Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

The Real Cost of Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just get dentures and be done with expensive dental work for good?

Before you make any drastic decisions, make sure you know exactly what dentures will cost you when it’s all said and done.

How Much Dentures Cost

A good quality denture that looks natural and feels comfortable can cost around an average of $2,000, depending on where you live. That’s just for one plate. You may pay twice that amount to wear both an upper and lower denture.

Having dental insurance or a financing plan can make dentures more affordable. Even so, you might suffer a bit of sticker shock when you find out how much a new denture could cost up front.

Other Costs Associated with Dentures

In addition to the denture itself, you’ll also need to pay for various diagnostics, temporary prosthetics, and all services related to extracting any remaining teeth. These can then add up to the overall cost of your denture planning.

Extracting all of your teeth in favor of getting dentures might not be the cheapest option, after all.

Lifetime Denture Maintenance

Having dentures doesn’t free you from your daily oral care routine. If anything, you may have to spend more time each day on cleaning your denture than you now do on brushing and flossing. Good denture care is essential to preventing infections and bad breath.

Dentures also negatively impact the way you taste and chew foods, and the way you speak.

Are you ready to make all of these sacrifices when your natural teeth could be preserved after all?

Dentures may be the best solution for some people but that doesn’t make them an immediate go-to for someone with dental problems. Ask your dentist about the healthiest and most cost-effective treatment options available for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Laguna West Dental Care
9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 683-7300

Dec
31

6 Steps for Easy Denture Cleaning

Posted in Dentures

Are you getting your first denture? Do you have to clean the prosthesis of a dependent loved one? Just looking for some reminders to make sure you’re doing things correctly?

Follow these six steps to get a comfortable and fresh denture.

  1. Line the Sink

The best place to clean dentures is over a clean sink that’s filled with water and/or lined with a soft towel. This will prevent breakage if the denture slips and falls during the process.

  1. Soak the Denture

Soak the denture in a cleaning solution designed for dentures. This will loosen food, stains, and plaque.

  1. Brush Gently with Denture Brush

Dentures need brushing at least once a day. Don’t use any stiff-bristled brushes or steel wool that can scratch the surfaces. Avoid putting pressure on metal attachment parts, which could snap.

  1. Rinse Well!

Denture cleaning chemicals are strong, can leave a bad taste, and burn your gums. Rinse the denture thoroughly after cleaning it.

  1. Clean Your Mouth

Cleaning your mouth prevents bad breath and infections. It also helps the tissues inside feel fresh. Remaining teeth should be brushed with a toothbrush. How you clean a mouth with no teeth depends on the individual. Some use a soft toothbrush while others prefer a washcloth.

  1. Store Dentures in Water at Night

Make sure your dentures are properly stored for the night. It’s bad for the gums to leave them in while sleeping. Dentures should be submerged in a sealed container of water overnight. You may want to schedule your full cleaning routine every evening before bed.

Even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, your dentist still needs to check that your denture fits well and screen you for conditions such as oral cancer.

Call you or your loved one’s dentist today to schedule a visit.

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

Dec
30

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Your Dentures When You Sleep

Posted in Dentures

Despite your dentist’s reminders, you’re still tempted to keep your oral appliance in all night long.

Here are five reasons to not wear your denture while you sleep. These just might motivate you to heed your dentist’s instructions!

  1. Leaving Your Denture in Will Cause Bad Breath

Dentures trap odor-producing bacteria against your mouth at all times. Leaving them in all night long allows those smelly germs to multiply over the course of several hours. As a result, you’ll wake up with a terrible case of halitosis that’s hard to get rid of.

  1. You Could Develop a Yeast Infection

In addition to bacteria, fungus can also grow on a denture that’s left in overnight. Habitually leaving your denture in for long periods of time can cause an uncomfortable and stinky fungal infection on your gums.

  1. Your Gums Will Hurt

Your gums need a chance to relax and “breathe” free of your denture. If you leave your denture in overnight when your mouth dries out, it can pinch and chafe your gums the next day.

  1. Your Denture Can Lose Its Fit

Saliva production slows down at night and makes your oral tissues dry out. Dentures, too, can easily dry out when they aren’t kept sufficiently moist. Too many nights of sleeping with your denture in can cause irreversible damage by warping.

  1. Your Other Teeth Have an Increased Risk of Decay 

A reduced saliva flow at night coupled with the increased bacterial growth can put your remaining teeth at risk of enamel erosion and decay. Poor denture hygiene makes your other teeth more likely to develop cavities.

Get more denture care tips by talking with your dentist.

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

Dec
28

How Long Will You Be Without Teeth When You Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Are you worried about what you’ll do in the meantime with no teeth while you wait for your denture? How will you eat or talk to people?

Healing After Tooth Extraction

Your mouth needs time to heal after teeth have been pulled; and your gums may be quite swollen. A normal denture won’t comfortably fit over swollen gums. The shape of your mouth continues to change throughout the healing process, so it can be several months before your gums are ready for a permanent denture fit.

This doesn’t mean to have to go without teeth for months after extracting them, though.

What Are Your Options After Tooth Extraction?

You’ll be given a temporary denture to wear that’s designed to fit over swollen gums on the day of your extractions. This interim denture will control the swelling and keep you smiling while you wait until your mouth is ready for a permanent prosthesis.

If you’d prefer not to wear a temporary denture, then your dentist can outfit you with an immediate one. This will be the denture you wear from now on. It will be large enough to fit over swollen gums during healing, but it will have to be adjusted later on to fit your mouth as it changes shape.

If you’re in good health with an appropriate quality of bone tissue in your jaw, then you might qualify for implant dentures on the same day your teeth are extracted.

Whether you opt for same-day implants, a temporary denture, or an immediate one, rest assured that your dentist will have a solution so that you won’t go without teeth for long! Contact a denture provider near you to learn about your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Dec
24

Young and Living with Dentures—How You Can Overcome the Challenges

Posted in Dentures

No matter what your age, losing teeth and getting dentures can be traumatic and life-changing. This transition, however, is especially difficult if it happens when you’re quite young.

How can you deal with the particular challenge of wearing dentures at a relatively young age?

Remember That Dentures Are Common

Older people often need dentures because their teeth are worn out after years of use and disease. But age isn’t the only reason teeth go missing.

The fact is that people of all ages can need dentures because teeth are lost for different reasons completely unrelated to age. Cancer, gum disease, trauma, a genetic condition, or even major acid reflux can all result in tooth damage that necessitates dentures.

You have no need to feel ashamed for needing dentures any more than an amputee needs a wheelchair or prosthetic arm.

Dentures are more common among young people than you may even know. Your denture dentist can connect you with support groups that will help you realize just how common dentures are.

With Time and Practice, You Will Get Used to Your Denture

Dentures don’t feel natural at first. But you can boost your confidence by practicing at home: singing, laughing, chewing food, reading out loud. Do everything until you feel more comfortable. A denture adhesive can also help.

You’re Not Limited to Dentures

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you; it’s far from over just because you have dentures! Being young, you likely have the health and time to invest in a more permanent and natural tooth replacement such as dental implants.

Ask your dentist for more information on modern denture alternatives that won’t interfere with your lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

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

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