Dental Tips Blog

Oct
20

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Getting Your Teeth Pulled?

Posted in Dentures

Transitioning from natural teeth to dentures isn’t easy. Adding to your anxiety, you’re wondering how long you’ll be without teeth until you can start wearing your finished denture.

Is it possible to get dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted? Well, the answer can be yes and no depending on your situation.

Healing Period for Dentures

Your mouth will be sore and your gums will be swollen after getting teeth extracted. Healing usually takes around six to eight weeks.

It’s best to get a permanent denture fitted once your mouth is completely healed from the extractions. But most people can’t afford to be without teeth for the weeks or months it takes to heal from multiple tooth extractions. That’s why dentists also offer immediate dentures.

What Are Immediate Dentures?

Your dentist designs an immediate denture based upon measurements of your mouth taken before the extractions. Then, after your teeth are taken out, you’ll be given the immediate denture to wear.

An immediate denture should be worn 24/7 to keep the swelling under control. If you take it off during the initial healing period, you may not be able to fit it back over your gums.

Immediate dentures loosen as the gums heal and shrink to their normal positions. These dentures need to be adjusted multiple times over the healing period to accommodate your mouth. Once healing is complete, you may need to be fitted for an entirely new denture.

You may not qualify for an immediate denture, however, if you have complications or a lingering gum infection after the extractions.

Contact your dentist to find out whether an immediate or traditional denture is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Oct
20

Sleeping in Dentures—What’s the Harm?

Posted in Dentures

Wearing your denture overnight on occasion might not seem that harmful, especially if it’s just once in a while. But there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t let it become a habit.

Your Jaw Needs a Break from Your Denture

Dentures have a major downside: they put pressure on your jawbone and make it wear away over time. The less you wear your denture, the slower this process will happen.

Your Gums Need a Break from Your Denture

Dentures trap food debris and bacteria against your gums. If you don’t remove your denture for a day or more at a time, all the gunk trapped against your gums can make them irritated and swollen. Let your gums “breathe” by removing your denture at night.

Wearing a Denture Overnight Causes Bad Breath and Infections

Your mouth produces very little saliva when you sleep. The drier environment provides the perfect place for bacteria and fungus to flourish. If you often wear your denture at night, then you’ll be at higher risk for smelly and uncomfortable infections.

Your Denture Could Dry Out at Night

Less saliva in your mouth means less moisture to keep your denture acrylic supple. Your denture may dry out and become uncomfortably tight if you tend to breathe through your mouth when you sleep.

So if you do need to wear your denture all night long on one or two special occasions, you should be fine. Just make time in the morning after you wake up to give your denture a thorough cleaning. Don’t let this become a habit, however!

Ask your denture dentist for more tips on keeping your denture clean, functional, and comfortable.

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

Oct
19

Worried That You’ll Never Get Used to Dentures? 5 Tips That Can Help

Posted in Dentures

You’ll be rocking that denture with confidence in no time at all thanks to these five tips.

  1. Be Patient with Yourself

No one becomes a denture-wearing expert overnight! Patience, positivity, and a sense of humor are key to getting used to a new prosthesis.

  1. Wear Your Dentures as Long as Your Dentist Instructs

You’ll want to wear your dentures as much as possible to help you get used to it, but you still need to allow yourself sometime without it in to let your gums rest. Following your dentist’s directions will help you stay comfortable and healthy.

  1. Practice Makes Perfect: Eat at Home with Your Dentures

Who needs an audience while you’re trying to chew your food with a set of teeth? Practice chewing tough foods while you’re at home getting used to your denture. You’ll figure out the best ways to chew and cut up foods for stress-free dining.

  1. Get Some More Practice! Try Reading Aloud

Speaking with a denture is a potentially embarrassing experience. You dread making strange noises or drooling or even–worst of all–accidentally spitting out your dentures during a conversation.

Practicing from the privacy of your own home is the best way to build your confidence and ‘relearn’ how to speak with them in. Reading aloud and singing along to your favorite songs are excellent ways to develop new speech habits.

  1. Use a Little Adhesive

Dental adhesives are no substitute for a good-fitting denture, but they can give you added comfort and confidence while you’re just starting out.

Contact your dentist with any questions or concerns you have about getting used to your new denture.

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

Oct
18

Stay Away from These Denture Cleaning “Hacks!”

Posted in Dentures

There are plenty of DIY tips and tricks out there for cleaning dentures. But some of those you need to avoid if you want your denture to stay in good shape.

Steel Wool and Other Stiff Brushes

You’d think a brush with firm bristles would ensure all the food and tartar are gone from your denture. But coarse brushes can leave microscopic scratches in the acrylic which harbor bacteria.

