Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

6 Reasons You Should Get an Implant Supported Denture

Posted in Dentures

An implant denture or overdenture rests on dental implants instead of directly on your gums. The implants attach to the base of the denture to keep it from slipping around.

Getting implants to secure your denture is a relatively minimally-invasive procedure. On top of that, there are several great benefits to anchoring your prosthesis in place.

Chew Better

You’d still have to avoid very sticky or hard foods that can damage a denture, but the implants would allow you to chew with more force than before. The better you can bite, the more foods you can enjoy, and the better nutrition your body will get.

Speak More Clearly

There will be no more clicking and slurred words if your denture stays firmly in place during your entire conversation.

Smile and Laugh with Confidence

Probably the worst thing about dentures is how they can make some people embarrassed by their smile. Implants can give you back your confidence.

Avoid Further Bone Loss

When a denture rests directly on the gums, it puts pressure on the jaw underneath. This can trigger a gradual bone resorption process. Implants on the other hand, stimulate bone and maintain the shape of your smile. They absorb pressure and support a denture while promoting healthy bone levels.

Enjoy Greater Comfort

Sick of a pinching, slipping, chafing denture? Prop it up on implants and it won’t irritate your gums so much.

Say Goodbye to Denture Adhesives

Implant dentures cut out the expense and mess of applying denture creams on a daily basis.

Ready to give an implant overdenture a try? Contact your dentist to see if you qualify.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Sep
17

Is It Possible to Change Tooth Color on a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

You’ve noticed that your denture has gotten a bit dingy with time. The teeth just don’t seem as bright as they used to be.

Can you lighten your denture teeth for a whiter smile?

You aren’t the first to ask.

Before Getting a Denture 

Once dentures are made, unfortunately, there’s no way to change the color of the teeth.

Talk with your dentist about what you want your new smile to look like. As you plan your denture design, you get to decide on things like tooth size, shape, and color. Your cosmetic dentist will help you determine which features best suit your complexion and facial shape.

It’s best to make sure that you’re happy with your denture right from the start. If you want whiter teeth later on, your only option is likely to be getting brand-new teeth. So give a lot of thought to the tooth color you want to live with before getting a denture!

How to Whiten Your Denture Teeth

All you can do to get a brighter smile for now is prevent and remove stains that have collected on your denture since you first started wearing it.

A few methods include:

  • Proper brushing and soaking every day to avoid stain buildup
  • Avoid staining foods and habits like smoking
  • Soaking your denture for ten minutes in a bleach and water ratio of 1:10

Never soak your denture or any other cleaning agent in hopes of getting whiter teeth. You can damage metal parts, fade the color of the gums, and even cause chemical irritation in your mouth. Harsh abrasives may scratch the surfaces, allowing even more stain to accumulate.

Always consult your dentist on safe and effective cleaning techniques for getting rid of denture stain.

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

Sep
12

What Is Thrush?

Posted in Dentures

One thing denture wearers have to be on the lookout for is oral thrush, an uncomfortable fungal infection.

You may be more familiar with the term “thrush” when it comes to babies. Newborns are vulnerable to lots of infections with their newly developing immune systems.

But wearing a denture is another common cause of this fungal infection.

Thrush is most often caused by the yeast called Candida albicans. This yeast is present in everyone’s mouths, but bacterial populations usually keep it from overgrowing.

When conditions are just right, however, this yeast can experience a population explosion. Wearing a denture can create prime conditions for the fungus to thrive.

Candida overgrowth causes uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Sores at the corner of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitive mouth and throat tissues
  • White or yellow-colored creamy growth over oral tissues

Why Are Dentures at Risk?

Dentures are prone to developing yeast infections because they can trap microbes in the warm, dark, and rather dry space between the acrylic and the gums.

If you don’t keep your denture clean and remove it daily to clean your mouth, you could be at risk for developing a yeast infection like thrush. Your chances of getting thrush are even higher if you have dry mouth, take antibiotics or corticosteroids, suffer from diabetes, or smoke tobacco.

