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What to Do When Your Lower Denture is Loose

Posted in Dentures

Dentures might seem to be the end-all solution to your dental problems. Once you get dentures, you’re set for life. Or are you?

Loose dentures is a sign that it’s time to give your prosthetic more than the usual attention.

Why Dentures Loosen

It’s inevitable that your denture will lose its snug fit over time. Without teeth supporting the bone, your jaw will start to shrink in volume and height. Chafing and pressure from dentures can speed up this process if they don’t fit properly.

Shrinking bone is more common around the jaw than on the upper part of your mouth. It’s also just a lot harder in general to achieve stability with a denture on your lower arch.

Is An Adhesive the Answer?

Denture pastes and powders will help your denture to stick to your gums. The choice to use an adhesive is ultimately a personal one. If it helps you feel more secure with your denture, then it’s perfectly fine to use.

Adhesives tend to be temporary fixes, however. When your denture loosens, you need to have your dentist take a look at your prosthesis and see if it needs some adjusting.

Find the Most Secure Denture

More patients are looking to implant therapy for help in securing their denture. Ask your dentist about the possibility of fitting your lower denture with implant attachments. Even just two or four dental implants could be enough to anchor your prosthesis in place.

Ready for a stronger and more confident bite?

Your best options include:

  • A denture adjustment
  • Denture adhesive
  • Or dental implants

Visit your dentist for an evaluation of your current denture.

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794


The Best Time to Get Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Whether you like the idea of dentures or not, they could be the ticket to keeping your smile strong and beautiful.

This is completely regardless of age. Getting false teeth is not the inevitable part of aging that many people believe it to be. It all depends on your dental needs.

At what point are dentures necessary?

When to Get a Denture

Signs you can benefit from new teeth include:

  • Extensive decay in many of your existing teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • “Long teeth” due to excessive gum recession
  • You have a hard time chewing food
  • You’re too embarrassed to smile around other people

Dentures aren’t just for people who have no teeth at all. If your existing teeth are few in number or in bad shape, your dentist may recommend extractions followed up with a dental prosthetic.

Don’t Wait Any Longer!

The good news is that you can avoid dentures simply by taking good care of your teeth.

But if your teeth are already done for, then it’s time to start warming up to the idea of a denture. Don’t put it off because the longer you go without teeth, the more your jawbone will deteriorate. The more this happens, the harder it will be to fit you for dentures.

In short, now is a good time to start investigating the possibility of a denture. Your dentist might feel that you’ve got enough teeth left to support restorations like crowns and bridges. After a professional dental evaluation, you’ll know for sure what your smile needs.

Are you ready to get your first denture?  Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

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


Are You Ready for Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures, contrary to popular opinion, are not a rite of passage into mature adulthood. Even adults in their 20’s have needed the help of dentures, while other adults live their entire lives with no need for replacement teeth.

How do you know if dentures are right for you?

Why People Get Dentures 

When the vast majority of your teeth are too diseased to repair and need to be extracted, then it’s a good time to start planning for a denture.

Or, perhaps you’ve been without teeth for a while. It may feel like you’re doing just fine, but without the support of a denture, your facial profile can age much more quickly. It can even make it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Dentures support the shape of your mouth and help keep your smile looking young.

Some people might have several teeth left that could be restored, but they don’t want to treat them. Maybe your health limits your ability to tolerate multiple dental appointments, injections, and fillings.

There are a number of reasons you could decide that now is a good time to go ahead and get a denture.

The Responsibility Involved

Dentures are not a cure-all for every dental problem. You can’t just get a set of false teeth and then not worry about your oral health anymore. They are a big responsibility.

Every denture needs to be cleaned daily to prevent infection and preserve your bone quality. If this sounds like too much work for you, then think carefully before deciding to have all of your teeth pulled.

Ask your dentist if a denture is the best option for your unique smile.

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


How Dentures Affect Your Diet

Posted in Dentures

If you are preparing to receive your first set of dentures, you might have a few worries weighing on your mind. One common concern about dentures is the way they’ll affect the foods you love to eat.

Getting Familiar With Your Dentures

As you adjust to your new dentures, remember to be patient and take your time! It will require some experimentation and practice to figure out which of your favorite foods you can eat and how to chew them. Like any other skill, eating with dentures must be learned.

