fairly quickly.

If your partial is not seated evenly, it could chafe, press against your gums or the roof of your mouth. Annoying though this may be, don’t undertake to adjust it yourself. Schedule a dental visit to have it adjusted.

Getting used to a new partial denture can be a frustrating journey – at first. Contact your dental team for help along the way and you’ll be smiling with confidence for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Nov
30

Which is Right for You: A Full or Partial Denture?

Posted in Dentures

As the names imply, a partial is not a complete denture. It only replaces a few teeth while a full denture replaces all the teeth.

Like many other patients, you might face this choice: do you have your last remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a full denture, or fill in the gaps with a partial?

Keep it Conservative with a Partial

Partials replace a limited number of missing teeth. If you’re only missing one or two teeth, then it makes sense to replace those with a partial. Why pull all the healthy teeth?

A partial needs to be removed and cleaned daily, just like a full denture. For a partial to work, you do need to have some healthy teeth left for the partial to clip around.

When a Full Denture is Best

Maybe you have one or two healthy teeth left, but without healthy neighbors, they won’t do you much good. In this case, you might opt to pull them to get a full denture and replace everything at once – especially if your few remaining teeth are starting to wear out.

A denture provides support to maintain your smile’s structure and let you chew with a full set of teeth. Just remember that a denture won’t do what your natural teeth used to. Don’t be in a hurry to replace healthy teeth with a denture unless it’s absolutely necessary.

A Matter of Preference

In the end, it comes down to what’s most important to you. Do you want to hold onto your healthy natural teeth as long as possible if that means completing your smile with a partial? Or are you ready to switch to the simplicity of a denture?

Your general dentist is in the best position to give you personalized advice about which dental prosthesis is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Nov
26

Is a Partial Denture Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

When you’re missing a tooth or two, you notice the difference.

A gap in your smile can make you camera-shy. You might find that you can’t chomp into a sandwich the way you used to. Your gums in the empty space might even get irritated from food that gets stuck in there. A partial denture is a very common solution for filling in the gap. But is this the solution for you?

What to Expect with a Partial Denture

Partial dentures (sometimes also called a “flipper”) are removable prosthetic appliances. This means that it serves to replace a missing tooth, but not permanently.

The partial is usually a blend of acrylic and metal. It is custom-fitted to anchor onto a couple existing teeth. Attached to this appliance is one or more false teeth. They are made to blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth.

Problems with Partials

You should be aware that partial dentures:

  • Can be lost
  • Require daily removal and cleaning
  • Need adjusting
  • Need to be updated

Partial Denture Alternatives

You might prefer the idea of a dental bridge. It’s cemented to two teeth on either side of a gap, filling in the space with false teeth suspended between them. Bridges can be a little tricky to clean, but you don’t have to worry about losing them!

The most permanent option is a dental implant. Implants are for life and can be cared for just like a natural tooth. If implant surgery is not an option for you and you don’t want a bridge placed on healthy teeth, then a partial may be your best bet. Talk with your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Jul
31

What Kinds of Dentures Are There?

Posted in Dentures

Is a dental prosthesis in your near future? You might be experiencing a mix of emotions over this prospect.

In spite of your apprehension and disappointment, you can enjoy the process of recreating a beautiful and strong bite with the help of your local dentist! Consider some of the main options that you have for replacing your teeth.

Complete Dentures

A complete acrylic denture replaces the teeth of an entire arch. If necessary, both top and bottom dentures can be worn together. A denture is designed to closely match the shape of your gums and mouth for a snug fit. It should be removed daily for cleaning.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures come in all shapes and sizes. A metal frame supports one or more false teeth and anchors onto nearby natural teeth. This should be treated just like a regular denture, as it’s also removable.

Implant Dentures

Some dentures can be made with attachments that snap onto implants. These implants will give your denture more stability than it would have on its own. Implants are as strong as natural roots would be, making them the most permanent method for replacing teeth.

A Customized Combination

What if you have plenty of healthy teeth left and don’t need an entire denture made?

Tooth-replacement techniques are commonly combined to meet different needs. Your dentist will help you understand which procedures are best for your particular smile.