Prevent Thrush with a Denture

Take good care of your denture by soaking it in water or a safe cleaner and scrubbing it every day. Wipe your gums and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have to prevent debris from building up under your denture. Visit your dentist regularly to have your denture examined and maintained.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Sep
9

How to Stop Your Dentures from Slipping

Posted in Dentures

Loose dentures can be either an embarrassment at the worst, or a good laugh at best!

But social scenarios aside, dentures that slip around can also cause serious oral health problems like:

  • Difficulty eating a nutritious diet
  • Chafing and sores on the gums
  • Accelerated bone loss in the jaw
  • Damage to remaining teeth

How do you keep your denture in place if it’s gotten loose?

Adhesives

Denture adhesives are not meant to be the permanent solution to a loose denture. You might wear an adhesive as a temporary help or as a sort of safety net while you build confidence in wearing your appliance.

You can try a little bit of adhesive to see if that makes you more comfortable until you can see your dentist.

Just remember that a little adhesive goes a long way. More is not better, in this case. If a tiny amount of adhesive isn’t enough to stabilize your denture, then you need to move on to the next step.

Denture Reline

Relining the plastic base of your denture or some other adjustment may help you get a better fit. Remember, dentures are “held in place” by the suction they create between your prosthesis and the soft gum tissue that they rest against.

New Denture

If you go for the cheapest in price, you’ll get the cheapest in quality. A denture is worth investing in. If your current prosthesis isn’t meeting expectations but rather, is causing you trouble, you may want to consider getting a high-end option or working with an experienced denture specialist.

Implant Denture

This is the best way to get a secure bite while preserving the bone in your jaw. Implants aren’t the solution for everyone, but they are definitely worth investigating.

Ask your dentist for tips on keeping your dentures in place.

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

Sep
5

Would Anyone Notice if I Got a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

If you have no teeth right now and then one day showed up with a set of dentures, then yes, your friends would probably notice!

However, you’re here because you still have some natural teeth left. You’re thinking about having them replaced with false ones, but you don’t want that fact to become public knowledge.

Is it possible to get a denture that looks enough like your natural teeth that no one would know the difference?

What Are Dentures Made From?

A denture is typically made of acrylic. This material is lightweight and easy to design to match your mouth. Smooth, pink acrylic gums look just like natural tissues that shines with saliva.

Teeth on a denture are often made from acrylic or porcelain and are shaped and colored to look like actual teeth.

Are you worried that your denture will look like a row of square white pieces of chewing gum? Stock-standard dentures used to look like that, but today’s “false teeth” are made to be much more realistic.

Customizing Your Denture

Before you have any teeth removed, your dentist will use the look of your natural smile to design your new denture. This way, your prosthesis can be all ready to try in on the day your teeth need to be extracted.

You’ll have a say in selecting the gum color, tooth color, size, and shape, and even in designing some unique imperfections to mirror those in your natural teeth (if you like.)

Today, dentures are made to be so realistic that no one ever has to know you’re wearing one. Your dentist will help you decide on an appliance that suits your needs and smile’s appearance.

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

Aug
22

What’s That Clicking Sound in Your Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Most of today’s dentures are primarily made from acrylic resin. This is basically a high grade plastic, but it can make noise when it impacts another prosthesis. It can be hard to ignore the sound if your dentures are clicking into each other at inopportune times!

What’s causing that to happen?

The Clicking Habit

Some denture wearers actually develop the unconscious habit of playing with their dentures with their tongue. This causes a clicking sound that perhaps the denture wearer isn’t aware of.

But if you notice and are annoyed by a clicking sound, then you probably aren’t flipping your denture around with your tongue!

Time for an Adjustment

Dentures usually crash together out of your control for one of two reasons:

  • They don’t have a snug fit on your gums
  • The dentures are vertically too short or too tall so that they close together earlier or later than your jaw naturally intends

In either case, the best solution is to have your denture checked by a dentist and see what tweaks can be made for a more secure fit.

How to Stop Your Dentures from Clicking

If you’re still getting used to wearing dentures, it may take some practice for you to speak with confidence. Take your time learning a new speech pattern. Talk a little slower and more deliberately than usual. You may find the clicking lessens this way.

You may have had your denture for a couple years and are just now noticing the clicking sound. A denture adhesive will buy you a measure of security until you can see a dentist for an adjustment.