Hammers, Screwdrivers, Kitchen Knives

Never use a metal utensil to try to chip away at tartar buildup on your denture! You could slip and hurt yourself or cause costly damage to your denture.

Bleach

There are ways to use household bleach to clean dentures. But you need to get your dentist’s approval and input on this option before trying it. Not all dentures are designed to be cleaned with bleach. Additionally, if you mix the solution incorrectly, you can alter the color of your denture or leave a residue that causes chemical burns in your mouth.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash may taste minty-fresh and have some antimicrobial properties, but it’s not a good denture cleaner. It isn’t capable of killing off the kind of germs that take up residence in your denture. A mouthwash is only good for freshening up the taste of your denture after you’ve properly cleaned it.

Drying Out Your Denture

Oxygen does kill off some bacteria and odors, but drying out your denture is a bad idea. Your denture was created to fit your mouth exactly under very moist conditions. Without enough moisture, the acrylic will irreversibly shrink and warp so that you can’t wear your denture again.

Ask your dentist about safe ways to clean your denture.

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

Oct
17

Painful Dentures? What That Could Mean

Posted in Dentures

Dentures don’t feel or work exactly like natural teeth, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal for them to hurt.

If your dentures are causing you pain, it could be related to a serious problem you need to discuss with your dentist.

Poorly Fitting Dentures

The most common cause of denture pain is having an appliance that doesn’t fit right. Your denture may chafe your gums, pinch your jaw, or press painfully on one part of your mouth. A simple denture adjustment should give you some relief.

Loose Dentures

Have you worn the same dentures for many years now? Your mouth may have shrunk to the point that they’ve gotten loose. Loose dentures can rub painfully against your gums and cause sores.

Dirty Dentures

Are you not in the habit of cleaning your dentures daily? Dirty dentures are loaded with germs and food debris that can cause tender sores and fungal infections on your mouth.

Inadequate Denture Surface

Some dentures are made with materials that are highly porous or prone to cracking. These surfaces can easily host millions of bacteria that irritate your gums and cause painful infections.

TMJ Damage

No matter how much you reline your denture, it may never give you relief if the pain is centered on your TMJ. Your jaw can suffer serious damage if you’ve been chewing with an uneven bite for years. You may need an entirely new denture that’s designed to balance out your jaw.

Get Help for Your Denture Pain!

Visit a denture dentist for a checkup to see what could be causing your pain. You’ll learn suggestions for getting immediate relief as well as long-term solutions for preventing future discomfort.

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

Sep
13

Eat This Instead of That: 5 Alternative Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Foods with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

New dentures can put a bit of a damper on your diet. But all’s not lost—a little creativity is all you need to enjoy your favorite flavors in denture-friendly bites until you get a bit more proficient with chewing.

 

 

Instead of Tortillas, Try Tortilla Soup

 

Get that south-of-the-border flavor fix in a hearty tortilla soup where the meat and tortillas are shredded up into soft and manageable bits. You won’t have to use your denture too much to enjoy this!

Instead of a Green Salad, Try a Green Smoothie

Fresh veggies are essential to your health but they’re almost impossible to eat without teeth. Thank goodness for blenders! Whip up your favorite greens with some juice or yogurt for a drinkable salad.

Instead of Chicken Wings, Try Chicken Wing Dip

There’s just nothing that can replace those messy wings on game day. But chicken wing dip is a close second! By heating cooked shredded chicken meat with hot sauce, cheeses, and ranch dressing, you can create a flavorful concoction that’s boneless and denture-friendly.

Instead of Steak, Try Beef Stew

You may always have a hard time grinding up meats with your denture. Opt for slow-cooked and stewed meats that “melts in your mouth” instead.

Instead of Carrots, Try Sweet Potatoes

Are fresh carrots too hard and slippery to chew with your denture? Roasted or boiled sweet potatoes pack a similar amount of the nutrients found in carrots and are much softer to eat.

For the most part, wearing dentures means you’ll have to find new ways to cut up and soften your foods for easy chewing. Your dentist can give you some more suggestions for a healthy and flavorful denture diet as you adjust to your new prosthesis.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Sep
11

Why Cheap Dentures Are a Huge Waste of Money

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can certainly be pricey. In an effort to save money, you might want to pay for the cheapest set you can find.

But as long as it’s within your budget to do so, you should seriously consider doing the opposite: paying for the best ones you can afford.

Here’s why…

You Get What You Pay For

A cheap denture costs less because it’s made from cheaper materials and/or isn’t customized as well to fit your mouth. As a result, it’s apt to give out far sooner than you’d think. You’ll then spend a lot of time and money on repairing your denture time and again.

