Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

Are Second-Hand Dentures an Option?

Posted in Dentures

Jokes flew when one man posted a used denture for sale in a Facebook group for local buying, selling, and trading.

Surprisingly, there are plenty of second-hand dentures on eBay and in flea markets.

Who would ever buy used false teeth? The idea has appeal if it means saving a buck on your next denture. But there are three good reasons why a second-hand denture is not an option.

Denture Acrylic Hosts Germs

Dentures look like a solid piece of plastic, but they are actually porous. This means that the surface of the acrylic is covered with tiny holes that can host bacteria. It doesn’t matter how clean the appliance looks on the outside – putting in a used denture can put you at risk for picking up some unknown infection.

Used Dentures Are Not So Useful

If it’s second-hand, then the denture already has some mileage. Dentures wear down with time and can get fragile after being dropped once or twice. Buying a set of used false teeth means that you won’t get much life out them, anyway.

That Denture Was Not Designed for You

If you wear a denture custom-designed for someone else’s mouth, you’ll likely experience chafing and swelling in your gums. Uneven pressure can also cause your jaw bone to wear down faster than if you had a properly-fitting denture.

The best option is to have a custom denture made to fit the unique shape of your mouth. Ask your dentist about ways to afford a quality tooth replacement appliance.

As for your retired dentures, hold onto them – don’t sell them! They’re a safer option than borrowing someone else’s in the event you need a backup.

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

Aug
2

6 Things That Can Happen When You Wear a Poorly-Fitting Denture

Posted in Dentures

Has your denture gotten a little loose? A poorly-fitting denture can cause some major problems that you can’t afford to just ignore.

  1. Yeast Infection or Thrush

A denture that slips and slides provides the perfect openings for little microorganisms like fungus to flourish in. As a result, you can develop a yeast infection, also called thrush, under your denture.

If your denture is loose, you may salivate a lot. This extra saliva can pool up at the corners of your mouth and provide yet more moist hideouts for the fungus, resulting in sore cracks called cheilitis.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Eating with a denture is tough as it is. If the denture doesn’t fit, then you can forget about chewing properly, either.

Difficulty eating can affect you in social situations and even impact the nutritional quality of your diet.

  1. Embarrassing Moments While Talking

It’s hard to ignore all those whistles and clicks while having a conversation with someone. A badly-fitted denture might make you more self-conscious and reserved about talking than you normally are.

  1. Sore Gums

A loose denture will chafe your delicate gum tissue and can cause sores that make it painful to wear your denture, at all.

  1. Bone Loss

The more your denture moves around, the more it puts awkward pressure on your jawbone. This leads to rapid bone-loss and changes the shape of your mouth and facial profile even more.

  1. Headaches or Jaw Aches

You may be doing tricks with your tongue and jaw to help stabilize a loose denture. This can put a strain on your TMJ and lead to headaches and pain while moving your jaw.

Visit a  denture specialist as soon as possible for an adjustment.


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

Jul
15

Do I Have to Take My Partial Denture Out at Night When I Sleep?

Posted in Dentures

After getting a partial denture, you’ll be instructed to not wear it overnight. You might be in the habit of forgetting and falling asleep with your partial in, but it’s an important rule to comply with.

Perhaps you’re in a social situation where you’d feel awkward being seen without your false tooth in, even late at night.

Why is it so important to not wear your partial denture at night?

Your Mouth at Night

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep, this could damage your partial. Then you wouldn’t have anything to replace your tooth with when you wake up.

Hygiene concerns also factor in. Your mouth tends to dry out at night while you sleep. Leaving a partial denture in only leaves more space for harmful bacteria to collect. There isn’t that steady saliva flow you have during the day which normally rinses away bacteria.

Lastly, your gums will appreciate having a break from the metal and acrylic frame pressing on them! Give your mouth a chance to “breathe” while you sleep, to avoid infection or bone loss from the pressure.

What to Do with Your Partial at Night

Your partial denture should be cleaned once a day. Right before bed is a great time. Use a denture brush and a mild hand soap or denture cleaner to give them a gentle scrubbing. This removes plaque and debris.

Also brush and floss your remaining natural teeth.

Rinse thoroughly and then store your partial in a container of fresh water or a denture solution overnight. In the morning, pop your partial back in after thoroughly brushing it.

For more tips on keeping your partial denture comfortable for years to come, visit your local dentist.