At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist for more tips on stopping the click.

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

Aug
21

How to Improve Your Speech with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you just got your first denture, then you may be worried that your speech never sound normal. But it can; getting used to new dentures just takes time.

While dentures are a major life adjustment, the good news is that you can successfully relearn how to speak with confidence!

The following tips will help.

Massage Your Gums

A tense jaw will only make the situation worse. Loosen tense muscles every morning by massaging your jaws and cheeks and chin. This boosts circulation and helps oral structures to relax. The more relaxed your mouth is, the easier it will be to speak while wearing a denture.

Speak Slowly

There’s no rush! When you take time to formulate your thoughts before speaking and then deliberately express them, you’re less likely to fumble over your denture.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing out loud when you’re alone is a great way to get more comfortable with tricky words. Practice words with lots of consonants like D, F, T, and V. If you’re worried about what to say to others, go ahead and rehearse at home in advance. Eventually, your tongue will relearn how to form words around your denture.

The Bite-and-Swallow Trick

One of the simplest things you can do is the bite-and-swallow trick. Bite your denture together and swallow. This helps your denture get a firm grip on your gums. Do this before you start to speak. It will ensure that you don’t trip over your denture as you begin to say something!

Your first denture may cause slurred speech and excess saliva for a little while. But with the help of your dentist, you’ll master talking with a denture in no time!

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

Aug
20

Why You Need to Keep Your Denture in Water

Posted in Dentures

Like other aspects of dentistry, your dentures are designed based upon scientific laws.

Unfortunately, you don’t get to make those laws. One of the first requirements of denture care is this: keep it moist.

By taking good care of your denture as your dentist directs, you’ll keep it in comfortable and workable condition for years to come.

Water Preserves Dentures

Dentures may look like plain old plastic, but that’s not really the case.

A special acrylic makes up the denture base. This material is designed to maintain a certain shape while wet. Otherwise, the acrylic would expand and get loose in a moist environment like your mouth.

If your denture dries out (which it can do overnight), however, it will shrink and warp and won’t go back to its original shape.

Water Protects Dentures

Water in a sealed container provides the perfect cushioning for a denture in the event it gets knocked off the table. Dentures hold up to a lot of chewing, but crashing to the floor is a different story!

Consistently keeping your denture stored in water at night will also make it easier for you to remember where it is. If you casually leave your denture lying around on countertops, the side of the sink, or wrapped in a napkin, you’ll have a hard time tracking it down.

Water Helps You Clean Dentures

If you get in the habit of sleeping in your denture, you’ll probably never find time to clean it. Storing your denture in a bedside glass or container of water will help remind you to give your denture a cleaning on a daily basis.

Learn more about denture care from your local dentist.

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

Aug
19

4 Reasons to Consider Attaching Your Denture to Dental Implants

Posted in Dentures

A denture isn’t the end of the line. A couple of strategically placed dental implants could be all you need to get more life out of your smile.

Here’s how…

1. Eat with Security

With the security implants provide, you won’t have to be as selective in the foods you attempt to chew. Feel free to laugh as loud as you want, too. That denture isn’t going to fall out no matter how hard you sneeze!

An upper denture attached to implants doesn’t have to cover your entire palate like traditional dentures do. This means that foods will finally taste just the way they used to.

2. Less Chafing

One of the biggest complaints with traditional dentures is how they can make the gums quite sore.

If most of the bite pressure is being supported by a couple implants, then your gums will be spared the chafing.

3. Fewer Chances of Losing or Damaging Your Denture

All it takes is one hearty cough and that saliva-soaked denture slides right out of your mouth, through your hands, and smack onto the floor.

Believe it or not, there are far more creative ways folks have lost or broken their dentures.

Implants can keep your denture right where you want until you’re ready to take it out.

On a related note, by attaching your denture to implants, you’ll also enjoy having . . .

4. No More Embarrassing Slips!

You’ll regain so much confidence once you attach your denture to implants. A sense of humor does help you endure those embarrassing moments of wearing a denture. But implants will definitely banish social anxiety for good.

Ask your dentist about whether you’re a candidate for implant dentures.

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

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

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