Dental Tips Blog

Jan
28

How Much Does it Cost to Get and Maintain a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Just like making any other major purchase, you want to fully understand all the costs associated with dentures before you plan on getting them.

What You Might Pay for a Denture

The tricky part with estimating denture costs is that they vary widely. You could pay anywhere from $300 to nearly $5,000 per upper or lower denture. However, typically the average cost for dentures is somewhere $1,000 – $3,000 per plate (before insurance kicks in.)

Denture costs depend on where the denture is made, what it’s made from, the experience of the dentist, the cost of living in your area, and the technique used to make it.

Immediate dentures, for example, are usually more expensive than traditional ones.

Additionally, you’ll have to ask your dentist what other procedures are included in the quoted price. Does the cost cover just the denture, or does it also include extractions and such that go along with it?

Cost of Maintaining a Denture

Keep in mind that replacing a denture you’ve lost or broken is essentially the same as buying a new one. It worthwhile to keep your current denture in good shape.

A denture reline is a procedure that adjusts your denture to comfortably fit the current shape of your gums and jawbone. You’ll probably need a reline or two within the first few months of getting a denture. After that, your denture may need adjustment every two to five years.

Denture relines can cost around $300 – $400. Add to this the cost of denture cleaning supplies. Soaking solutions, denture brushes, storage cases, and possibly even an adhesive may add up to regular monthly expenses.

Getting a denture is an investment. But it’s not your only option. Talk with your dentist for more information on denture costs and alternatives.

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

Jan
27

How to Get Rid of a Fungal Infection Under Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

Everyone has natural yeast or fungus in their mouths called candida. It’s not a contagious thing you can catch from someone else. But if conditions in your mouth are just right, this natural yeast can overgrow and cause irritation.

Denture wearers are especially prone to such infections, since the warm moist environment under a denture is the perfect place for the fungus to thrive.

If you don’t remove and clean your denture on a regular basis, the fungus population can explode and trigger a condition called denture stomatitis. This is inflammation of tissues in the mouth associated with wearing a denture.

Another common term for this yeast infection is thrush.

What should you do if you have thrush and you wear a denture?

Contact Your Dentist

Thrush can be very uncomfortable and can affect the fit of your denture. You may need professional help and prescription meds to get the infection under control. The dentist will give you directions that are specific to your health, oral hygiene condition, and denture type.

Remove and Clean Your Denture

First of all, take out your denture. Your gums need to breathe! The more time you can spend without wearing your denture, the faster the infection can clear up.

Properly disinfect your denture. Scrub it gently but thoroughly with warm water and non-abrasive soap. Soak it in a denture cleaning solution overnight and even after meals. Talk to your dentist about a special solution to use to clear up thrush.

Take an Antifungal

If improved hygiene doesn’t clear the thrush, it may be time for antifungals. Your dentist can prescribe a topical ointment or medication. Apply antibiotic ointment to cracks on the edges of your mouth.

Ask your dentist how you can lower your risk for developing denture stomatitis in the future or clear a current infection up ASAP.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jan
26

Why Your Dentures Don’t Fit Like They Used To

Posted in Dentures

When you first got your dentures, they felt nice and snug and you could chew with confidence.

But now that a few years have gone by, they’re starting to feel a little loose. They slip out of place when you chew and click when you speak.

What’s going on?

Why Dentures Get Loose

Your denture rests directly on your gums for support. When you bite down, the force of your bite presses on the bone underneath. This is different from the way teeth put pressure on bone; teeth have roots embedded deep within the jaw, taking the blunt of the force.

Over time, this constant pressure on your jawbone can actually cause it to start wearing away. As a result, the shape of your mouth changes but your denture doesn’t change to fit it.

Eventually, even the best dentures get loose.

How to Make Your Dentures Fit Again

Your first instinct might be to pack on the denture adhesive. But this solution is only temporary. Adhesive works best in small amounts, anyway, in line with the “less is more” principle.

Never attempt adjusting your denture at home since you could cause irreversible damage.

The best solution for a loose denture is to have it adjusted by a dentist. Only your dentist can successfully reline your denture for a more comfortable fit. If your denture is beyond repairing, then it may be time to get a new one altogether.

If your dentures are loose, then it’s time to see your dentist for advice. Waiting too long will only make things worse, since loose dentures can cause sore gums and wear down your bone even faster.

Call today to find out how you can get a better-fitting appliance.

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

Jan
8

How Dentures Affect the Shape of Your Smile – for Better and for Worse

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are a common and affordable option for improving your smile’s function and appearance. But what kind of effect they have on your overall facial profile depends on their design and how well they fit.