A well-made denture should not require that you use a denture paste. You can use an adhesive if it gives you a greater sense of security while you adjust to eating with your denture.

A few other tips for improving your situation:

  • Practice eating at home to avoid embarrassing struggles in public
  • Start out with soft foods and work your way up to tougher ones
  • Avoid foods that require you to bite with just your front teeth
  • Cut up food into smaller and more manageable pieces
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth to apply even pressure to your denture

Life With Dentures

It may take some time to come to grips with your new reality. It’s a fact that your dentures will never quite equal the feeling of having natural teeth. The good news, however, is that you can get used to them and you will start to enjoy daily activities again! With patience and time, your situation will improve.

Ask your dentist for advice on eating with your new denture and suggestions for any other possibilities for restoring your bite.

Posted on behalf of:
Frederick Dental
385 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 442-4846


I Was Told I Need Dentures – What Happens Next?

Posted in Dentures

Being told that you need dentures can come as a shock. How do you begin? What’s it like?

The experience varies with each individual case, but you can prepare yourself by reviewing a few basic facts on denture therapy.

Careful Planning

If you still have some teeth that need to be extracted, then your dentist will plan out the best sequence for removing them. Time is needed for your gums to heal. Your dentist will discuss with you what that process involves and how to make it as comfortable as possible.

Don’t worry – you won’t leave without having teeth to smile with! A temporary denture is typically provided that can be worn while your gums heal.

Adjusting to Dentures

The idea of having a denture takes some getting used to, as do dentures themselves. A caring team of compassionate dental experts will patiently help you to deal with the transition at every stage. They will make recommendations to promote healing and suggest food choices that will be gentle to your healing mouth.

Getting Ready for New Teeth

A series of impressions taken after your gums heal give your dentist the exact details needed to determine the size and shape of your denture. You will then work with your dentist to decide on how the final teeth on your denture should look. This part may actually be enjoyable!

Getting the Most of Your Denture

Even after you get used to your denture, you will still need to have regular dental appointments. These ensure that your smile remains healthy and functional. Contact your local dentist today to learn more about the denture options he or she recommends for you.

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


Daily Care for Your New Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures need to be properly cared for each day to help keep them clean, prevent staining and keep them looking as good as new.  Here’s what you need to know about helping your dentures last longer, look great, and promote a healthy oral environment:

  • Take your dentures out after you eat to rinse them – Use warm water over your dentures to remove food particles.  Place a towel in the sink or fill the sink up with water so if you drop them, they will not break.
  • Be careful when you hold your dentures – Using too much force with your prosthesis could cause plastic to break or crack.
  • Clean inside of your mouth after you take your dentures out – To clean your tongue, roof of your mouth and inside cheeks, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your mouth tissues clean.  Or a soft, damp washcloth.
  • Brush your dentures – Use a denture brush and cleaner to gently clean your dentures each day.  This will help remove food particles and germs in plaque biofilm from your dentures. Dentures can get tartar buildup too!
  • Soak your dentures overnight – Keep your dentures in a cleansing solution overnight to help keep their shape and to keep them clean.
  • Rinse your dentures – Rinse off the cleansing chemicals from the soaking solution before you put your dentures back in your mouth.

Make sure you visit your dentist regularly for denture checkups.  You will be able to have your dentures cleaned professionally and checked to make sure they still fit properly.  You dentist will also check your mouth to make sure you don’t have any infection, sores or irritation on your gums or other mouth tissues.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699


Steps to Take to Keep Your Denture Fitting Comfortably

Posted in Dentures

Dentures take a bit of time to get used to. They certainly do not compare with natural teeth, and it can be a lengthy process to get them adjusted to a point that you feel comfortable functioning in them. Dentures represent a higher standard of living because they aim to replace your lost ability to chew normal foods. As long as you can take advantage of the help that dentures provide, you want them to fit as comfortably as possible. Consider a few tips for keeping your denture fitting well.

Remove Your Denture at Night

You may wear your denture for most of the 24-hour day, initially, to get your mouth used to its presence. Eventually, however, you should take it out every night to allow your gums to “breathe.” By never removing your denture, you are making your mouth susceptible to irritation and developing fungal infections. An infection definitely makes your denture uncomfortable.

Clean As Directed

Use the cleaning products and tools our dentist recommends. Using other things can damage the denture and change the way it fits on your gums. Cleaning it well also reduces the amount of bacteria on your denture.

