Dental Tips Blog

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
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
27

Get a Denture for Just One Tooth

Posted in Dentures

Even if you have at least 27 other fully-functioning teeth, that one missing tooth can seem like it’s ruining your life.

Too many people hide their smiles in shame because of a gaping hole in their grin.

If that describes you, then a denture could be just what you need.

What Kind Of Denture?

Don’t worry – you shouldn’t need to have any more teeth extracted!

You may actually qualify for what’s called a partial denture. Like any denture, this is made from a pink acrylic to match your gums. Partial dentures may have metal or acrylic clasps to anchor onto neighboring teeth while it holds a false tooth suspended over the gap.

Life With A Partial Denture

No one has to ever know that you wear the appliance unless you tell them.

You will have to remove your partial denture at night to clean it and soak it in a denture-safe solution. Occasional checkups with your dentist will ensure a snug, clean, and comfortable fit at all times.

Alternatives To A Partial Denture

If you find that life with a partial denture isn’t right for you, then you might want to consider getting a dental implant to fill the empty space. But for the time being, a partial is a fairly quick and noninvasive way to complete your smile.

For a fast fix, you can also opt for a crown-and-bridge restoration. This technique caps two natural teeth and uses them as the support for a false tooth. The downside is that the procedure is not reversible.

To find out whether a removable false tooth (partial denture) is right for you, schedule a visit at your local dental office.

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

Mar
6

How Immediate Are Immediate Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

What’s the appeal of immediate dentures? They mean you don’t have to go without teeth while you transition to your first denture. You get your existing teeth extracted and a new denture delivered on the very same visit.

So, yes, an immediate denture is just that. But the process takes much more than a day.

How It Works

You’ll go through a series of appointments to get your mouth ready for the procedure. The dentist will spend some time planning and designing your denture so that it will be ready to go. It’s also recommended on occasion to have some back teeth extracted early on.

The day you get your denture you’ll have the last teeth removed. Your new denture will go in and help your gums heal. You can go home with your completed smile, but the journey doesn’t end there.

A follow-up appointment within 24-48 hours is necessary to ensure everything is healing properly. As your gums heal, your denture will eventually need some adjustments.

As with any denture, getting used to your new prosthesis will take time and practice.

Is An Immediate Denture Right For You?

Getting a new smile in a day sounds great. But before you go for an immediate denture, think about these considerations:

  • It can be more expensive than a traditional denture
  • You may need to have a second denture made later on
  • Pre-existing health conditions could make it inadvisable for you to get an immediate denture

Discuss your options with your dentist before choosing an immediate denture. With a little careful planning, you can be sure of getting a smile you’ll love!

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

Feb
16

What Is a Denture Reline?

Posted in Dentures

If your denture has started bothering you as of late, then a visit to the dentist for a reline may be in order.

Relining dentures isn’t an expensive procedure. But it can do a lot to improve the comfort of your bite.

Hard vs. Soft Relines

When a dentist relines a denture, he or she applies a layer of material to the inside to make it more comfortable and fit your mouth’s current shape.

A hard reline takes more time and usually requires sending your denture to a lab for a detailed job. Soft relines involve a simple liquid polymer and can often be done by your dentist right there their office.

Why a Reline?

The pressure of using a denture can actually wear down the bone beneath gum tissue. Eventually, this causes a change in the shape of your jaw so that your denture no longer fits the way it originally did. In a way, your denture outgrows your mouth.

Your bone may have already been affected if your denture:

  • Slips around a lot
  • Chafes and causes sores on your gums
  • Requires an adhesive now more than you did before

This process of bone resorption tends to happen most quickly during the first few months after you get dentures. After that, this continues to happen at a slower rate. This is why it’s common to need a reline within the first six months of getting a new prosthesis.

Don’t depend on a powder or paste to give your denture a secure fit. Tackle the problem right at the source. Contact your dentist today to schedule a denture reline appointment.

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

Jan
29

Preparing Yourself for Getting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

It’s hard to believe you’re at this point in your life – the dentist has advised you to get all your remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a denture.

Perhaps you ask yourself how you got here. You might find yourself reviewing poor decisions you made about your dental health in earlier years.

It might be too late to regret skipped dental visits now, but it’s not too late to change one thing: your view of the situation.

Focus On The Benefits

Dentures aren’t shameful. They are an essential tool for enjoying life for anybody who has lost teeth for any reason. Think about how you’ll be able to enjoy a clean pain-free mouth with fresh breath and smile confidently in photos.

Do A Little Research

Dentures are often a barrier to good nutrition since they can reduce the capacity of your bite. When you have to worry about your teeth slipping and sliding, you’re more likely to opt for mac ‘n’ cheese than a fresh salad.

With a little research, you can find ways to enjoy healthy and tasty foods prepared in denture-friendly ways. Start now so that you can have a personalized recipe book ready to go.

Build Trust In Your Dentist

The most important thing you can do is get to know your dentist who will be providing you with your new denture. When you have a trusting relationship, you’ll be confident that you’ll like your new look. It also makes it easier to freely voice any concerns you may have.

Contact your dentist with any more denture questions.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Jan
10

Lessons on Oral Hygiene from George Washington’s Denture

Posted in Dentures

We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.

George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.

Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.

Take Care Of Your Denture!

One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.

If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.

Make Your Natural Teeth Last

Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.

You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-2191

Jan
4

These Signs Could Mean That You Have Denture Stomatitis

Posted in Dentures

While this may be the first time you’re hearing about denture stomatitis, odds are good that you have heard of thrush before. A thrush infection can occur in anyone with a weakened immune system. But it is actually most common among denture wearers.

Thrush is an infection resulting from an excessive growth of a yeast called Candida albicans. This fungus is present in everyone’s mouths but it tends to take over when bacterial populations are out of balance or oral hygiene is poor…and often under dentures.

The warm moist space between your gums and a denture makes a prime place for this yeast to thrive in. So, if you wear one, here are some signs that you could have a classic case of thrush.

You…

  • Don’t remove your denture for daily cleaning
  • Don’t allow your mouth to “rest” or “breathe” each day
  • Notice redness under your denture
  • Have sore spots at the corners of your mouth
  • Have a denture that isn’t fitting right these days, and actually hurts a little

Use of an inhaler also ups your chances that denture discomfort is connected to thrush. It doesn’t take much for you dentist to diagnose denture-related stomatitis. A look at your gums and a few questions about your denture hygiene are usually all it takes, but a lab test can also confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for thrush may involve a prescription medication. But the best thing to do starting out is simply to stop wearing your denture so much. Red and angry gums are saying that they’ve had enough! Your dentist will review with you some instructions for keeping your denture clean and comfortable.

Contact your dentist if it seems that your denture could be contributing to a case of thrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334

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