Dental Tips Blog

May
17

Replacing Front Teeth: Dental Bridge or Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental bridges and implants are both good options for replacing front teeth. But how do you decide which option is right for you?

Start by asking yourself a few questions.

How Much Am I Willing to Pay?

A fixed or removable bridge (partial denture) is almost always cheaper than dental implants upfront. But since implants need little to no maintenance, you may save more in the long run than if you chose to keep updating a dental bridge.

Do I Want a Quick Fix or Permanent Solution?

When you can’t afford to be seen without teeth for even a day, then a dental bridge is the way to go. You’ll actually need one to temporarily fill in the gap even if you decide to start the longer implant treatment. The implant process can take several months from start to finish.

Which Option Will Make My Oral Hygiene Easier?

Dental bridges have a space underneath where germs and food can get trapped. This means you’ll have to be extra careful about cleaning and you might even need some special floss or brushes to get the job done.

Implants, however, are just as easy to clean as your natural teeth.

How Will a Procedure Affect My Appearance?

Bridges look nice in the beginning. But it’s not just replacing your teeth that you should be worried about. The gums and bone under the bridge can slowly shrink away and create a noticeable gap.

Because implants sit inside the bone, they provide stimulation to keep the it strong. This maintains the shape of your gum line and smile.

Talk with your dentist to learn more about the right tooth replacement option for you.

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

Feb
3

Would Anyone Be Able to Tell if You Had a Partial Denture?

Posted in Dental Bridges

You need to have a tooth removed and you’ve opted to get a partial denture in its place.

You’ve never had a false tooth before, so you’re a bit nervous. Would anyone notice that your new tooth isn’t real?

No One Will Notice Your Partial . . . While You’re Wearing It

Dentures and partial dentures are made to look as natural as possible. While you’re wearing your prosthesis, it will look just like any of your other natural teeth. A well-fitted one won’t fall out. Rather, it will give you a more secure bite, so no one will ever notice, even when you eat.

Removing and Cleaning Your Partial

You have to remove your partial at night to clean it properly. Soak it in water and never sleep with it in, since your mouth dries out at night. The dry environment fosters germ growth that can cause painful gum infections. If you end up with inflamed gingiva, you may not even be able to wear your partial during the day.

But what if you find yourself in a situation where you’re embarrassed to remove your partial denture for cleaning when others are around?

The best thing is to have a proper storage container handy right near your bedside. Most likely, others won’t notice if you take out your appliance right before you sleep and turn out the light.

Consider a Dental Implant Instead of a Partial

It could be very difficult to keep your partial denture a secret from everyone forever.

For the most secure and natural-looking tooth replacement, you might want to consider a dental implant. Talk with your dentist to find out which option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Jan
27

Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

Posted in Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that spans the gap between teeth; it’s supported by the ones on either side of the gap.

Removable bridges are also called partial dentures. They can be taken out as needed for easy cleaning. But fixed bridges rest on crowns placed on the remaining teeth or a pair of dental implants.

Should you get a bridge to fill in the gap in your smile?

Why You Should Get a Dental Bridge

Fixed or removable, a bridge can help complete your smile. This will make you less self-conscious about showing your teeth in photographs or laughing. You’ll find it easier to chew food when you have those missing teeth replaced. Whichever tooth replacement you decide on will also help maintain tooth alignment.

If implant surgery is not a realistic option for you, then a traditional bridge may be your best solution.

Downsides to a Dental Bridge

Bridges aren’t always the perfect tooth replacement. Removable partial dentures can put stress on your remaining teeth. Trimming down your natural teeth for crowns to support a permanent dental bridge can also weaken them.

A fixed bridge can be annoying to clean under and around. A removable partial may be easier to clean on the other hand but can also be embarrassing to remove it when you’re around other people.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Should You Get?

Your dentist will help you choose between a fixed bridge, implant, or even a removable partial denture depending on your oral health needs.

Visiting a restorative dentist is the best way to decide on a natural-looking and comfortable tooth replacement that works for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Jan
6

Is There a Better Option Than Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

A denture may be the first tooth replacement option that comes to mind. But you don’t want to be known as someone who wears false teeth.

Are there any other alternatives? Fortunately, you have quite a few to choose from, depending on your tooth replacement needs.

Dental Implants

If you’re missing just a single tooth, then there’s no need to quickly jump to the conclusion that you need dentures.

One or two dental implants may be all you need to complete your smile.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Are you missing most or all of your teeth? You might need a denture, after all. The good news is that you may qualify to anchor your appliance onto dental implants. This gives you more security and confidence than wearing a regular denture on its own.

Dental Bridge

A bridge is a classic “permanent” solution for replacing missing teeth. Bridges are permanent in that they can be fixed to other teeth instead of removable like dentures.

Partial Denture

If you have healthy remaining teeth, then there’s no hurry to get them pulled out and replaced with a denture. You might opt for a partial denture, instead. This appliance is removable, but it’s secure since it snaps around your natural teeth for support.

Is a Denture Your Only Option?

If your health won’t allow you to have implant surgeries, then you may have no choice but to get a denture. This is especially true if you don’t have many healthy natural teeth left to work with, either.

In the end, a simple classic denture may be the best for you considering your health and circumstances. Contact a denture provider near you for an evaluation.

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

Jan
6

Why Do You Have to Store Dentures in Water?

Posted in Dentures

If you have a full or partial denture, then you’ve heard time again that you ought to keep it wet, even when you’re not wearing it. Anytime the denture isn’t in your mouth, it should be in a container of water.

