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

Are Dental Implants Removable?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal screw that serves as a replacement for a tooth root. Like natural tooth roots, an implant doesn’t come out once it goes in.

How Implants Stay in Place

To place an implant, a dentist opens a portion of the gums to expose the bone. He or she then creates a hole in the bone and places the implant inside. Implants usually have threads like a screw that help them get a firmer “grip” for the bone to fuse around.

The gums are then closed up over the implant to let the bone heal around it. This process usually takes several months. Once osseointegration occurs, the gums are pulled back to reveal the top of the implant. Next, an abutment is attached to the root, to support a crown or bridge – the visible “tooth” part of the implant.

Once surgically-placed and then incorporated into bone, an implant isn’t easily removed. Even so, implants aren’t invincible.

Keep Your Dental Implant for Life!

While implants are meant to be permanent, they can fail if neglected.

An implant needs to be carefully brushed and gently flossed just like any other tooth. Proper oral hygiene prevents plaque bacteria from building up along teeth and gums. Plaque triggers gum inflammation that can loosen the bond between implant and bone.

Have you heard of someone having a removable implant? Most likely, they have a dental implant that supports a removable appliance. Implant roots can support removable full and partial dentures. They are taken out for cleaning like normal prosthesis, but they have a more secure fit, thanks to implants.

Learn more about dental implants by discussing them with your local dentist.

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

Oct
21

What Are Mini Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You may be interested in getting a dental implant or two but you’ve been told that you don’t have enough bone to support implants.

Fortunately, there are other options. This is where the “miniature” version comes in.

Mini implants work just like regular ones. They require a brief procedure in which the dentist or surgeon creates an opening in the bone beneath the gums and inserts a titanium, artificial “root” (implant.) The implant, in turn, support a dental crown or bridge.

The biggest difference is that mini implants are smaller than the regular version.

But the differences don’t end there. Because mini implants are smaller, they allow for a more conservative procedure.

You could get even possibly get your implants placed and restored with a new restoration in the same appointment. You may even be able to start using your tooth that very day. There aren’t any sutures and you don’t need to be sedated beyond having local anesthesia to numb up the implant site.

Mini implants, like their larger counterparts, can also anchor dentures with their ball-and-socket attachments. This is a great option if you’ve already been wearing a denture for years and need a more secure fit.

Wearing a denture for a long time can cause permanent changes in the shape of the jaw. You might be tired of having to constantly adjust your prosthesis so it fits your changing mouth. But by then, there’s not enough bone left to justify conventional implants.

Mini implants make the most of the bone you have left, sparing you the need for bone grafting. They’ll also help secure your denture so that you can put an end to all those reline appointments.

Are mini implants right for you? Find out by asking your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Oct
21

What’s the Difference Between an Implant and an Implant Restoration?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant generally refers to the entire “root” and “tooth” that a dentist places into the jaw.

Technically speaking, however, the implant is only the artificial root (screw) inside the jaw bone that supports the implant restoration.

Types of Implant Restorations

To restore an implant is to place the fixed restoration that goes on top. Usually, this consists of one of the following:

  • Crown
  • Bridge
  • Denture

The difference is that these restorations are designed to attach onto the implant instead of conventional uses.

Which restoration is right for you depends on what your smile needs. A crown replaces a single tooth, a bridge is good for replacing multiple teeth, and even a denture can be secured on a few implants.

What Is an Implant Restorative Dentist?

Some dentists may advertise the fact that they restore dental implants. What this means is that the dentist has experience finishing an implant so that it becomes a beautiful and functional part of your smile.

That dentist may have either no experience in placing entire implants or no time or interest in doing so.

In this case, your dentist may recommend you have an implant, send you to a specialist like an oral surgeon or periodontist to have the implant placed, and then see you again to place the final restoration.

One-Stop Shop?

Many dentists like to keep the implant placement process under one roof from start to finish, so they place the implants themselves.

Whether you choose to get an implant with a dentist who can treat you from start to finish, or want to divide procedures among different specialists is up to you. Just do your part by researching the experience and reputation of whichever dental practice you decide on.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Oct
18

Tips for a Successful Recovery from Oral Surgery

Posted in Oral Surgery

Are you ready for your upcoming dental implant placement, tooth extraction or other oral surgery procedure? These reminders will help you recover quickly and keep discomfort to a minimum.