Soak Well

Dentures need to stay moist. When not wearing it, store your denture in water (not boiling!) or an ADA approved cleaning solution. If your denture dries out, its shape and texture will become uncomfortable.

Visit Us Regularly

By keeping regular appointments with your dentist, he or she can help monitor the health of your mouth and the fit of your dentures. The dentist will make sure that your denture is relined for a comfortable fit at the right time.

Visit your dentist once or twice a year to maintain a useful and comfortable denture for years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767


The Top 3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

Thanks to the advancements in modern dentistry, you have more options for tooth replacement than ever before. As techniques and materials for those treatments improve, more people find them to be real-life options for their own smile needs.

What are the top 3 ways to replace missing teeth?

Dental Implants

There has never been a better way to replace missing teeth than with dental implants. Each titanium root is securely anchored into the bone, right where your natural tooth once stood. When covered with a porcelain crown, an implant is the most lifelike tooth replacement that is possible. Not only that, but implants are built to last for your entire lifetime. 

Dental Bridges

Traditional bridges are one of the standard forms of tooth replacement. They are placed on top of healthy adjacent teeth, with the false tooth supported between them. But what if healthy teeth aren’t available? In that case, bridges can also be supported on top of dental implants. Just two dental implants can support a bridge that replaces 3, 4, or even 5 teeth at one time. 


Even dentures can be supported by permanent dental implants! The streamlined design of implant-supported dentures has revolutionized the way dentists perform full mouth reconstruction. Although some types of implant-stabilized dentures are removable, others are mounted permanently into place, feeling as close to natural teeth as possible.

Which type of tooth replacement is right for you? Chances are you have more options than you ever realized. Schedule an exam and x-ray with your dentist to find out what type of restoration is best for your smile.

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


3 Signs Your Denture Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

Posted in Uncategorized

Dentures are an excellent solution for lost teeth. Because dentures are not the same as the originals, they are prone to wear and tear. No denture will last forever, but if you are alert to the signs, then you can be proactive about having your dentures repaired or replaced before they cause you any further discomfort.

Sores or irritations in your mouth. At some point while wearing dentures, you may notice the development of some bothersome sores. You may not feel anything at all, but even if you notice a discolored patch or the growth of excess tissue, this could be the result of a problem with your dentures. Your dentures may not fit very well anymore, or there could be an edge roughened by a fracture that you didn’t notice.

Slipping of your denture when you talk or eat. If you notice that your denture has become looser, this could be due to bone loss. The absence of teeth causes the bone underneath your gums to slowly resorb, or shrink. When the bone levels inevitably change with time, the fit of the dentures will continue to worsen.

Fractures or chips. You may feel that a fracture or chipped tooth is not a big deal. A broken area, however, could disrupt your bite, cause injury to your mouth, and house bacteria that cause oral infection.

It is a fact that no dentures last forever. Stay alert to the signs that your denture needs repair or replacement and mention any concerns you may have with your denture to your dentist or prosthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


Three Ways to Replace a Missing Tooth

Posted in Dental Implants

Missing teeth don’t just change the aesthetics of your smile, they also cause changes in your bite, chewing habits, and even your speech. Replacing your tooth as soon as possible can prevent many of these problems, while also making you feel better about how you look. But which replacement option is right for you? Here are 3 common types to consider:

Dental Implants

Implants are single or multiple-tooth replacements that permanently replace missing teeth. Each implant root is designed to function like the root of a real tooth, anchored into the jaw. Then a permanent prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture is bonded on top of it. 

Fixed Bridge

A bridge is a permanent restoration that is anchored onto healthy teeth on either side of an open space in the mouth. Bridges have a false tooth suspended between functional crowns. The supporting teeth must be prepped and reshaped, as if they were having a crown completed, then the bridge is cemented into place. 

Partial or Full Denture

Removable dentures are a simple, economical way to replace all (or several) teeth at one time. Each prosthesis is made of an acrylic or metal base, which is held into place by suction or wrapping around existing teeth. It is important to remove dentures at night to prevent excessive wear to the bone, as well as oral infections. 

If you already have a good idea about which treatment option you prefer, it’s time to sit down and talk with your dentist. A simple exam can determine what options are appropriate and allow you to make the most educated decision about your tooth replacement. Schedule your visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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