Dental Tips Blog

Aug
22

What’s That Clicking Sound in Your Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Most of today’s dentures are primarily made from acrylic resin. This is basically a high grade plastic, but it can make noise when it impacts another prosthesis. It can be hard to ignore the sound if your dentures are clicking into each other at inopportune times!

What’s causing that to happen?

The Clicking Habit

Some denture wearers actually develop the unconscious habit of playing with their dentures with their tongue. This causes a clicking sound that perhaps the denture wearer isn’t aware of.

But if you notice and are annoyed by a clicking sound, then you probably aren’t flipping your denture around with your tongue!

Time for an Adjustment

Dentures usually crash together out of your control for one of two reasons:

  • They don’t have a snug fit on your gums
  • The dentures are vertically too short or too tall so that they close together earlier or later than your jaw naturally intends

In either case, the best solution is to have your denture checked by a dentist and see what tweaks can be made for a more secure fit.

How to Stop Your Dentures from Clicking

If you’re still getting used to wearing dentures, it may take some practice for you to speak with confidence. Take your time learning a new speech pattern. Talk a little slower and more deliberately than usual. You may find the clicking lessens this way.

You may have had your denture for a couple years and are just now noticing the clicking sound. A denture adhesive will buy you a measure of security until you can see a dentist for an adjustment.

At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist for more tips on stopping the click.

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

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
3

Are Second-Hand Dentures an Option?

Posted in Dentures

Jokes flew when one man posted a used denture for sale in a Facebook group for local buying, selling, and trading.

Surprisingly, there are plenty of second-hand dentures on eBay and in flea markets.

Who would ever buy used false teeth? The idea has appeal if it means saving a buck on your next denture. But there are three good reasons why a second-hand denture is not an option.

Denture Acrylic Hosts Germs

Dentures look like a solid piece of plastic, but they are actually porous. This means that the surface of the acrylic is covered with tiny holes that can host bacteria. It doesn’t matter how clean the appliance looks on the outside – putting in a used denture can put you at risk for picking up some unknown infection.

Used Dentures Are Not So Useful

If it’s second-hand, then the denture already has some mileage. Dentures wear down with time and can get fragile after being dropped once or twice. Buying a set of used false teeth means that you won’t get much life out them, anyway.

That Denture Was Not Designed for You

If you wear a denture custom-designed for someone else’s mouth, you’ll likely experience chafing and swelling in your gums. Uneven pressure can also cause your jaw bone to wear down faster than if you had a properly-fitting denture.

The best option is to have a custom denture made to fit the unique shape of your mouth. Ask your dentist about ways to afford a quality tooth replacement appliance.

As for your retired dentures, hold onto them – don’t sell them! They’re a safer option than borrowing someone else’s in the event you need a backup.

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

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

Oct
30

How Are Dentures Made?

Posted in Dentures

Despite being false teeth, dentures are not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. To get a denture made is a lengthy and detailed process.

First of all, your dentist will capture a mold of your mouth as it is right now. He or she will do this by taking impressions with a putty-like material. Soon after these molds are done, they’re filled with liquid stone that sets up to create a cast replica of your gums.

These stone models are set up on a frame that lines them up to simulate how your jaw moves. That way, a dental lab can use the models to design teeth that fit together in a way that feels natural to you.

Dentures are created from materials like acrylic with the teeth occasionally being made of porcelain. The dental technician creates teeth that look just the way you told your dentist you wanted them to. These teeth are fastened to the stone model with wax. This wax can also be formed to resemble the fake gums on your denture.

After completing this “wax up,” the lab tech then packs it into a container filled with that liquid stone. Once the stone sets, the wax can be boiled and poured away. This leaves behind the teeth and a perfect outline for the acrylic gums to be poured into. The final result? A finished denture.

You’ll be going back and forth to your dentist’s multiple times over the course of this process. The lab and your dentist will need to verify that everything fits your mouth as planned. You also have the most say in how you want your denture teeth to look.

Find out more by calling your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

Sep
22

Dentures: How They’re Made

Posted in Dentures

Wondering how people get such realistic-looking “false teeth?”

Long gone are the days of using outdated materials or even natural wood/bone as they did in centuries prior to ours. Today’s denture process results in smiles that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Measuring Your Mouth

The first step in denture fabrication is determining your mouth’s shape so that a denture is the right size. A dentist starts by taking an impression with a putty material. Once the impression sets, it serves as the base for creating a cast model.

Stone models are then set up on an articulator, or frame, which helps the denture designers to determine at which point the teeth should meet.

Creating the Denture

Typically, the dentist sends the models and measurements to a dental lab for designing the actual denture. Some dentists are able to do it themselves.

Either way, the next step is placing wax over the model’s “gums.” Then, false teeth selected to match the shape you want are placed into the wax wherever teeth are needed.

Once the whole layout looks correct, the model gets put in liquid stone which holds the teeth in place when it hardens. After that sets, the wax in the model is boiled away and acrylic is poured in, to fill out the gums and palate.

The denture comes out ready for try-on.

Interested in a Denture?

Dentures are great substitutes for teeth that have been lost to decay, trauma, or gum disease.

But having a quality denture made can take a little time, what with all the adjusting and sending back-and-forth. Your new teeth could take around five separate appointments to have made.

