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

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

Aug
21

How to Improve Your Speech with Dentures

Posted in Dentures

If you just got your first denture, then you may be worried that your speech never sound normal. But it can; getting used to new dentures just takes time.

While dentures are a major life adjustment, the good news is that you can successfully relearn how to speak with confidence!

The following tips will help.

Massage Your Gums

A tense jaw will only make the situation worse. Loosen tense muscles every morning by massaging your jaws and cheeks and chin. This boosts circulation and helps oral structures to relax. The more relaxed your mouth is, the easier it will be to speak while wearing a denture.

Speak Slowly

There’s no rush! When you take time to formulate your thoughts before speaking and then deliberately express them, you’re less likely to fumble over your denture.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing out loud when you’re alone is a great way to get more comfortable with tricky words. Practice words with lots of consonants like D, F, T, and V. If you’re worried about what to say to others, go ahead and rehearse at home in advance. Eventually, your tongue will relearn how to form words around your denture.

The Bite-and-Swallow Trick

One of the simplest things you can do is the bite-and-swallow trick. Bite your denture together and swallow. This helps your denture get a firm grip on your gums. Do this before you start to speak. It will ensure that you don’t trip over your denture as you begin to say something!

Your first denture may cause slurred speech and excess saliva for a little while. But with the help of your dentist, you’ll master talking with a denture in no time!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Aug
2

6 Things That Can Happen When You Wear a Poorly-Fitting Denture

Posted in Dentures

Has your denture gotten a little loose? A poorly-fitting denture can cause some major problems that you can’t afford to just ignore.

  1. Yeast Infection or Thrush

A denture that slips and slides provides the perfect openings for little microorganisms like fungus to flourish in. As a result, you can develop a yeast infection, also called thrush, under your denture.

If your denture is loose, you may salivate a lot. This extra saliva can pool up at the corners of your mouth and provide yet more moist hideouts for the fungus, resulting in sore cracks called cheilitis.

  1. Difficulty Chewing

Eating with a denture is tough as it is. If the denture doesn’t fit, then you can forget about chewing properly, either.

Difficulty eating can affect you in social situations and even impact the nutritional quality of your diet.

  1. Embarrassing Moments While Talking

It’s hard to ignore all those whistles and clicks while having a conversation with someone. A badly-fitted denture might make you more self-conscious and reserved about talking than you normally are.

  1. Sore Gums

A loose denture will chafe your delicate gum tissue and can cause sores that make it painful to wear your denture, at all.

  1. Bone Loss

The more your denture moves around, the more it puts awkward pressure on your jawbone. This leads to rapid bone-loss and changes the shape of your mouth and facial profile even more.

  1. Headaches or Jaw Aches

You may be doing tricks with your tongue and jaw to help stabilize a loose denture. This can put a strain on your TMJ and lead to headaches and pain while moving your jaw.

Visit a  denture specialist as soon as possible for an adjustment.


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

Nov
8

Dentures Making You Gag?

Posted in Dentures

The good thing about the way our mouths are set up is that we don’t gag on normal structures like our teeth or tongues. Gagging is an issue common to many people and denture wearers in particular. If this is a frequent problem for you, then you need a solution that will help you deal with it. Going without dentures is not an option!

Gagging On Dentures – Why It Happens

Gagging happens when an unnatural object touches a sensitive area in your mouth. Gag points tend be located farther back on your palate and throat. A denture that rests on the front palate could trigger gagging if it extends too far back to the soft palate.

What Can You Do?

First, see if the way you put your dentures in is causing the trouble. Have a sit-down with your dentist and try out different techniques for seating your appliance without letting it brush against any sensitive spots in your mouth.

Pay attention to where your tongue is in your mouth. If it’s wandering around too much, it could jostle a denture loose or draw attention to a sensitive spot. In contrast, you can use your tongue to help stabilize your appliance.

Give yourself a little time if you’re still getting used to a first denture. Your mouth needs to adjust to the presence of the appliance. You’ll probably drool a lot and have a sensitive gag-reflex during the early weeks, but with time, it will start to feel natural.

If all else fails, see your dentist to find out if a denture adjustment or implant option is the best solution to your gagging problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

Jul
25

4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010

Jan
8

5 Signs it’s Time for a Denture Adjustment

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture ready for an update? Perhaps even an complete upgrade? Here are five signs that you should schedule a visit with your dentist.

You’ve been reaching for that denture paste.

Every day, you’re layering on the denture adhesive. It’s not unusual to need some help in the very beginning when you’re still getting used to your new denture. But if you’ve been using an adhesive a lot more than usual, it’s a good sign that your denture has lost some of its essential and snug fit.

You notice sore spots on your gums.

