Dental Tips Blog

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

Oct
21

It’s Time to Repair Your Denture if You Notice These Signs

Posted in Dentures

You’ve had your dentures for a little while now, and you’ve gotten accustomed to some new-ish inconveniences that they’ve started to cause.

Sound familiar? Actually, dentures are not supposed to cause you any discomfort. When working properly, they should behave almost like your natural teeth.

If you experience any of the signs listed below, you need to get your dentures repaired or even replaced.

Small chips and cracks – You’ve bitten into something hard, and heard a crack! There’s no broken teeth, but that doesn’t mean that your appliance isn’t damaged. Small cracks and chips can cause sharp edges, which can hurt your tongue and cheeks.

Difficulty chewing – Dentures are designed to help you chew better. So if you notice over time that chewing is beginning to get more difficult, you need your dentures repaired or refitted to your mouth.

Slipping out of place – Your dentures should stay put, but they’ve begun to have a mind of their own and slip out of place. This is a sign that your dentures don’t fit properly anymore and needs to be adjusted.

Clacking sound when eating or speaking – Generally, dentures should behave like normal teeth. If you hear an annoying clicking sound then your dentures most likely don’t fit properly.

Sore gums – dentures that need adjustment or repairs can put unnecessary pressure on your gums, resulting in pain and sores on your gums.

Your dentures are supposed to make your life easier, not more difficult. So if they are causing you pain or discomfort, you should get them repaired or replaced before they lead to other problems.

Schedule an appointment with your local dentist to get your dentures back on track.

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

Oct
15

Travel Tips for Denture Wearers

Posted in Dentures

Traveling with a denture doesn’t have to be any more exciting or risky than traveling with a full set of teeth. You just have to be prepared!

Have a backup.

Do you have an old denture that doesn’t fit very well? It’s a good idea to bring it along, stored in a case of clean water. You may opt to wear that one if you have plans to go kayaking on the lake and don’t want to risk your good denture falling out where it can’t be easily retrieved.

On the other hand, an old backup denture could come in handy if you do lose your regular one. At least you don’t have to go home with no teeth!

Use a secure case.

Perhaps you’re used to just keeping your dentures in a glass of water on your bedside table. But you might want to purchase a more secure case for your travels. You need something that will store your denture in water and will protect it in case it gets knocked off an unfamiliar nightstand in a dark room.

Alert your dentist.

Let your dentist know that you’ll be out of town for an extended time. He or she may be able to give you the contact information of reliable denture dentists in the area you’re headed for. In the event of an emergency, you’ll know who to call.

Keep spare cleaning products.

Why stick to just one box of your favorite denture cleaner? Keep extra on hand in case something gets lost in a checked suitcase that never shows up.

Ask your dentist for more tips on how to care for your denture on your next trip.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

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

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