So if you’re thinking about getting a denture, then contact your dentist soon to set up a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

May
3

What to Do When Your Denture Chafes

Posted in Dentures

It’s barely tolerable (much less pleasant!) to deal with a loose and chafing denture. Ill-fitting “plates” often make eating a painful chore. Here’s what you should do when you notice sore spots from your removable prosthesis.

Give Your Gums a Break

If you develop a sore spot on your gums, it’s a good idea to take your dentures out for a thorough cleaning. Make sure you’re soaking them well at night and not wearing them while you sleep.

Adhesives: Temporary Fixes

Check out your local drugstore to see what they offer for cushioning and securing loose dentures. Just remember: such measures are only temporary. You need to have your entire denture properly adjusted.

Don’t attempt to do this at home, whatever you do!

Desperation might motivate you to make adjustments on your own. This only puts your denture at risk of damage and could make it even more uncomfortable to wear.

See Your Dentist ASAP!

You feel that you’re at an impasse – you can’t wear your denture but you can’t eat or go out without it. It’s time to see your dentist. A professional who knows how to safely manipulate your denture can make the needed adjustments. Even if you wear full dentures, be sure to book routine checkups at least once or twice a year.

It’s also important to identify the source of any sore or discolored patches. What might seem to be caused by denture chafing could in fact be a fungal infection or even a sign of oral cancer. Never ignore a questionable patch in your mouth.

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure that your denture and your oral health stay in top shape.

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

Mar
27

Do You Need Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

Does every denture patient have to use denture adhesive?  There are many adhesive products available on the market. Each one is designed to encourage a more secure and comfortable fit between your artificial teeth and the supporting tissues of your mouth. Some common examples of adhesives include:

  • Denture Pastes or Glues sparingly applied to the dentures, stored in something that resembles a toothpaste tube.
  • Powders, that mix with your saliva.
  • Thin Liners, which are sheets that are moistened and then applied to the denture.

The product you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. While there are many options that promise a strong, all-day, secure fit, do you really need a denture adhesive?

Do You Need Adhesive or a Visit To Your Dentist?

If you’re new to wearing dentures, the newness of your prosthetic smile may create unease until you get used to them and feel more confident. But don’t jump to adhesive right away. In most cases, you just need a little time to adjust to the prosthesis.

Sometimes dentures are placed just after an extraction. As the area around the procedure heals, the gum may resorb creating a looser fit for the denture. Instead of opting for an adhesive, your dentist will need to adjust or re-line your prosthesis.

While denture adhesive can offer many benefits to give you a more confident smile, it should never be used to accommodate poor denture fit. A properly fitted denture, in most cases, shouldn’t need adhesive to stay in place. If your dentures don’t fit correctly, speak to your dentist about having them examined for fit or an adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Mar
13

The Woes Of Ill-Fitting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are an excellent alternative when you’ve suffered tooth loss.  They restore your beautiful smile, allowing you to speak and even eat as you did before.  In order to enjoy the benefits of dentures, they need to fit correctly.  When poor fit is left untreated, it can have negative consequences.

4 Symptoms That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Poor denture fit can be caused by natural, gradual bone and gum loss, poor craftsmanship or a worn out prosthesis. Many people mistake the warning signs of poor-fitting dentures as something normal.  Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

  • Pain and Irritation of the Mouth – When dentures don’t fit as they should, it can cause excessive movement and friction of the dentures against your gums.  Food particles may wedge under the denture when you’re eating and it also promotes an imbalance where the force of your bite is not properly distributed. This irritation and motion can lead to painful swelling and sores.
  • Infections Of The Gum Tissues – When irritation and inflammation are present, due to poor-fitting dentures, yeast and other bacteria flourish.  It may even result in unsightly infections in the corner of your mouth, where cracking and redness occur.
  • The Dentures Slip Out of Place – Not only is it embarrassing, but dentures that fall out frequently likely don’t fit as they should.  This can occur when you’re eating, biting or speaking to someone.
  • Headaches and Ear Pain – A poor denture fit can also cause a poor bite.  As a result, you may experience pain associated with your jaw muscles.  Headache, neck pain and ear pain that can’t be ignored, likely shouldn’t be.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of ill-fitting dentures, call your dentist today for a consultation or adjustment.  You and your smile are worth it!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Jan
26

Why You Should Bring Your Dentures In for a Check-Up

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are one option for replacing missing teeth in your mouth.  These are removable, false teeth that are made out of metal, plastic or nylon materials.  They are specifically made to fit over your gums in your individual mouth.  Sometimes, people mistakenly think that since they have “fake teeth” they no longer need to visit their dentist for a check-up.  This is simply not true.  Whether you have full or partial dentures, bringing them in for regular check-ups are very important.

What are some reasons why you should bring your dentures in for check-up visits?

  • Your gums and jawbone will shrink over time.  After a while, your dentures may not fit like they had before.  Your dentist would need to adjust or replace the dentures to make sure they fit correctly in your mouth.
  • Dentures can break or get worn out so it is important for your dentist to examine your dentures regularly to make sure they are in good condition so they can function properly
  • Dentists can help you with any issues you may be having, since they are aware of how dentures are supposed to function

Dentures are made to last a long time but it also depends on how well you take care of your dentures.  Along with routine check-ups, your dentures and gums should be cleaned daily at home.

Do you have full or partial dentures?  Do you feel discomfort when you wear them?  In any case, always make sure to bring your dentures in to your next dental exam appointment to have them examined along with the other tissues in your mouth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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