Dental Tips Blog

Jun
19

Here’s Why Dentures Aren’t the Solution to Your Dental Problems

Posted in Dentures

Have you ever wished you could just have all of your teeth pulled in favor of getting dentures?

Sacrificing your natural teeth for dentures isn’t exactly the easy way out when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy.

Dentures Require Daily Care

Having no teeth to floss doesn’t let you off the hook when it comes to oral hygiene. Your denture requires daily cleaning, soaking, and you’ll still have to rinse off your gums. You might even find the routine a bit more tedious than just brushing your natural teeth.

Dentures Can Cause Problems, Too

It’s not natural to have an acrylic appliance pressing on your gums for hours at a time. Dentures can cause irritation and swelling in oral tissues and can even trap pathogens that cause infections, especially if they don’t fit well.

It’s Harder to Eat with Dentures

Dentures cannot compare with natural teeth when it comes to eating. Your bite strength will be reduced by and you’ll have to say “no” to certain foods until you get a lot more practice.

Dentures Can Change Your Appearance

For some time after getting dentures they’ll help support the height of your smile. But as the years go by, the weight of a prosthesis will cause your jaw to shrink (resorb.) This results in a short, sunken chin and loose skin. The smile shrinking process doesn’t happen nearly as much when there are natural tooth roots supporting the jaw.

Dentures serve an important purpose as teeth replacements for those who ultimately have to part with their teeth. But this doesn’t make them the preferable alternative to natural teeth.

Ask your dentist whether getting dentures is right for you.

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

May
15

Five Signs it’s Time for a New Denture

Posted in Dentures

Like any other dental restoration, dentures don’t last forever. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect it’s time to invest in a new pair. 

You Have Sore Spots on Your Gums 

A bad-fitting denture can wear abnormal pressure spots on your gums. That’s because our bone changes over time, and since that’s what creates the shape of our mouth, the gums follow right along with it. Too many changes without having your denture adjusted or relined can lead to painful sores or infection. 

You’re Slurring When You Talk 

Are your speech patterns starting to change? A new denture can take some practice to get pronunciations and talking down, but if it’s something that’s gradually gotten worse over time, it could be due to how the denture fits against the rest of your mouth. 

Eating/Chewing is More Difficult than Ever 

Being able to eat a balanced diet is one of the most important reasons for having a set of dentures made. But if you’re only able to eat soft, processed foods, it’s not doing you any good. 

They’re Cracked and Worn Down 

Dentures can wear down, too. If you’ve had them repaired multiple times, tried to patch up a crack down the middle, or the tooth look shorter than they used to, it’s time for an upgrade. 

Your Facial Profile Has Changed

Part of the job of a properly fitting denture is to support the soft tissues like your cheeks and lips, filling out your facial profile. If everything looks “sunken in” then you may need a new prosthesis!

Book a denture exam with your dentist for a proper diagnosis!

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

Apr
20

The Pros and Cons of Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture is a major life change. You should understand both the advantages and disadvantages to getting a new prosthesis before you dive in.

The Pros of Getting a Denture

Your smile will look great. A will give you the confidence to pose for pictures and laugh like you used to.

Say goodbye to flossing! With no teeth in your mouth, there’s no need to floss.

No more tooth pain. It will be a huge relief to get rid of your teeth if they are few and unhealthy. No more toothaches, no more sensitivity, no more fillings!

Chew with all of your teeth again. If you only have a few remaining teeth, then odds are you haven’t been able to chew very well with them. Eating with a denture does take practice, but it will enable you to enjoy a greater variety of foods than did with no teeth.

The Cons of Getting a Denture

Dentures reduce your bite strength. A denture is no match for what natural teeth are capable of. You may have to cut your food into smaller bites and stay away from hard crunchy items while wearing a denture.

A denture needs daily care. Just because you don’t have teeth to brush and floss doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for oral hygiene. Dentures must be cleaned and soaked daily to prevent stain, bad breath, and infections.

Dentures can wear down your bone. These appliances put weight directly on your bone and cause it to slowly resorb if worn too long (such as sleeping in them.) Your smile will shrink, and your denture will occasionally need to be refitted.

Find out whether a denture is right for you by visiting a local dentist.

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

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

Jan
28

How Much Does it Cost to Get and Maintain a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Just like making any other major purchase, you want to fully understand all the costs associated with dentures before you plan on getting them.

What You Might Pay for a Denture

The tricky part with estimating denture costs is that they vary widely. You could pay anywhere from $300 to nearly $5,000 per upper or lower denture. However, typically the average cost for dentures is somewhere $1,000 – $3,000 per plate (before insurance kicks in.)

Denture costs depend on where the denture is made, what it’s made from, the experience of the dentist, the cost of living in your area, and the technique used to make it.

Immediate dentures, for example, are usually more expensive than traditional ones.

Additionally, you’ll have to ask your dentist what other procedures are included in the quoted price. Does the cost cover just the denture, or does it also include extractions and such that go along with it?

Cost of Maintaining a Denture

Keep in mind that replacing a denture you’ve lost or broken is essentially the same as buying a new one. It worthwhile to keep your current denture in good shape.

A denture reline is a procedure that adjusts your denture to comfortably fit the current shape of your gums and jawbone. You’ll probably need a reline or two within the first few months of getting a denture. After that, your denture may need adjustment every two to five years.

Denture relines can cost around $300 – $400. Add to this the cost of denture cleaning supplies. Soaking solutions, denture brushes, storage cases, and possibly even an adhesive may add up to regular monthly expenses.

