Dental Tips Blog

Jan
27

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

Oct
28

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

Jul
24

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. 

Dentures

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

Jun
1

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

Mar
19

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

Dec
30

A Denture that Fills in Your Facial Profile

Posted in Dentures

Losing teeth can mean more than having empty spaces in your smile. It also means we lose bone structure in our jaws, as well as some of the fullness of our facial features. Add bone loss associated with time, and our appearance can gradually acquire a “sunken in” look that isn’t as youthful as it once was. Replacing your missing teeth can help restore some of this fullness, but sometimes it takes more than that. Thankfully, newer designs of dentures are now being created that not only restores your bite, but also fill in your face where age and bone loss is most noticeable. In essence, it’s as if the dentures are giving you a “facelift” while you’re wearing them.

These dentures are specially designed to replace your missing teeth while also replacing the lost fullness of bone and soft tissue structures surrounding your mouth. You see, when teeth are missing, it also causes bone in that area to go away. The soft tissues follow, leaving a sunken-in appearance. When the denture is designed to replace the natural depth of bone and soft tissues, it lifts the cheeks and fills in the face, almost reversing the appearance of age.

Not all dentures are designed to provide this natural “facelift.” You’ll need to discuss the pros and cons of different types of dentures with your dentist to decide which method is best for your personal needs. However, these specially designed dentures offer a comfortable alternative that guarantees an excellent fit in most patients. The treatment process is similar to other dentures and starts with a personal consult and oral exam.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036

Oct
13

Which Denture is Best for You?

Posted in Dentures

When you’re looking to replace all of your missing teeth, it’s important to know what options are available. Different types of dentures and prosthetics have advantages over others, and it’s important to take into consideration things like convenience, comfort, and preferences. 

Traditional Dentures and Partial Dentures

Acrylic dentures and partial dentures are traditionally the standard choice for tooth replacement. The prosthesis is removable and clasps in around any existing teeth or held in place with suction against the jaws and palate. Affordable and durable, removable dentures can last for several years when cared for properly. Routine care is needed to keep dentures fitting properly, and they may require occasional relining for a secure fit.  

Fixed Implant Dentures

Fixed implant dentures are a type of prosthesis that is permanently anchored onto 4 implant roots. It does not come out each night like a traditional denture, but stays in the mouth at all times. The denture covers only the bony portion of the jaw, where teeth should be, freeing up other areas throughout the mouth. Since it is permanently anchored in place, implant-supported dentures feel more natural. Many patients report that they are easier to eat with, talk with, and bring back their self-confidence. 

Which type of denture is best for you? Implant anchored dentures are becoming the treatment of choice for many patients due to their reliability and functionality. To find out if you’re a candidate for implant anchored dentures or if traditional dentures are your treatment of choice, schedule an exam and consult with your denture and implant denture dentist today!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Jan
14

How Can I Replace A Missing Tooth?

Posted in Dental Implants

When teeth are lost due to trauma, natural reasons, gum disease or extensive decay, patients are often left wondering how to fill in the space of their missing tooth. Not only are missing teeth an aesthetic concern, but the space can also affect the alignment and shifting of the rest of the teeth throughout the mouth.

Common tooth replacement options include:

Dental Implants: Dental implants are the most “natural” toot replacement option available to the modern dental patient. Implants use a titanium steel dental root that is placed in the area of the missing tooth, where bone naturally re-forms and grows around it. Once healing has completed, a porcelain crown is placed on the top of the implant abutment. Dental implants can be used to replace single, multiple, or an entire mouth of missing teeth.

Bridges: Dental bridges are similar in appearance to dental crowns. A crown is placed on each of the two adjacent teeth with a false porcelain crown between the two with all of the teeth bonded together as a single unit.

Partial Dentures: A partial denture replaces several missing teeth in a single arch, by having prosthetic teeth placed on an appliance that fits along the entire roof of the mouth or along the lower arch of teeth.

Flippers / Retainers: This option is typically a temporary tooth replacement option used between therapies such as orthodontic treatment and dental implant therapy. Teens and adults that need a period of time between treatments can find flippers a useful aesthetic aid that hides open spaces.

Tooth replacement options vary from patient to patient; based on their dental anatomy, bone quality and their personal preferences.

Nov
28

Restorative Dentistry Explained

Posted in Dental Implants

Restorative dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that deals with rehabilitating damaged, missing, or diseased teeth to restore the functional and cosmetic quality of a person’s dentition. Because teeth cannot be restored without considering the health and integrity of the structures and tissues that support them, restorative dentistry is typically an integrative approach which brings together prosthodontic, endodontic, and periodontal treatment.

Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics, which involves designing and fitting dental prostheses, is the mainstay of restorative dentistry. Dental prostheses are devices designed to replace missing or defective teeth or other mouth structures. These artificial devices mimic the look, and restore the function, of natural mouth structures. Dental prostheses used in restorative dentistry include the following:

1)      Crowns

A dental crown is a protective cap or covering that is cemented onto a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged. Crowns match the color and look of the patient’s natural teeth and also strengthen the tooth’s structure.

2)      Bridges

Bridges are artificial teeth designed to fill a gap between healthy teeth. Bridges are bonded to the adjacent natural teeth to hold them in place. Bridges prevent the teeth from shifting thereby preserving the alignment of the teeth.

3)      Dentures

Dentures are removable artificial teeth that can be designed to restore a person’s full dental arch (complete dentures) or several missing teeth (partial dentures).

4)      Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are singly screwed into the jawbone, after which, a crown in placed on top. Implants mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.

Endodontics

The process of restoring teeth may sometimes require that the pulp chamber and tissues surrounding the roots of the teeth be treated. In such cases, restorative dentistry may also involve endodontic treatments such as root canal therapy or root end surgery.

Periodontics

In many cases, the presence of a periodontal disease or defect is the reason why teeth need to be restored in the first place. The gum, jawbone, or periodontal ligament often needs to be treated before dental prostheses can be fitted. As such, restorative dentistry often involves periodontal treatments such as bone grafts to replace atrophied jaw bone, or crown lengthening to expose enough natural tooth structure for the placement of a dental crown.

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