Whichever option you decide is best for you, it will take some getting used to. With patience and time, you will find that your new denture will give you the confidence to eat and smile and enjoy life again! Contact your local dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Bencaz Family Dentistry
130 N Hummell St
Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 665-2417

Dec
29

Four Benefits of Partial Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Partial dentures are removable prosthesis that replaces several teeth at one time. They are typically made of acrylic or acrylic fused to a metal base; and clasp in and out of the mouth easily. Existing teeth help anchor them into place. With someone chooses to have a partial denture made, there are several benefits that they can take advantage of:

They’re an economical choice

The acrylic materials used in making a partial denture allow them to be an affordable alternative to some other types of tooth replacements. If you’re finding yourself experiencing unexpected tooth loss from an accident or injury, a partial denture can be an easily solution before looking for another alternative later on. 

Partials preserve your natural biting patterns

Missing teeth cause other teeth in the mouth to drift out of place. This in turn creates abnormal wear patterns, impacts the appearance of your smile, and makes some areas more difficult to keep clean. Partials act like a retainer, keeping teeth in place where they ought to be. 

They restore aesthetics

Simply put, partial dentures complete your smile again. There’s no need to continue on with missing teeth or avoiding social situations where you feel self-conscious. A partial denture can restore your self-esteem when it comes to how you feel about your smile. 

You can replace them with a permanent option later on

If you want to invest in a permanent option such as dental implants but need to wait for some reason, a partial denture is easy to replace. It doesn’t affect the structure of teeth around it, because it simply clasps around whatever teeth are already there.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Jun
6

Partial Dentures: Straightforward Tooth Replacement

Posted in Dentures

So, you’re missing some teeth and are trying to find out which replacement option is best for you. You’ve already decided against fixed bridges because there are too many teeth missing, and implants aren’t an option because you have a history of severe bone loss. The logical choice is to have a removable partial denture made.

Partial dentures are functional, economical, and can replace several teeth at one time. A partial may be made out of acrylic bonded to a metal base, or a full acrylic prosthesis. Teeth on the partial are designed to blend in with your other teeth, and the prosthesis uses small clamps to help hold it in place around the existing healthy teeth that you still have.

If you have existing healthy teeth, then a partial is a great way to keep those teeth structurally sound and lasting longer. Rather than shifting out of place due to missing teeth, or being worn down prematurely from overuse, a partial fixes that. Partials not only function like regular teeth, they prevent other teeth from drifting out of place, essentially acting as a retainer.

To have a partial denture made, your dentist will need to take an impression of your mouth. This is used to create models so that the lab can design a custom-fitted appliance that fits properly in your mouth. In about 2 weeks, your partial denture will be ready to try in. If necessary, some minor adjustments may be needed, but you’ll be able to take it home that very same day.

Taking care of your partial can help it last for several years. Soak it overnight and brush it each morning, and always see your dentist for a check-up every 6 months.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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Apr
23

The 411 on Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the gum tissues connected to those teeth. Made of acrylic plastic, porcelain, and metal materials, dentures closely resemble natural gum tissue and teeth. Despite the common misconception, dentures are not just for the elderly. Anyone who has lost permanent teeth can replace them with dentures. There are partial dentures for those who still have some of their natural teeth, and there are complete dentures for those who have had to have all of their natural teeth removed. Not only do dentures replace missing teeth, but they help to protect the exposed area of gum line and tissue where the missing teeth used to be. 

People of any age can lose permanent teeth. Be it from injury, tooth decay, or gum disease – some people do not keep their permanent teeth for their lifetime. Tooth loss can have a huge emotional impact on some patients. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can help people to feel complete in their appearance again and be much less self conscious. For those who have lost just a few teeth, partial dentures are used to fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth and to prevent other teeth from shifting. The mouth does not want to have open gaps, and the bone in those gaps will begin to deteriorate causing more oral health problems. Dentures are a way to satisfy the mouth’s need to be complete in order to keep the gums and bone healthy and in place.

New denture wearers need time to become accustomed to their new teeth because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Speaking and chewing will be different, and patients will need to adjust the movements of the mouths in order to make their dentures feel comfortable and normal. Proper care of the dentures and regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that dentures are properly formed for the mouth and are working like they should.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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