When dentures start to loosen, they’ll rub and chafe against the soft tissue of tissues throughout your mouth. So if you’re finding raw spots on your gums that make it painful to wear a denture, you really should see your dentist right away.

You’re talking a little funny.

Remember how it took you a while to get used to talking with your denture when you first got it? If you’re once again having a hard time pronouncing words without your denture clicking, whistling or slipping out of place, then that means it needs to be adjusted due to anatomical changes in your mouth.

It’s been harder to chew the same foods.

Your denture needs some expert attention if it’s not staying securely in place. Even if you have a reliable technique for eating with loose dentures, it’s not good for your diet.

You’re embarrassed to wear your denture.

Does your denture just feel less secure? If you’re unusually hesitant about eating in public, then getting your denture adjusted could help you regain that confidence.

Call your dentist if you’re noticing any of these signs. It could be an easy, one-day fix!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000

Sep
15

Do I Really Need New Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Because they’re not real teeth, it may seem that dentures should last forever. In actuality, they experience just as much wear as regular teeth do. It’s true that they won’t develop cavities, but your dentures can still face a few other problems that you should be on the lookout for.

The Effects of Wear and Tear

Denture experience a lot of abuse! They can be easily worn or damaged by things like:

  • Extended use
  • Accidental drops
  • Household pets
  • The wrong cleaning product or tool

Denture materials are not invincible. Professional repair is your safest and healthiest option. If damage is too extensive, replacement is your only option.

Dentures Should Not Be Uncomfortable or Loose!

When you wear a denture, the shape of your mouth changes over time. These changes will mean that your denture—being custom-designed to fit your mouth—will become loose and start to pinch and slip.

So with time, your denture will need adjustments. But you can only do so many adjustments before a denture needs to be replaced, entirely! On average, dentures should be replaced every 5 years.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

A beat-up denture tends to host higher numbers of bacteria. A scratches and nicks in the denture can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. These scratches provide more hiding places for germs and food. This debris can cause some serious irritation.

Getting a fresh denture every several years is a good way to ensure that your mouth stays healthy!

Visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups. Even though you may not have any teeth that need a exam, dental appointments are still important. Your dentist will assess the health of your mouth and make sure that your denture is still in good working order!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Sep
8

Do You Really Need a Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

There is a stigma attached to wearing dentures. This includes the idea that you automatically have to wear an adhesive with it to keep it in place.

You’ll be happy to learn that a sticky, messy denture adhesive is not a must!

Just Getting Started?

If you are just receiving your dentures for the first time, then it’s possible that you will need a little time to get used to the sensation! A denture adhesive can help you to feel secure in your denture as you build more and more trust in its ability to chew your food.

When Your Denture Gets Loose

With time, your denture should no longer need the help of an adhesive to stay in place. This is because a well-made denture relies on your mouth’s shape for support and retention. After years of not supporting any teeth, the bone in your mouth will change shape.

When this happens, your denture will become looser.

So keep in mind that the sudden need for an adhesive after wearing your denture for a long time could be a sign that it needs adjusting. Don’t ignore this sign!

The Choice is Yours

For some folks, they will just always feel better knowing that they have a reliable adhesive holding their denture in place. Others hate using that messy stuff! Everyone with a denture has the right to decide what will help him or her to feel comfortable wearing it.

You may feel that way, or you may join the thousands of patients who opt for dental implant therapy to anchor their replacement teeth on a more permanent basis.

Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and more information on getting the most of your denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

Jun
24

Are Denture Adhesives a Good Idea?

Posted in Dentures

The short answer: it depends!

Society often makes it seem that you can’t wear a denture without a paste or some other adhesive to hold it in place. The fact is, however, that you shouldn’t need an adhesive all the time.

Why do some people choose to use an adhesive? When might you decide that you need one?

Increase Comfort and Peace of Mind

For some patients, using an adhesive paste or powder along with their denture gives them a greater sense of security. It’s easy to feel self-conscious about wearing dentures. This is especially true of first-time denture wearers who don’t yet trust their new prosthesis. Using an adhesive can help such ones to feel better about wearing their dentures.

Do Dentures Require an Adhesive?

The secret is that a well-made denture does not need an adhesive. It is designed to conform so closely to the contours of your mouth that it creates a natural and comfortable suction. If you always need the help of an adhesive, then this could indicate a problem.

When to Not Use a Denture Adhesive

If your denture is in need of adjustment (such as relining or rebasing) then it won’t fit quite right. Your denture can lose its snug fit if it is damaged or if your mouth changes in shape. Patching it up with adhesives won’t improve its fit!

Whether you use a denture adhesive or not is eventually up to you. The point is that no adhesive can make up for the adjustment a denture may need. See your dentist for regular examinations to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and that your denture fits right.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

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