How Dentures Improve Your Smile

Roots keep your teeth in place. They also stimulate bone health in the jaw. As long as you have teeth in place, the shape of your mouth will stay about the same.

When you lose teeth, your jaw loses valuable support. The bone resorbs and disappears, and your mouth can take on a sunken or caved-in look.

If this has happened to you, then a denture can help restore some of your smile’s original height.

Dentures Can Wear Down Your Jaw

Dentures rest directly on the gums for support. This means that they put pressure on the bone directly and can wear it down over time.

While a denture can keep your smile from looking caved-in, it doesn’t encourage new bone growth. After years of using a denture, your mouth will slowly wear down to the point that you need to be re-fitted.

If your denture doesn’t fit properly, then this bone wear can happen even faster and result in abnormal bone loss.

A bad bite with dentures can lead to problems like:

  • Gum sores
  • Sagging lips
  • Wrinkles around the mouth and neck
  • Saliva and food leaking out of the corners of the mouth
  • Sores and infections
  • Difficulty eating
  • Embarrassment

A well-fitted denture is the key to maintaining a youthful and natural-looking smile. Even better is one that’s supported by implants that act just like tooth roots. Talk with your dentist about denture options to save the shape of your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
(770)422-8776

Jan
7

Should You Buy a Denture Online?

Posted in Dentures

Buying a denture online may sound like a convenient option. You can purchase so many useful things on the web and, often times, at bargain prices.

There are a few good reasons, however, to fight the temptation to buy your next dental prosthesis from a random website.

You Can’t Trust the Materials

Do you know exactly what an online denture will be made from? Cheap as it is, you can expect that the materials won’t last very long. You’ll likely suffer from sore gums and possibly even a reaction to materials that shouldn’t be used in dentures or other oral appliances.

You Can’t Trust the Fit

Some online dentures are of the boil-and-bite variety. Others have you take an impression at home and send it in for “dentists” on the company’s end to use as a model.

But without the trained eye of a professional denture maker assessing your mouth’s every curve, you won’t get the right fit or a chance to have it adjusted.

You Can’t Trust the Manufacturer

What happens if your denture hurts you or breaks? Can you trust some unknown company to give you a refund or address your concerns? When you have a dentist make your denture, you can check in often for adjustments until the appliance fits to your satisfaction. The dentist will make sure you’re happy!

The best denture is one made in-person. If you visit an actual dentist to get fitted for a denture, you’re guaranteed to get something that looks and feels right. The dental office may even offer you a flexible payment option to help with the cost.

Ask a dentist near you about how you can afford a quality denture.

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

Jan
6

Is There a Better Option Than Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

A denture may be the first tooth replacement option that comes to mind. But you don’t want to be known as someone who wears false teeth.

Are there any other alternatives? Fortunately, you have quite a few to choose from, depending on your tooth replacement needs.

Dental Implants

If you’re missing just a single tooth, then there’s no need to quickly jump to the conclusion that you need dentures.

One or two dental implants may be all you need to complete your smile.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Are you missing most or all of your teeth? You might need a denture, after all. The good news is that you may qualify to anchor your appliance onto dental implants. This gives you more security and confidence than wearing a regular denture on its own.

Dental Bridge

A bridge is a classic “permanent” solution for replacing missing teeth. Bridges are permanent in that they can be fixed to other teeth instead of removable like dentures.

Partial Denture

If you have healthy remaining teeth, then there’s no hurry to get them pulled out and replaced with a denture. You might opt for a partial denture, instead. This appliance is removable, but it’s secure since it snaps around your natural teeth for support.

Is a Denture Your Only Option?

If your health won’t allow you to have implant surgeries, then you may have no choice but to get a denture. This is especially true if you don’t have many healthy natural teeth left to work with, either.

In the end, a simple classic denture may be the best for you considering your health and circumstances. Contact a denture provider near you for an evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Jan
6

Why Do You Have to Store Dentures in Water?

Posted in Dentures

If you have a full or partial denture, then you’ve heard time again that you ought to keep it wet, even when you’re not wearing it. Anytime the denture isn’t in your mouth, it should be in a container of water.

The main reason for keeping a denture moist is because it can dry out and become brittle.

Dentures are commonly made from a material called polymethylmethacrylate. That’s almost as big a mouthful as your denture, itself! You can call it PMMA for short. PMMA is a durable material that’s stable and retains its shape well, when inside of the mouth..

PMMA is designed to fit your mouth when moist, so drying out can cause it to warp and not fit as well.

Keeping your denture moist is the best way to help it hold its shape for as long as possible.

