Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

How Long Should Your Denture Last You?

Posted in Dentures

Most dentures last, on average, five to ten years. It’s hard to say exactly how long your individual denture will last since there are many factors that influence how well the materials hold up or changes in your mouth that occur. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Your Own Oral Health

The health of your gums and jawbone can affect how long a particular denture fits you. If you have any conditions that weaken the bone in your jaw, then you may quickly find that your denture is too loose.

You may also need to make some early changes to your prosthesis if your gums become inflamed due to disease or poor hygiene.

Normal Wear and Tear

Dentures wear down just like natural teeth do. If you have a habit of grinding your dentures or using them to chew very hard foods, then you’ll likely find that they need attention within just a couple of years of getting them.

How Well You Care for Your Prosthesis

While it’s true that your denture can’t erode away from decay as teeth do, it can slowly disintegrate if you don’t take good care of it.

For example, letting your denture dry out can make it warp and cause permanent damage. Your denture can easily dry out if you don’t soak it in water or a denture solution at night.

Damage to Your Plate

Have you dropped your denture at all in the past year? Even a seemingly small accident can alter your bite and change the fit of your plate, warranting replacement.

Have your denture checked annually for cracks, wear, and signs of microbial buildup. Regular cleaning and repairs can help your denture to last as long as possible!

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

Aug
5

Why Your Dentures Make a Whistling Noise When You Talk

Posted in Dentures

Do your dentures whistle whenever you try to pronounce words with “s” sounds?

A noisy denture can be so embarrassing that it may impact your self-confidence and limit your involvement in social situations.

If you can determine the cause behind the whistling, then you may be able to prevent it and speak with confidence.

Getting Used to a New Denture

Your tongue has had years of practice in pronouncing “s” sounds. It knows exactly which point on the roof of your mouth to contact to create the right sound. It comes so naturally that you don’t even have to think about how you do it!

Wearing a denture can drastically change the texture of your mouth. Your tongue may need to relearn where it has to go in order to pronounce a clear “s” sound. Until you figure it out, the air may escape with a whistle whenever you try to pronounce your s’s, causing a slur.

You might struggle with relearning pronunciation to adapt to a new denture. Whether it’s your first set of false teeth or a new one to replace your original denture, a little practice can help you make the transition to clearer and more confident speech.

Adjust Your Denture

What if you can’t speak those “s” sounds clearly no matter how much you practice?

The problem may boil down to a subtle design flaw in your denture. The part that covers the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth may be too thick or too thin. Alternatively, the front teeth may be positioned a little too far forward.

Visit a denture dentist to find out how you can adjust your denture for clearer speech.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
1

What to Do if Your Dentures Make You Gag

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are supposed to help you enjoy your food. It’s ironic when they upset your stomach by triggering your gag reflex. Do dentures make you gag? Finding out why is the first step to getting some relief.

Why Your Dentures Make You Gag

The human mouth is very sensitive to objects that aren’t teeth, tongue, or food…and some people are more sensitive than others. Things like a toothbrush, sports mouth guard, or even a denture can cause some people to gag.

Gagging is very common in the weeks after you first get a denture. Gagging may even be accompanied by excess salivation. It simply takes time for your mouth to get used to having a foreign object in it. After a little while, you should feel comfortable wearing your denture.

What if the urge to gag doesn’t go away?

Prevent Gagging with Dentures

Try inserting your denture in different ways. Your dentist can show you how to put in a denture without setting off your gag reflex. You can also try repositioning your tongue inside your mouth to stabilize your denture so that it doesn’t shift around.

If nothing you try seems to work, then talk with your dentist about the possibility of adjusting your denture. It could be that your appliance is too loose or a little too long for your mouth. This is especially common with upper dentures where the plate reaches out too far onto the soft palate. A quick adjustment could get you a better fit with zero gagging.

Dentures aren’t supposed to make you gag! With a little practice and some help from your dentist, you can enjoy life with your new smile.

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

Jun
21

5 Ways to Prevent Sores While Wearing a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Here are five of the best ways to prevent and relieve painful denture sores and stomatitis under your “plate.”

Apply a Denture Cream

If your denture is new or a bit loose, you may have a hard time keeping it in place. The chafing can cause gum irritation. To prevent this, apply a thin layer of denture cream when you’re about to put your denture in. Remember to clean out the old adhesive material every day when you take out your prosthesis.

Check the Fit of Your Denture

A loose denture results in an uneven bite and lots of movement. Slipping and sliding can rub painfully against your gums. The only way to make your denture fits comfortably is to see your dentist or prosthodontist for an adjustment.

Clean Your Denture Daily

Bacteria, fungi, and food debris build up underneath dentures and cause irritation to the tissue underneath. You must remove your denture every night before you go to bed to give it a thorough cleaning. This process removes the microbes that can cause sores.

Clean Your Mouth Daily

Germs and food left in your mouth will only continue to build up underneath a clean denture when you put it back in. Wipe out your mouth with a soft brush or cloth, rinse well, and brush and floss any remaining teeth you have. Do this at least twice a day or after every meal.

Take Your Denture Out at Night

Your mouth and gums need time to “breathe” without being covered by a denture. Let your plate soak overnight and use this time to give your mouth a rest.

Get more denture care tips from your dentist at your next checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Apr
24

6 Problems Caused by a Loose Denture

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture starting to feel loose?

It’s time to see your dentist to have your denture adjusted. If you don’t, you could begin to experience the unpleasant effects of having a loose prosthesis.

Difficulty Speaking

Loose dentures can make a clacking noise when they come together. Other people may even notice a whistling when you speak to them. All the unwanted and distracting sounds could make you too embarrassed to carry on a conversation with anyone.

Difficulty Chewing

With a little practice, a snug new denture will help you get through just about any meal. But as your denture loosens up, you’ll find that it gets harder and harder to chew your food properly.

Poor Nutrition

Loose dentures can cause embarrassment and frustration while you try to enjoy a meal. You may find yourself gradually changing your diet to avoid those hard-to-chew foods. As a result, you can end up eating only soft meals (like canned soups, mashed potatoes, and pudding) which tend to be low in nutritional content.

Sores on Gums

If your denture can move around in your mouth, then it’s likely chafing your gums. You can develop raw patches or gums so swollen and painful that you can’t even wear your denture at all.

Rapid and Uneven Bone Wear

Dentures put pressure on your bone and slowly cause it to resorb, but this process happens quicker if your dentures don’t rest evenly on your jaw.

Jaw Pain

Loose and/or unbalanced dentures will put different degrees of strain on your jaw. The imbalance can lead to TMJ problems.

Do your smile a favor and stop suffering with a loose denture! Contact a denture provider for help.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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

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

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