Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

Lessons on Oral Hygiene from George Washington’s Denture

Posted in Dentures

We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.

George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.

Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.

Take Care Of Your Denture!

One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.

If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.

Make Your Natural Teeth Last

Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.

You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-2191

Dec
12

“I’m Happy Without Teeth – I Don’t Need Dentures” . . . Or Do You?

Posted in Dentures

For most people, losing their teeth is their worst nightmare. Literally. Terror-filled dreams about teeth falling out keep many folks up at night. The social implications of running around without teeth is a scary thought.

On the other hand, there are those of us who aren’t too bothered about not having any teeth.

Why get fake teeth if you don’t care about others seeing you without any teeth, at all?

In reality, there is far more to dentures than aesthetics, alone.

Dentures Help You Stay Healthy

Without teeth, it’s not hard to choose between a salad or mac-and-cheese for dinner. But a steady diet of mac-and-cheese won’t do your body much good.

The most important reason for wearing dentures is simply the fact that they keep your nutritional options varied. When you can chew, even with false teeth, it’ll be easier to fuel up on essential vitamins from natural sources.

Dentures Will Give You New Confidence

You may say you don’t care about being seen without teeth, but it’s a different story come time for the family photo or alumni reunion. When you know you have teeth to smile with, it’ll be easier to show off that smile without any awkwardness.

Even if you don’t mind being seen without dentures, caught with dentures slipping, whatever, that can be a good thing! It’s ideal to have a sense of humor as you adjust to your new appliance and you’ll still get all the functional benefits.

To learn more about how a denture can enhance the quality of your life right now, talk with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Nov
30

Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.

Solution?

Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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
29

What Are Permanent Dentures? Are They Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

“Permanent dentures” is not a real thing in dentistry. Most people Googling the term are just searching for a tooth replacement option that they don’t have to worry about falling out. A set-it-and-forget-it kind of deal.

If you’re looking for something a little more secure than traditional dentures, then you may be interested in either:

An implant supported overdenture

–or–

A fixed hybrid denture/extended bridge

Overdentures And Fixed Bridges – What’s The Difference?

Both of these options use dental implants for support. Both can replace a full arch of teeth.

But the main difference is that an overdenture is basically a regular denture with attachments that snap onto implants while the fixed hybrid/extended bridge is far more conservative and you can’t remove it.

Implant overdentures are usually made of acrylic. They have wide borders that provide more facial support and cover the gums. An upper overdenture will cover the palate. If you had one of these, you would still have to take it out at night and clean it daily, like any other denture.

Fixed implant bridges or hybrid dentures are made from metal and porcelain and may not cover the gums. They are screwed in place by your dentist and are only removed by your dentist for maintenance. You continue to brush just as if you had natural teeth.

Why Go Permanent?

Either of these options will keep your teeth from putting pressure on your gums. The implants will actually help to preserve the shape of the bone you have left. Both will give you a secure bite.

To find out whether these more “permanent” denture solutions are right for your smile, plan a visit to your local dentist.

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

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

Aug
3

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

An overdenture is simply a dental prosthesis that rests slightly above your gums. It’s usually supported by dental implants, so it puts the bite force directly into your jawbone instead of your gums.

Some overdentures are more like traditional dentures in the way they rest on your gums, but they all provide a more secure bite because of having implants to help hold them in place.

Who Can Have An Overdenture?

People who have minimal bone to support a full classic denture could really use the extra support of implants. Implants give the mouth greater height, which preserves the shape of the smile and the power of your bite.

An overdenture is still removable like any other denture, but it stays in place much better.

Basically, if you’re exhausted from dealing with a regular denture, then an overdenture may be worth your consideration!

Benefits Of Overdentures

In today’s fast-paced society, fewer people want to settle for the hassle and stigma of wearing a traditional denture. Overdentures are gaining in popularity because of these benefits:

  • Can be removed for easy cleaning
  • No more worrying about denture adhesives
  • Hide a high smile line with a tall prosthesis (avoid showing a gap between the denture and your gums)
  • Enjoy having the shape of your original smile
  • Laugh without fear of your teeth slipping!

Is an overdenture right for you? You’ll have to discuss that with your dentist. There are many different ways to replace teeth, especially when dental implants are involved. Careful treatment planning can help you find a solution that matches your lifestyle and smile needs.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

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

Jul
25

4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Jun
9

3 Keys to Adjusting to Life with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Your first set of dentures marks a turning point in your life. You’ve spent most of your years using natural teeth so the transition is a tough one, both physically and emotionally.

Here are a few things that will help make your adjustment as successful as possible:

Patience

There’s no denying the fact that the first time you try a denture it will feel strange or even uncomfortable.

Your prosthesis will probably feel way too big for your mouth. This will result in some drooling. But don’t give up! Follow your dentist’s instructions and give yourself time to adjust at your own pace.

Try to maintain a sense of humor and optimism as you get used to your denture. It will improve as the days go by.

Practice

It’s unrealistic to imagine eating out with friends at a fancy steakhouse the very day you get your dentures.

Push those plans out a month or so and let yourself practice chewing at home free from the public eye. You can start out with soft foods and slowly work up to chewier items.

Also, practice cutting up your food so that you know in advance how large or small the pieces should be. Remember, “practice makes perfect.”

Plenty Of (Denture) Paste

A well-fitting denture doesn’t need much help to stay in place. In fact, the better the fit, the better an adhesive product will work. Less is more, when it comes to denture pastes and creams.

Don’t be shy to use these products especially in the beginning. They’ll help you feel more confidence about wearing your new smile in public.

Discuss your concerns with your dentist before you receive your first denture.

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

May
25

6 Signs You Should Pick a Denture Alternative

Posted in Dentures

Are you ready to upgrade your denture? These six signs may say yes.

  1. Sore Spots

An ill-fitting denture can be more trouble to wear than it’s worth. If you have a hard time getting any denture to fit no matter how much you adjust it, then it could be time to consider an implant-supported option.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Dentures do take some time to get used to. With practice, you can handle almost any food. But they’ll never compare to the security of an implant-anchored option. Dental implants won’t go anywhere so they’ll help keep your denture in place when you eat.

  1. Too Embarrassed to Laugh

No one should ever be too ashamed of their smile to show it off in laughter! If insecurity over your grin has turned your mood sour, then it’s definitely time to think about why you deserve a more confident smile restoration.

  1. Constantly Misplacing Your Denture

Most implant-secured teeth are not removable. You brush them just as you would regular teeth. This non-removable option is ideal if you have a habit of always losing your current ones.

  1. You Don’t Want Others to Know You Have a Denture

Even young people may lose all of their teeth. This can make it very difficult for them to have a busy social life. Implant-anchored teeth can let you live your life worry-free.

  1. Jawbone is Shrinking

If your denture is getting looser, that means your jaw has shrunk a bit. Implant therapy will help to strengthen your bone and prevent future wear.

Is implant therapy the right option for you? Ask your dentist for an opinion tailored to your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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