Rest well.

Avoid physical activity for at least 2-3 days after your procedure. This will help your body heal quickly and avoid disrupting any bandages, sutures, or blood clots. If you’re used to regular workouts, take things slow.

Take meds as directed.

Your dentist or surgeon may prescribe painkillers and/or antibiotics. But always ask before taking any over-the-counter drugs so that you don’t experience any unexpected interactions.

Eat soft foods.

Stay away from hard, crunchy, sticky foods or anything that has small bits that can get stuck in the surgical site. Opt for things like soup (not too hot), smoothies (not made from berries with seeds), pudding, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and yogurt.

Expect some swelling.

Swelling is a normal outcome from surgery. You can reduce it by keeping your head elevated even when you rest, and placing an icepack on the outside of your face.

Have a friend drive you home.

Even if your surgery was a small procedure, you absolutely cannot drive yourself home if you’ve had sedation. You MUST have plans in place for a friend or family member to transport you back home safely to rest after your surgery. 

Have someone stay with you.

You will likely be on some high grade pain medication after your operation. You may even still be feeling the effects of the sedation or anesthesia. It’s a good idea to make sure someone can stay with you for the first few hours after the surgery.

Your companion can also make sure you take medications as directed, do cooking for you, and contact help if you experience an allergic reaction or some other emergency.

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

Oct
18

Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

If your dental insurance runs on a calendar year, then all of your benefits reset as of January 1st on an annual basis.

This is both good and bad news. Bad because this means you lose benefits that you’ve paid for over the course of the past year if you haven’t even used them. But it’s also good because you still have time to take advantage of the coverage you’re entitled to!

To save the most money on dental treatment, use up as much of your coverage each year before time runs out and benefits reset.

Why Use Up Your Benefits Now?

With only a month left in this year and the same benefits to come next year, it may seem like there’s no need to hurry.

But maximizing your remaining benefits now is a good idea because:

  • Dental costs and insurance fees may go up next year
  • You’ve probably already met your deductible this year (if you have one)
  • You’ll be saving money on treatment you need right now
  • Your dental issues could get worse next year and require more costly treatment

What to Use Your Benefits On

Has it been six months or more since your last dental cleaning? Then it’s most likely covered 100% by your insurance. Treat yourself to a professional smile polishing right before that holiday party! You’ve practically already paid for it, anyways.

Split major treatment such as dental implants half now, half later. Get work done this month to use up your benefits. Your dentist will help you plan the remainder for early next year when your benefits reset and you have more to draw from, minimizing your out of pocket costs.

Talk with your local dental office for more tips on getting the most of your dental insurance benefits.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Oct
15

Will it Hurt to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Getting an implant is no worse than having any other dental treatment. True, it’s a surgical procedure in your jaw, but it’s still more quick and comfortable than you may realize.

Here’s why.

You’ll Be Numb!

As with any other dental treatment, your implant provider will ensure you are well numbed-up before the surgery begins. You won’t feel anything more than a little pressure.

You May Not Remember a Thing

If your dentist or surgeon gives the OK, you may be cleared to have some dental sedation. A mild sedative will help you relax and not be nervous for your procedure. Afterwards, you probably won’t have much memory of it.

It Happens Fast

Placing a dental implant is a delicate art, but it isn’t a long grueling procedure. You’ll be in and out of the treatment room within an hour, maybe less.

Dull the Post-Op Discomfort at Home

Obviously, once the anesthetics wear off you will feel like you’ve just had some work done. But if you start a prescribed course of painkillers right away as directed, you can avoid any throbbing pain. Most people say that implant placement feels easier than getting a tooth pulled.

Stick to liquid and soft foods for a few days to avoid injuring the surgical site. Ice your jaw to bring down any swelling. Get lots of rest while keeping your head slightly elevated.

You should be right back in the swing of your routine within a few days of your implant procedure. The first couple days may bring along the most discomfort. But if you closely follow your dentist’s instructions, you’ll experience a brief and successful healing period.

