Dental Tips Blog

May
20

What’s It Like to Eat with a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Eating with dentures in your mouth is nothing like chewing with natural teeth!

If dentures are in your near future, then it helps to know what you should plan for.

What to Know About Chewing with Dentures

Eating with dentures does bring along several challenges. At first, your prosthesis may feel very bulky. You might gag easily and salivate more than usual. All of this can complicate the eating process initially, but you will overcome the obstacles with time.

Dentures impact your ability to taste food because they block sensation in the roof of your mouth. They also can’t grip foods with the strength that natural teeth do.

A new or poorly-fitting denture can loosen and “float” around your mouth when you try to eat. This can result in food accumulating under your denture every time you eat.

Tips for Successfully Eating with Dentures

  • Bite and swallow to seat your denture and create a strong suction
  • Cut foods into smaller pieces before eating them
  • Avoid chewy, sticky, tough, and hard foods. The harder you have to work, the more likely your denture will slip out of place
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to maintain balanced pressure
  • Eat small amounts and make sure the food clears out of your mouth before you take another bite
  • Swallow liquids quickly rather than letting them pool in your mouth – they can loosen the suction on a lower denture
  • Practice at home for a few weeks until you’re comfortable with your denture and then schedule social eating activities once your confidence grows
  • Try using denture adhesive

Eating with a denture is challenging, but not impossible. See your dentist for more tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

May
18

How to Prevent People from Noticing Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

The idea of wearing a denture can be scary and shameful for some people. As much as possible, you don’t want others to know that you’ll soon be getting “false” teeth.

How do you hide the fact that you’re wearing a denture?

It’s easier than ever. Here are a few tips to put your mind at ease.

Your Denture Will Look Natural

Dentures are designed to perfectly contour to the shape of your mouth so that they stay in place with suction. You can also choose the color of the gums and the shape and color of the teeth on your denture. It won’t look like a stock photo set of perfect teeth; your dentist will help you design a denture that looks natural.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Plan to spend a lot of time at home in the first weeks after getting a denture. You’ll need to practice quite a bit until you feel confident laughing, sneezing, eating, and talking with a “plate.” The more you practice at home, the sooner you’ll be able to go out with friends and enjoy their company without worrying about whether or not they’ll notice your new prosthesis.

Implants Can Help

For the most secure fit possible, consider getting implants to lock your denture in place. Implant-retained dentures won’t slip and slide no matter what you do. They’re also the best way to reinforce the bone in your jaw and prevent it from shrinking, maintaining a natural-looking smile for years.

Implant stabilized dentures aren’t for everyone, so make sure to discuss the idea in full with your dentist.

How else can you get a comfortable and natural-looking denture? Contact your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

May
16

‘Why Won’t My Dentist Pull My Teeth So I Can Get Dentures?’

Posted in Dentures

Extracting your teeth to get dentures may seem like the solution to all of your dental problems.

So why won’t your dentist just do what you asked and get it over with?

There’s Nothing Like Your Natural Teeth

A denture can’t compare to having natural teeth, so your dentist is in no hurry to replace them with a denture.

Dentures tend to dull your sense of taste and they reduce your ability to bite and chew. They also cause your jawbone to wear away and rapidly shrink.

Dentists know it’s bad practice to extract perfectly healthy teeth unless there’s a good reason to. You should only consider this option if you have very few teeth left or if your remaining teeth are not strong enough to support implants or fillings.

Dentures Don’t Eliminate the Need for Good Oral Hygiene!

If you want dentures just so you never have to brush or floss again, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Dentures require just as much care and maintenance as natural teeth do.

You won’t have to brush and floss the same way you do for natural teeth, but dentures do need to be brushed, soaked, and rinsed daily. Otherwise, they can cause problems like:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum sores
  • Bacterial and fungal infections

Dentures Don’t Work Like You Expect

You can’t just put in a denture and get a perfect smile like magic. It takes time and planning and practice to get a beautiful denture that’s easy to use.

If your dentist discourages you from getting a denture, it’s just because he or she knows you’ll be better off keeping your natural teeth.

Contact your dentist to find out how dentures can affect your smile for better or worse.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

May
15

How Can Only 2 or 4 Implants Support a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

One of the most common types of full mouth reconstruction treatments is to use dental implants to support a fixed denture (“plate.”)

Some people assume that in order to replace their missing teeth with implants, they need an individual implant for each tooth that is missing.

Fortunately, that just isn’t the case. And it all has to do with how durable implants are to begin with! 

