Dental Tips Blog

Apr
14

5 Tips for the Best Denture Care

Posted in Dentures

Your new denture is a valuable investment, and one that you depend on every single day. So it only makes sense that you want to take good care of your denture and make it last a long time.

Here are five things you should do to keep your denture clean, strong, and beautiful for many years.

  1. Rinse After Eating

You can prevent a lot of stain, odor, and debris buildup on your denture if you rinse it carefully after each meal or snack. A quick rinse under water is all it takes. Swish some water in your mouth too before putting your denture back in.

  1. Brush Your Denture Thoroughly

Use a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures to clean your appliance. Regular brushing removes food debris and prevents stains from settling into the acrylic. Handle your denture with care while you clean it.

  1. Soak When Not in Use

Did you know that dentures can shrink and warp if they dry out? They’re designed to fit perfectly in a moist environment like your mouth. That’s why you need to soak your denture in a dentist-approved solution during times you’re not wearing it, such as while you sleep.

  1. Clean Your Mouth, Too

Germs on your gums can move right back in to a clean denture. Wipe down your gums every day, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left. Use a rinse to control bacteria growth if your dentist advises it.

  1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups are as important for denture-wearers as they are for those with natural teeth. See your dentist often to make sure your denture is strong, and your mouth is healthy.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
9

5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture isn’t the same process for everyone. It’s helpful if you understand your own unique needs and circumstances before getting a set of “false teeth.” Here are five important questions to discuss with your dentist to make sure you understand the recommended treatment.

  1. How will dentures change the way I eat and talk?

Getting dentures is a big commitment since there’s no going back to your natural teeth once they’re gone. It’s crucial that you understand how a prosthesis will change your life before you commit to one.

  1. Should I keep any of my remaining natural teeth?

You may be anxious to get rid of your remaining natural teeth, especially if you keep getting cavities or having other problems. But as long as they’re still strong, you may be better off holding onto them and getting a partial denture.

  1. What kind of denture is right for me?

There are many different kinds of dental prostheses. Your dentist will help you find out which materials and design are right for your smile.

  1. Are there any alternatives to getting a denture?

A denture may not even be the solution you need. Ask your dentist about partial dentures, bridges, implants and other options for restoring your bite.

  1. How can I keep my dentures in good shape?

Getting a denture is only the start of your new responsibility. Keeping your denture in shape and your mouth in good health requires some work on your part. Your dentist will explain what you should do to get the most out of your denture.

Visit a dentist in your area to ask any other questions you have.

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

Mar
13

How to Get Dentures That Don’t Look “Fake”

Posted in Dentures

The time has come for you to part with most of your remaining natural teeth. Fortunately, you can achieve a natural-looking smile by choosing a denture that looks realistic.

Find a Good Denture Dentist

Search for a dentist or prosthodontist who specializes in dentures. Almost any dentist can make you a denture, but the ones who focus on dentures have the time and experience to craft a realistic-looking set of teeth.

Denture providers take into consideration your facial features, skin tone, and bite physics to design a prosthesis that suits your unique needs.

Invest in a Quality Appliance

When it comes to dentures, you get what you pay for. Cheap dentures will have a rather generic appearance. It costs more to get one that’s tailored to your looks and preferences. If you choose the cheapest option, you may end up with unnaturally large, white, or square teeth on your denture.

It’s worth it to get a set of teeth that look like your natural ones.

Consider an Implant Bridge or Implant-Supported Denture

Have you given any thought to dental implants? Now is a good time to do so before you start planning the extraction of your remaining teeth.

It isn’t practical to replace every single tooth with its own dental implant. But you can get two or four implants in an arch to support a denture appliance.

These implants will help preserve the shape and height of your smile since they add structure to your jaw bone. This is the best way to keep your smile looking natural, while wearing a denture.

Ask a dentist near you about which option is best for replacing your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Mar
3

How to Make Your Denture More Comfortable

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can sometimes feel bulky, uncomfortable, and far from natural-feeling. A poorly fitting denture can even cause painful sores and chafing.

Here are five ways that you can make your prosthetic teeth as comfortable as possible.

Keep Your Denture Clean

Most importantly, maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This includes cleaning your denture daily and properly cleaning your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth. If you let food and bacterial debris build up underneath your denture, you increase your risk for gum irritation.

Use an Adhesive

Less is more when it comes to denture adhesives. Just a tiny bit of denture paste, powder, or cream can give you added confidence that your denture will stay in place.

Soak Your Denture at Night

If you let your denture dry out, the acrylic can warp and shrink slightly, changing its fit. Keep your denture hydrated by storing it in water or a dentist-approved denture soaking solution while you sleep.

Your mouth dries out while you sleep, encouraging bacterial growth, so wearing your dentures at night can lead to fungal infections such as thrush. Soaking your denture at night not only keeps it comfortable, but your mouth healthy.

Practice!

Practice chewing and speaking with your denture from the privacy of your own home. This will build your confidence in your ability to talk and dine with others when you’re in public.

Let Your Dentist Make Adjustments

No denture will fit for a lifetime. As your jawbone changes over time, your denture will require adjustments to stay comfortable. Visit your dentist regularly to check the fit of your denture and see if it needs repairs.

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

Jan
26

Why Your Dentures Don’t Fit Like They Used To

Posted in Dentures

When you first got your dentures, they felt nice and snug and you could chew with confidence.

But now that a few years have gone by, they’re starting to feel a little loose. They slip out of place when you chew and click when you speak.

What’s going on?

Why Dentures Get Loose

Your denture rests directly on your gums for support. When you bite down, the force of your bite presses on the bone underneath. This is different from the way teeth put pressure on bone; teeth have roots embedded deep within the jaw, taking the blunt of the force.

Over time, this constant pressure on your jawbone can actually cause it to start wearing away. As a result, the shape of your mouth changes but your denture doesn’t change to fit it.

Eventually, even the best dentures get loose.

How to Make Your Dentures Fit Again

Your first instinct might be to pack on the denture adhesive. But this solution is only temporary. Adhesive works best in small amounts, anyway, in line with the “less is more” principle.

Never attempt adjusting your denture at home since you could cause irreversible damage.

The best solution for a loose denture is to have it adjusted by a dentist. Only your dentist can successfully reline your denture for a more comfortable fit. If your denture is beyond repairing, then it may be time to get a new one altogether.

If your dentures are loose, then it’s time to see your dentist for advice. Waiting too long will only make things worse, since loose dentures can cause sore gums and wear down your bone even faster.

Call today to find out how you can get a better-fitting appliance.

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

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
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
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

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

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