Additionally, storing your denture in water serves a few other useful purposes:

  • Cushioning in case the container falls or is jostled around
  • Soaking in a cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria
  • Remembering where you put your denture (if it’s always in the same case, you probably won’t forget)

Dentures don’t last forever, but you can get plenty of mileage out of your custom prosthesis if you take good care of them.

Are you tired of dentures? If you’re finding it difficult to wear a removable appliance or having to maintain it, then you may be ready for another option. Talk with your dentist to find out about other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.

Even if you stick with your denture for many more years, just remember to keep it wet!

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

Nov
27

Four Things You Can Do If Your Dentures Won’t Stay in Place

Posted in Dentures

Loose, unpredictable dentures can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Try these steps if your denture isn’t fitting properly.

1. Bite and swallow.

If you’re new to wearing a denture, then you may still need some practice getting it to feel right. One trick is to place your denture, bite your teeth together firmly, close your lips, and swallow. What this does is create a vacuum in your mouth that should help your appliance seal to the roof of your mouth.

2. Use a denture adhesive.

A denture cream or paste is often the first line of defense against slippery dentures. Keep in mind, though, that a dab will do you. Denture adhesives are designed to work on the “less is more” principle. You only need a little bit to secure your appliance and if you have to use more to make your teeth stay put, then it’s time to move on to Step 3.

3. Get your denture adjusted, or relined.

A poorly-fitting denture won’t stay put no matter what you try. It could be time to visit your dentist to have it refitted to the shape of your gums. This is especially critical if your loose denture is chafing and causing sores on your mouth.

4. Try implants.

When all else fails and you’re sick of having to deal with a denture that constantly needs adjustment, you might want to start considering implants. Dental implants rest inside the jawbone and provide supports for a denture so that the appliance doesn’t have to rest directly on your gums. The result is a stronger and more secure bite.

Contact your dentist for more advice if your sliding dentures have you at your wits’ end!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Nov
27

6 Things You Should Know Before You Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Do you tend to overlook your dental health, assuming you can just get a denture if you lose all your teeth one day?

The following facts will change what you know about dentures and make you think twice about replacing healthy natural teeth when better options are available!

1. Your bite strength will be a fraction of what it was.

Chewing with a denture is not the same as it is with natural teeth. Dentures rest directly on the gums for bite strength unlike teeth, which have long roots for strength.

2. Dentures don’t last forever.

A denture isn’t a permanent solution. It will eventually need adjustments and even replacement over time.

3. Dentures take practice.

It takes time to get used to a denture. While your mouth first adjusts to a removable prosthesis, you may have trouble speaking or chewing, and you may notice that you drool a lot.

4. Denture adhesives don’t work magic.

Denture powders and creams can give your denture more stability and boost your confidence, but you shouldn’t have to rely on them. A properly-fitting plate won’t need adhesives to stay in place.

5. Your denture needs as much maintenance as teeth do.

Getting a denture isn’t the best solution if you just hate to brush your teeth. Dentures aren’t the easy way out because they still require daily care. You should brush it every day as well as take it out every night to soak.

6. No denture is indestructible.

A denture may look like a solid piece of plastic, but you’d be surprised at how easily they fracture if dropped. Don’t rush into getting a denture unless you’re prepared to handle it with care!

Ask your dentist about tooth-replacement options that are right for you.

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

Nov
26

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Dentures Out at Night

Posted in Dentures

While dentures are a life-saver in that they help you eat, speak, and smile, they’re pretty inconvenient in one area: you have to remove them before going to bed.

Hard as it can be to remember to take out your denture, here’s why you should do so.

Your gums need a break.

Your sensitive gums support your denture all day. If you don’t give them a chance to rest at night, they can become dried out and irritated.

Your breath will smell better.

A denture is like natural teeth in that it traps bacteria. But it’s worse because there are more places for debris to hide on a denture than on gums and teeth. Removing your denture each night to soak will help you keep it clean and your breath fresh.

You can stay healthy.

One study found that nursing home residents who didn’t remove their dentures at night were more than twice as likely to contract pneumonia than those who did take out their dentures. Dentures are the perfect breeding ground for dangerous germs that can be inhaled, so removing and cleaning them daily is critical.

Removing your denture at night makes it last longer.

Dentures put pressure on your jaw bone and cause it to change shape. Wearing your denture at night only increases the amount of wear it puts on your mouth. The faster your bone changes, the sooner you’ll need a new denture.

Leaving your denture in sets you up for a yeast infection.

Saliva flow slows down at night, so a denture left in becomes the perfect place for a fungus to thrive.

Still not convinced? Ask your dentist for more information on the best denture care.

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

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