Getting a denture is an investment. But it’s not your only option. Talk with your dentist for more information on denture costs and alternatives.

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

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

Dec
19

Dentures On the Decline?

Posted in Dentures

Many dental experts are sure that one day false teeth will no longer be an option. Why?

Changes In Dentistry

Dentistry used to be all about patching up painful teeth and pulling them when they couldn’t be fixed. But changes in understanding of dental materials and the mechanisms behind disease have revolutionized the scene.

People are holding onto their teeth longer because of a simple increase in awareness of dental health.

Fluoride has also played a major role in improving dental health. Making this mineral more accessible to people through professional treatments, dental products, and public fluoridation programs has directly contributed to a decrease in tooth decay.

Techniques for restoring teeth are much more conservative than past attempts. Teeth stay whole for longer and folks hold onto them for years. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred alternative to classic dentures.

Yes, it seems that dentures could soon be a thing of the past. But there is one factor that seems bent on keeping dentures on the list of services.

One Thing That Will Never Change

Dentists and researchers are constantly searching for ways to make teeth stronger and last longer. But none of that means anything if the patients themselves don’t care about keeping their teeth. People are often quick to assume that it’s the cheap and easy dental option so they don’t mind losing all of their natural teeth, one by one.

As long as people aren’t flossing and brushing, dentures will be a thing! Hold onto those teeth you have left for as long as you can. Your dentist will help you figure out how you can do just that.

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

Jun
28

4 Reasons People Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures aren’t just a rite-of-passage for aged individuals! People of all ages and backgrounds could need false teeth for several different reasons.

  1. Severe Tooth Decay

Some people have had to get dentures at a fairly young age because they lost their teeth early on to rampant decay.

Some patients feel it’s not worth the effort to restore teeth with cavities and opt to have them pulled.

As a denture-alternative, many patients choose to get implants to support their tooth replacements. 

  1. Advanced Gum Disease

It’s a misconception that everyone loses their teeth as a result of aging. By taking good care of your gums, you can hold onto your teeth for as long as you want.

For some patients, however, it’s a little too late. In other cases, rare health conditions make it nearly impossible to keep teeth in place. For these individuals, dentures become their only shot at enjoying a functioning smile once again.

  1. Trauma From An Accident

Contact sports are a common cause of tooth-loss, especially in the front of the mouth.

After getting a tooth or two knocked out, you won’t necessarily need a full denture. As long as your remaining teeth are healthy, a partial denture will suffice.

  1. Damage From Oral Cancer

All kinds of cancers of the head and neck can affect jaw structure. Surgery to treat a dangerous growth can result in a loss of teeth. Patients who beat this disease may eventually decide to restore their smiles with a set of dentures.

Are you missing any teeth right now? Your dentist would be happy to show you how you can complete your smile with the help of dentures.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

Apr
17

Four Reasons Dentures Are Better Than No Teeth at All

Posted in Dentures

Are you really happy being toothless for the rest of your life? Here’s why you should give some serious thought to the benefits of dentures.

  1. You Can Eat Better

Without teeth, you’ll probably be inclined to choose soft foods that don’t require any chewing. This is a problem because those softer foods are going to be lower in fiber and nutrients that your body needs. Dentures will let you chew items that are full of fuel to keep you healthy.

  1. You’ll Enjoy Social Activities Much More

It’s one thing to relax around family without any teeth. But you’ll surely discover a new level of confidence when you have dentures for a social event outside your home. Few people are willing to smile without any teeth. Dentures will give you teeth to show off during group photo sessions.

  1. You Can Maintain Your Smile Shape

Without teeth to support your jaws, your chin and mouth will get a sunken-in appearance. A set of prosthetic teeth will give your smile the support it needs. This is how dentures will help you look younger.

  1. Your Oral Hygiene Might Actually Improve

When there’s no teeth to worry about, why bother with brushing?

Your mouth still needs care even after all your teeth are gone. But it’s easier to neglect the task when you can’t see anything in there worth worrying about. Dentures require simple daily maintenance. Because you’re going to clean them every day, you’ll be more in-tune with the condition of your mouth.

Visit your dentist to find out which tooth replacement option is right for you.

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

Feb
6

Your Best Denture Alternatives

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are important for maintaining the shape of your smile as well helping you eat. It’s no surprise that not everyone is thrilled at the idea having such a prosthesis. Wearing a denture requires a lot of practice so that you can chew and laugh with confidence.

Here are some alternative methods for enjoying a more secure bite:

Implant Retained Overdenture

Taking your denture to the next level, this technique secures your prosthetic with about 2-4 dental implants. You’ll still snap it in and out of place to clean it much like a regular denture, but the attachments tend to hold better than a denture adhesive.

Implant Supported Overdenture

This option is also removable but tends to be quite stable. An implant supported overdenture might utilize a metal bar in the mouth for added security in addition to the implants. The denture itself often has a higher edge to make up for extensive bone loss below the gums.

Implant Supported Denture

Also known as a “hybrid” denture or the “All-on-4” technique, this denture uses at least four dental implants to stay fixed in place. You won’t have to remove this prosthetic for cleaning, but your dentist will show you the best way to keep your mouth clean and fresh.

Implant Supported Bridge

Think of a denture without the bulk of material covering your gums and the roof of your mouth. These implant supported bridges behave just like a dental bridge that spans the whole arch of your mouth. Your bridge would stay fixed in place on anywhere from 4-8 implants.

Would you like to know more about how implants could change your outlook on dentures? Contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E. Holly Avenue, Suite 5
Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6655

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