Discuss any other concerns or questions with your dentist or surgeon before your implant procedure.

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

Sep
12

Is There an Age Limit for Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Absolutely none! There’s no such thing as being too old to get a dental implant.

The only two things that matter are:

  • Your health and
  • Your commitment to having a fantastic smile

Are You a Candidate for an Implant?

To qualify for a dental implant, your oral health condition is what matters most. People with a history of neglecting their health for decades are less likely to be implant candidates. But as long as your bone and gums are in good shape, your age doesn’t have to stop you from getting the smile of your dreams!

What If Your Mouth Isn’t in Good Shape?

If you’re one of those folks with an unfortunate oral health history, don’t give up! There may yet be hope.

Advancing procedures and technologies are making it easier to plan very minimal implant procedures to make the most of a small amount of bone. Additionally, medications, bone grafting, and gum therapies make it possible to reconstruct lost tissues to lay a foundation for implants.

Age Limitations

Getting a dental implant is possible at virtually any age past adolescent development. But you have to individually consider with your doctor and dentist whether the process of getting an implant justifies the benefits in your situation.

Not everyone’s health allows them to heal well after an implant surgery. As such, there will be some people who do not make a good candidate for the procedures necessary to prepare for dental implants.

You may decide that a less-invasive tooth replacement therapy will be the more comfortable option.

Contact your local dentist for a dental implant consultation to learn more about if you qualify.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Sep
9

What it Means if Your Dental Implant Is Loose

Realizing your dental implant is loose can be a scary sensation. You don’t want to lose another tooth!

Before you panic and assume that your implant will just fall out, consider a few possible reasons your implant feels unstable.

Loose Crown

Take a good look in the mirror and see whether the wiggliness is truly coming from the implant or perhaps the implant crown. A damaged crown won’t sit securely on an implant. It’s possible that just restoring your implant with a new crown will help stabilize what’s going on.

Loose Abutment

The connector that holds your crown onto the implant could have a problem. Sometimes, it just needs to be anchored in a little tighter with a special tool.

Excessive Force

Genuinely loose dental implants could be the result of bad occlusion (bite.) A teeth-grinding habit, trauma, or poorly-aligned bite could put excessive pressure on an implant. Implant posts don’t respond to pressure the way natural teeth do.

Implant Rejection

If your implant is loose within a year of placing it, that could point to an issue with your jaw bone not accepting the foreign body. Integration failure usually happens within the first year of getting an implant placed.

Peri-implantitis

When the ligaments around a tooth root become infected and inflamed, this is called periodontitis. Implants don’t have the support of ligaments, so when they get infected, the surrounding bone breaks down in a condition called peri-implantitis. This happens when an implant is not kept clean and free of bacteria.

If you suspect an issue with your dental implant, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with your dentist or implant surgeon to find out what’s wrong.

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

Sep
4

Can a Dental Implant Fall Out?

Posted in Dental Implants

Getting a dental implant can be costly and time-consuming. It’d be terrible to see all that time and money go to waste.

So you may naturally worry: “is it possible for an implant to fall out?” Fortunately, dental implants rarely do. They have a 97% success rate. This means that once in place, they’re virtually guaranteed to stay.

A dental implant is a screw that binds with bone in the jaw and creates a seal with the gums. It takes a lot for that to come loose.

However, there are a few instances that could cause an implant to fail…

Inadequate Healing

The initial months after getting an implant are critical. Adequate blood circulation, sufficient bone, and lots of rest are necessary to help an implant “take” to the surrounding bone.

Your implant surgeon will do everything possible to ensure the implant site is ready before placing the restoration. But what you do after the procedure also makes a difference. For instance, smoking can interfere with the healing process and cause a weak bond with the implant, increasing the chances of it falling out.

Poor Oral Hygiene

A dental implant requires regular care and attention its entire life. If you ever neglect your implant when it comes to brushing and flossing, the surrounding gums and bone could become infected and inflamed (just like natural teeth) and the implant can fall out.

Trauma

As with any natural tooth, an implant can be knocked right out of the bone in an accident.

It may take a little bit of work to get a dental implant, but it’s worth it to have a new tooth! Ask your dentist for more information on how to make your implant treatment a success.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

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