Strategic Placement and Support

A pair of dental implants can support the weight of multiple teeth. That’s why dentists often use them to anchor bridges up to 4-5 teeth long. But when you need a longer prosthesis — such as a denture or hybrid plate design — you may only need four implants total.

Each of the implants is placed in strategic points of the jaw, so that they bear weight and provide a firm anchor that prevents the denture from slipping. If you’ve heard of an “All on 4” treatment or “implant supported hybrid dentures” this is usually what’s involved.

Removable Stabilized Dentures

If you prefer to have dentures that can still be removed, it’s possible to use just two implants to act as anchors that stabilize the plate during the day. This extra support prevents the need for adhesives or messy pastes, but still allows you to take your denture out for easy care and maintenance.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

Getting dental implants is an efficient way for adults of all ages to enjoy a healthy smile. They may even be able to place after you’ve had a denture made, retrofitting it to snap over the abutments. Talk to your dentist about the choices available for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

May
15

Five Signs it’s Time for a New Denture

Posted in Dentures

Like any other dental restoration, dentures don’t last forever. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect it’s time to invest in a new pair. 

You Have Sore Spots on Your Gums 

A bad-fitting denture can wear abnormal pressure spots on your gums. That’s because our bone changes over time, and since that’s what creates the shape of our mouth, the gums follow right along with it. Too many changes without having your denture adjusted or relined can lead to painful sores or infection. 

You’re Slurring When You Talk 

Are your speech patterns starting to change? A new denture can take some practice to get pronunciations and talking down, but if it’s something that’s gradually gotten worse over time, it could be due to how the denture fits against the rest of your mouth. 

Eating/Chewing is More Difficult than Ever 

Being able to eat a balanced diet is one of the most important reasons for having a set of dentures made. But if you’re only able to eat soft, processed foods, it’s not doing you any good. 

They’re Cracked and Worn Down 

Dentures can wear down, too. If you’ve had them repaired multiple times, tried to patch up a crack down the middle, or the tooth look shorter than they used to, it’s time for an upgrade. 

Your Facial Profile Has Changed

Part of the job of a properly fitting denture is to support the soft tissues like your cheeks and lips, filling out your facial profile. If everything looks “sunken in” then you may need a new prosthesis!

Book a denture exam with your dentist for a proper diagnosis!

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Apr
24

6 Problems Caused by a Loose Denture

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture starting to feel loose?

It’s time to see your dentist to have your denture adjusted. If you don’t, you could begin to experience the unpleasant effects of having a loose prosthesis.

Difficulty Speaking

Loose dentures can make a clacking noise when they come together. Other people may even notice a whistling when you speak to them. All the unwanted and distracting sounds could make you too embarrassed to carry on a conversation with anyone.

Difficulty Chewing

With a little practice, a snug new denture will help you get through just about any meal. But as your denture loosens up, you’ll find that it gets harder and harder to chew your food properly.

Poor Nutrition

Loose dentures can cause embarrassment and frustration while you try to enjoy a meal. You may find yourself gradually changing your diet to avoid those hard-to-chew foods. As a result, you can end up eating only soft meals (like canned soups, mashed potatoes, and pudding) which tend to be low in nutritional content.

Sores on Gums

If your denture can move around in your mouth, then it’s likely chafing your gums. You can develop raw patches or gums so swollen and painful that you can’t even wear your denture at all.

Rapid and Uneven Bone Wear

Dentures put pressure on your bone and slowly cause it to resorb, but this process happens quicker if your dentures don’t rest evenly on your jaw.

Jaw Pain

Loose and/or unbalanced dentures will put different degrees of strain on your jaw. The imbalance can lead to TMJ problems.

Do your smile a favor and stop suffering with a loose denture! Contact a denture provider for help.

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

Apr
20

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture is a major life change. You should understand both the advantages and disadvantages to getting a new prosthesis before you dive in.

The Pros of Getting a Denture

Your smile will look great. A will give you the confidence to pose for pictures and laugh like you used to.

Say goodbye to flossing! With no teeth in your mouth, there’s no need to floss.

No more tooth pain. It will be a huge relief to get rid of your teeth if they are few and unhealthy. No more toothaches, no more sensitivity, no more fillings!

Chew with all of your teeth again. If you only have a few remaining teeth, then odds are you haven’t been able to chew very well with them. Eating with a denture does take practice, but it will enable you to enjoy a greater variety of foods than did with no teeth.