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

May
20

How to Get Rid of Stain on Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Before you break out the steel wool, take a minute to consider some safe ways to clean stain off your denture.

Brush Regularly

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a good brushing. Brushing your denture with a soft brush at least once a day should do wonders for preventing stain buildup.

Soak Daily

If you sleep with your denture in at night, you’re only increasing the likelihood of stain. Removing your appliance and soaking it in water and denture cleanser will help keep stain from drying onto the teeth and discoloring them.

Now for some other tricks you can try for lifting old stain from your denture.

Bleach

A few-minute soak in a ratio of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts of water could help lighten stain. But be careful you don’t soak more than ten minutes – it could also bleach the acrylic gums or make them brittle.

(Disclaimer: NEVER use this soak without first consulting your dentist.)

Vinegar

Equal parts of white vinegar and water can be used on occasion to loosen tartar deposits that dull teeth. This method, too, should first be cleared with your dentist.

When All Else Fails

Heading to your local dental office is definitely the best thing you can do. While you have your regular checkup, trained team members will remove denture debris by hand and give your denture an ultrasonic cleaning.

You can’t whiten denture teeth the way you do natural teeth. So there may come a time when you have to retire your current denture because the tooth color has darkened. At that point, you’ll get to start over from a clean slate!

Remember to ask your dentist about the best way to remove stain from your denture.

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

May
13

Is it Harmful to Chew without Teeth?

Posted in Dentures

No matter how skilled you might be at eating with no teeth, there are some serious consequences that can result.

Gum Infections

Your soft gums aren’t designed to chew food. They only cushion teeth and bone. If you chew directly on your gums, they can get cut, irritated, and develop uncomfortable infections.

Jaw Bone Shrinkage

Just like your gums, the bone in your jaw wasn’t meant to take the direct force of chewing. The pressure of chewing without teeth can cause your jaw to wear down and shrink, giving your smile a collapsed look. This shape makes it even harder to fit your jaw for dentures or implants later on.

Poor Digestion and Nutrition

Without teeth, food doesn’t spend a lot of time in the mouth. You may not produce enough saliva to help everything go down smoothly.

Teeth are necessary for breaking food down into manageable portions. If you can’t chew your food thoroughly, the large bits won’t break up as well. This can lead to indigestion, excess bacterial growth, and gas.

As you reach for soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow without teeth, you might pass up some key nutrients your body needs. A well-rounded diet that includes crunchy grains and vegetables is good for your health, but hard to manage when you have no teeth. As a result, you can suffer nutritional deficiencies.

Going tooth-free sounds like a good way to save money, but you may end up spending more on the resulting complications. Chewing with a denture is better than nothing.

Are you ready to start talking about possible tooth replacement options? Contact a dentist in your area for a consultation.

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

May
6

Is Your Denture Making Your Gums Red? What it Could Mean

Posted in Dentures

Denture-related stomatitis shows up as an angry red patch of tissue directly underneath a full or partial denture. It can also cause the corners of the mouth to get sore, red, and chapped-looking.

If you’ve noticed an odd red patch under your denture, then you could be suffering from a specific kind of stomatitis. “Stomatitis” means inflammation of the mouth.

The inflammation is typically caused by a fungus called candida. The resulting growth is actually a yeast infection and is also known as thrush. It’s the same kind newborn babies can get.

There’s no outrunning the infection since everyone has the candida fungus present in their mouths, all the time.

But what causes it to suddenly flourish and cause thrush?

Denture stomatitis is most common in denture wearers. An unclean denture or one that’s left in the mouth for long periods of time provides the perfect environment for candida to thrive. Smoking also contributes to the irritation.

How can you get rid of a candida infection? The steps are very simple and with a dentist’s advice, your thrush should clear up in a matter of weeks, or even less.

  1. Give your denture a thorough cleaning with a denture-safe cleaner and brush.
  2. Soak your denture and allow your mouth to “breathe” for periods of time, ideally overnight.
  3. Carefully clean plaque and food debris from your gums and any remaining teeth twice a day, at the least.
  4. Use an antifungal medication or lozenge as prescribed by your dentist.