Cheap materials also mean that your denture may be more prone to hosting infectious pathogens like bacteria and fungus. Microscopic cracks in the cheap acrylic could lead to bad breath, sore gums, and frequent bouts of thrush.

Quality Materials, Quality Life

Paying more for a nicer denture means investing in a better quality of living. The teeth on your denture will look more natural, the acrylic won’t fracture quite so easily, and it’ll be easier to get that perfect fit. A quality denture also means a better diet since you’ll have an easier time of chewing your food.

Affordable Dentures That Last

Don’t settle for buying the cheapest dentures possible. Rather, you want a set that will last you the longest and help you keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy.

Talk with your dentist or prosthodontist about creating the right kind of denture that meets your needs without emptying your bank account. The dental office may also have suggestions on convenient payment plans to help you comfortably afford your denture.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
9

How Long Should Your Denture Last You?

Posted in Dentures

Most dentures last, on average, five to ten years. It’s hard to say exactly how long your individual denture will last since there are many factors that influence how well the materials hold up or changes in your mouth that occur. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Your Own Oral Health

The health of your gums and jawbone can affect how long a particular denture fits you. If you have any conditions that weaken the bone in your jaw, then you may quickly find that your denture is too loose.

You may also need to make some early changes to your prosthesis if your gums become inflamed due to disease or poor hygiene.

Normal Wear and Tear

Dentures wear down just like natural teeth do. If you have a habit of grinding your dentures or using them to chew very hard foods, then you’ll likely find that they need attention within just a couple of years of getting them.

How Well You Care for Your Prosthesis

While it’s true that your denture can’t erode away from decay as teeth do, it can slowly disintegrate if you don’t take good care of it.

For example, letting your denture dry out can make it warp and cause permanent damage. Your denture can easily dry out if you don’t soak it in water or a denture solution at night.

Damage to Your Plate

Have you dropped your denture at all in the past year? Even a seemingly small accident can alter your bite and change the fit of your plate, warranting replacement.

Have your denture checked annually for cracks, wear, and signs of microbial buildup. Regular cleaning and repairs can help your denture to last as long as possible!

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

Aug
5

Why Your Dentures Make a Whistling Noise When You Talk

Posted in Dentures

Do your dentures whistle whenever you try to pronounce words with “s” sounds?

A noisy denture can be so embarrassing that it may impact your self-confidence and limit your involvement in social situations.

If you can determine the cause behind the whistling, then you may be able to prevent it and speak with confidence.

Getting Used to a New Denture

Your tongue has had years of practice in pronouncing “s” sounds. It knows exactly which point on the roof of your mouth to contact to create the right sound. It comes so naturally that you don’t even have to think about how you do it!

Wearing a denture can drastically change the texture of your mouth. Your tongue may need to relearn where it has to go in order to pronounce a clear “s” sound. Until you figure it out, the air may escape with a whistle whenever you try to pronounce your s’s, causing a slur.

You might struggle with relearning pronunciation to adapt to a new denture. Whether it’s your first set of false teeth or a new one to replace your original denture, a little practice can help you make the transition to clearer and more confident speech.

Adjust Your Denture

What if you can’t speak those “s” sounds clearly no matter how much you practice?

The problem may boil down to a subtle design flaw in your denture. The part that covers the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth may be too thick or too thin. Alternatively, the front teeth may be positioned a little too far forward.

Visit a denture dentist to find out how you can adjust your denture for clearer speech.

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

Aug
4

4 Ways to Keep Your Dentures from Sliding Around

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture so loose that it slips around your mouth? Try these methods to give your “plage” a more secure fit.

Swallow When You Place Your Denture

For starters, make sure you’re placing your denture with the proper technique. After seating your denture on your gums, gently bite your teeth together to secure it, close your lips, and swallow. This creates a suction in the mouth that should help your prosthesis seal to against your gums. It can take a little practice to get this right, especially if you’re new to wearing dentures.

Use a Denture Adhesive

A denture cream or paste may give you improved comfort and a greater sense of security. Wash it off of your denture at the end of every day, though. If you don’t, the buildup of product could make your denture feel loose all over again.

Check Your Denture Fit

If a denture doesn’t fit no matter what you try, then the denture itself may need an adjustment. It might have to be altered to adjust to changes in your jawbone or gum tissue. Dropping your denture, washing it in hot water, using the wrong cleaning chemicals on it, or letting it dry out can also damage its fit.

Try an Implant Denture

When all else fails to fix your loose denture, it could be a sign that it’s just not right for you. Some people have a very difficult time wearing dentures successfully. You might do better with a dental prosthesis that’s supported by implants. Your prosthesis will rest securely on top of the implants instead of sliding around and pressing on your gums.

Contact a dentist near you to find out how to get a better denture fit.

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

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