The Cons of Getting a Denture

Dentures reduce your bite strength. A denture is no match for what natural teeth are capable of. You may have to cut your food into smaller bites and stay away from hard crunchy items while wearing a denture.

A denture needs daily care. Just because you don’t have teeth to brush and floss doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for oral hygiene. Dentures must be cleaned and soaked daily to prevent stain, bad breath, and infections.

Dentures can wear down your bone. These appliances put weight directly on your bone and cause it to slowly resorb if worn too long (such as sleeping in them.) Your smile will shrink, and your denture will occasionally need to be refitted.

Find out whether a denture is right for you by visiting a local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Apr
14

5 Tips for the Best Denture Care

Posted in Dentures

Your new denture is a valuable investment, and one that you depend on every single day. So it only makes sense that you want to take good care of your denture and make it last a long time.

Here are five things you should do to keep your denture clean, strong, and beautiful for many years.

  1. Rinse After Eating

You can prevent a lot of stain, odor, and debris buildup on your denture if you rinse it carefully after each meal or snack. A quick rinse under water is all it takes. Swish some water in your mouth too before putting your denture back in.

  1. Brush Your Denture Thoroughly

Use a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures to clean your appliance. Regular brushing removes food debris and prevents stains from settling into the acrylic. Handle your denture with care while you clean it.

  1. Soak When Not in Use

Did you know that dentures can shrink and warp if they dry out? They’re designed to fit perfectly in a moist environment like your mouth. That’s why you need to soak your denture in a dentist-approved solution during times you’re not wearing it, such as while you sleep.

  1. Clean Your Mouth, Too

Germs on your gums can move right back in to a clean denture. Wipe down your gums every day, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left. Use a rinse to control bacteria growth if your dentist advises it.

  1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups are as important for denture-wearers as they are for those with natural teeth. See your dentist often to make sure your denture is strong, and your mouth is healthy.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
9

5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture isn’t the same process for everyone. It’s helpful if you understand your own unique needs and circumstances before getting a set of “false teeth.” Here are five important questions to discuss with your dentist to make sure you understand the recommended treatment.

  1. How will dentures change the way I eat and talk?

Getting dentures is a big commitment since there’s no going back to your natural teeth once they’re gone. It’s crucial that you understand how a prosthesis will change your life before you commit to one.

  1. Should I keep any of my remaining natural teeth?

You may be anxious to get rid of your remaining natural teeth, especially if you keep getting cavities or having other problems. But as long as they’re still strong, you may be better off holding onto them and getting a partial denture.

  1. What kind of denture is right for me?

There are many different kinds of dental prostheses. Your dentist will help you find out which materials and design are right for your smile.

  1. Are there any alternatives to getting a denture?

A denture may not even be the solution you need. Ask your dentist about partial dentures, bridges, implants and other options for restoring your bite.

  1. How can I keep my dentures in good shape?

Getting a denture is only the start of your new responsibility. Keeping your denture in shape and your mouth in good health requires some work on your part. Your dentist will explain what you should do to get the most out of your denture.

Visit a dentist in your area to ask any other questions you have.

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

Mar
13

How to Get Dentures That Don’t Look “Fake”

Posted in Dentures

The time has come for you to part with most of your remaining natural teeth. Fortunately, you can achieve a natural-looking smile by choosing a denture that looks realistic.

Find a Good Denture Dentist

Search for a dentist or prosthodontist who specializes in dentures. Almost any dentist can make you a denture, but the ones who focus on dentures have the time and experience to craft a realistic-looking set of teeth.

Denture providers take into consideration your facial features, skin tone, and bite physics to design a prosthesis that suits your unique needs.

Invest in a Quality Appliance

When it comes to dentures, you get what you pay for. Cheap dentures will have a rather generic appearance. It costs more to get one that’s tailored to your looks and preferences. If you choose the cheapest option, you may end up with unnaturally large, white, or square teeth on your denture.

It’s worth it to get a set of teeth that look like your natural ones.

Consider an Implant Bridge or Implant-Supported Denture

Have you given any thought to dental implants? Now is a good time to do so before you start planning the extraction of your remaining teeth.

It isn’t practical to replace every single tooth with its own dental implant. But you can get two or four implants in an arch to support a denture appliance.

These implants will help preserve the shape and height of your smile since they add structure to your jaw bone. This is the best way to keep your smile looking natural, while wearing a denture.

Ask a dentist near you about which option is best for replacing your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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