There could be some other less common culprit behind the wound on your gums. Although yeast infections clear up easily, you should still see your dentist for an examination to rule out other causes.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-002

Apr
25

What Are Snap-on Dentures – Pros and Cons of Snap-on Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Regular dentures can slip out of one’s mouth easily, causing public embarrassment. The solution to this problem comes from snap-on dentures, which snap on to dental implants placed at the sides of the inner jaw. Sometimes, multiple implant posts are used as anchors for the snap-on dentures. These dentures stay in place and do not slide or fall out while eating, speaking, coughing or sneezing. As with any other device, there are advantages and disadvantages to snap-on dentures. Read on to know what they are! Read the rest of this entry »

Apr
22

Is a Denture the Best Tooth Replacement Option for You?

Posted in Dentures

To many people, getting a denture is just another inevitable life change.

You do have more than one option, however. So here’s what you need to know in order to make the best decision about replacing your teeth.

What a Denture Is

Dentures are usually made from acrylic. The “gums” can be colored to match your natural tissues. Teeth are also individually designed to look just like your original ones.

Complete dentures replace all teeth on an arch. A partial denture has just one or a few teeth supported by an acrylic or metal frame that rests on existing teeth.

What You Should Know About Dentures

You can bite up to six times harder with natural teeth than you can with false ones. This means that after getting dentures, you’ll likely have some limitations in what you can eat.

Just because dentures are not real teeth doesn’t mean you don’t need to take care of them. You’d still have to clean, brush, and soak it daily to keep your gums (and any remaining teeth) healthy.

Denture Alternatives

Instead of traditional dentures, you may qualify for dental implants. There are many different methods for replacing one or more teeth with implant technology. If you want a quick and fixed option, a simple dental bridge may suffice.

Having your teeth pulled to get a denture sounds like an easy way to be done with dental issues forever. But that’s really the fast track to a new set of problems. So the best alternative really is to hold onto your natural teeth as long as you can.

Talk with your dentist to find out whether a denture is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Mar
31

The Truth About False Teeth

Posted in Dentures

Dentures certainly have a stigma attached to them. They seem to indicate diminished beauty, health, and age. Some people are afraid to have their teeth extracted to get a denture. Others worry that their denture will look fake or be uncomfortable.

What are dentures really like?

No One Has to Know

Dentures are made to look far more realistic than ever before. They don’t come in a uniform style. If you get dentures, they can even be made to resemble your original teeth, imperfections and all. Tooth alignment, color, gum color and contour – all of that can be made to reflect your original (or ideal) smile.

Bring in photos of the smile you want and your dentist will design the denture based on that.

A denture today will fit far better than you remember your parents’ dentures fitting. Dentures are made to closely fit the gums using the lightest material possible, like acrylic. Some dentures even rest on implants for a more stable bite.

Modern denture technology means you’re less likely to have your teeth fall out at inopportune moments!

Getting a Denture Doesn’t Have to Hurt

It’s all about preparation. If you carefully follow instructions for preparing for extractions and healing, things should go smoothly. Dental sedation may even be a practical aid to getting you through any needed surgeries or extractions.

Your dentist will help you to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the transition to false teeth. Don’t be shy about asking any questions or voicing any concerns.

You may yet have other options for replacing lost teeth. Schedule a visit with your dentist to find out which restorative option is right for you.

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

Mar
30

How Much Does it Cost to Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

For some folks, dentures are a costly investment.

If you are deciding whether or not to get false teeth, you’re understandably worried about the investment.

Take a minute to consider what dentures actually cost and then decide for yourself – are they really worth it to you?

What Factors In?

Dentures never come at a one-price-fits-all deal. They can range in cost from a few hundred dollars to nearly $8,000. The price varies depending on how detailed your dentures are, what they’re made from, where you get them from, and how much your insurance covers.

Besides the dentures themselves, you’re looking at expenses for:

  • Evaluations and x-rays
  • Manufacturing fees
  • Adjustments and relines
  • Surgery or extractions (if needed)

Clearly, it gets a little tricky to estimate the cost of dentures!

If you still have plenty of fully functioning teeth left, don’t be in a hurry to get them pulled. You could save a lot more money by just taking care of the teeth you have rather than exchanging them for dentures.

On the other hand, just deciding to go ahead with dentures could be the wiser route. That’s only if you would be throwing away cash to repair teeth with no hope of staying intact for long.

Are Dentures Right for You?

Bear in mind that the “cost” of dentures involves more than just the price tag.

Before making a decision, you’ll need to think about what you may sacrifice by getting (or not getting) dentures. Carefully weigh your priorities and get some help in determining the right choice for you.

Contact your dentist to get a full dental check-up as well as a treatment cost estimate for dentures or other options like implants.

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

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