The main reason for keeping a denture moist is because it can dry out and become brittle.

Dentures are commonly made from a material called polymethylmethacrylate. That’s almost as big a mouthful as your denture, itself! You can call it PMMA for short. PMMA is a durable material that’s stable and retains its shape well, when inside of the mouth..

PMMA is designed to fit your mouth when moist, so drying out can cause it to warp and not fit as well.

Keeping your denture moist is the best way to help it hold its shape for as long as possible.

Additionally, storing your denture in water serves a few other useful purposes:

  • Cushioning in case the container falls or is jostled around
  • Soaking in a cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria
  • Remembering where you put your denture (if it’s always in the same case, you probably won’t forget)

Dentures don’t last forever, but you can get plenty of mileage out of your custom prosthesis if you take good care of them.

Are you tired of dentures? If you’re finding it difficult to wear a removable appliance or having to maintain it, then you may be ready for another option. Talk with your dentist to find out about other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.

Even if you stick with your denture for many more years, just remember to keep it wet!

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

Jul
15

Do I Have to Take My Partial Denture Out at Night When I Sleep?

Posted in Dentures

After getting a partial denture, you’ll be instructed to not wear it overnight. You might be in the habit of forgetting and falling asleep with your partial in, but it’s an important rule to comply with.

Perhaps you’re in a social situation where you’d feel awkward being seen without your false tooth in, even late at night.

Why is it so important to not wear your partial denture at night?

Your Mouth at Night

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep, this could damage your partial. Then you wouldn’t have anything to replace your tooth with when you wake up.

Hygiene concerns also factor in. Your mouth tends to dry out at night while you sleep. Leaving a partial denture in only leaves more space for harmful bacteria to collect. There isn’t that steady saliva flow you have during the day which normally rinses away bacteria.

Lastly, your gums will appreciate having a break from the metal and acrylic frame pressing on them! Give your mouth a chance to “breathe” while you sleep, to avoid infection or bone loss from the pressure.

What to Do with Your Partial at Night

Your partial denture should be cleaned once a day. Right before bed is a great time. Use a denture brush and a mild hand soap or denture cleaner to give them a gentle scrubbing. This removes plaque and debris.

Also brush and floss your remaining natural teeth.

Rinse thoroughly and then store your partial in a container of fresh water or a denture solution overnight. In the morning, pop your partial back in after thoroughly brushing it.

For more tips on keeping your partial denture comfortable for years to come, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

May
6

Should You Get a Dental Bridge?

Posted in Dental Bridges

People have relied on dental bridges for decades. Not just patients as a whole – some individuals have literally had a fixed dental bridge hold up for years!

A dental bridge is a false tooth suspended between functional dental crowns, and it’s a great way to fill in a gap left by missing teeth. Completing your smile with this restoration isn’t the only solution, however.

How do you know if a dental bridge is right for you?

When a Bridge Is a Good Idea

People who aren’t able to have dental implant surgery usually opt for a dental bridge. They could be limited by the cost or by their health. Getting a bridge is more conservative budget-wise

A bridge is often the preferred alternative to a removable partial denture. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle (and occasional embarrassment) of wearing a removable appliance, then you might like a fixed bridge.

Cons of a Dental Bridge

Dental bridges can be a little tricky to clean underneath. But daily cleaning is essential to keeping the gums and neighboring teeth healthy. There are special floss and flossing tools designed for wiping away plaque and food from under a bridge.

The biggest downside to a bridge is that it often requires one or two healthy teeth to be trimmed down for crowns. The bridge needs something for support! But using those teeth for crowns could wind up shortening their lifespan.

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to figure out which restorative solution is best for your smile. Your dentist will explain how your lifestyle, health, and the shape of your factor into the decision.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-122

Mar
27

Get a Denture for Just One Tooth

Posted in Dentures

Even if you have at least 27 other fully-functioning teeth, that one missing tooth can seem like it’s ruining your life.

Too many people hide their smiles in shame because of a gaping hole in their grin.

If that describes you, then a denture could be just what you need.

What Kind Of Denture?

Don’t worry – you shouldn’t need to have any more teeth extracted!

You may actually qualify for what’s called a partial denture. Like any denture, this is made from a pink acrylic to match your gums. Partial dentures may have metal or acrylic clasps to anchor onto neighboring teeth while it holds a false tooth suspended over the gap.

Life With A Partial Denture

No one has to ever know that you wear the appliance unless you tell them.

You will have to remove your partial denture at night to clean it and soak it in a denture-safe solution. Occasional checkups with your dentist will ensure a snug, clean, and comfortable fit at all times.

Alternatives To A Partial Denture

If you find that life with a partial denture isn’t right for you, then you might want to consider getting a dental implant to fill the empty space. But for the time being, a partial is a fairly quick and noninvasive way to complete your smile.

For a fast fix, you can also opt for a crown-and-bridge restoration. This technique caps two natural teeth and uses them as the support for a false tooth. The downside is that the procedure is not reversible.

To find out whether a removable false tooth (partial denture) is right for you, schedule a visit at your local dental office.

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

Jun
20

Is There a Difference Between Flippers and Partials?

Posted in Dentures

For the most part, the terms “flipper” and “partial denture” are interchangeable in everyday language.

Getting technical, however, a flipper is more of a subset (and temporary) type of partial denture.

What Do Partial Dentures Do?

A partial denture is a removable plate with one or more artificial teeth that anchors onto your existing teeth. Partials come in a variety of styles with many different kinds of clasps or bases. Your dentist will help you find out which type is best for you.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a partial denture would complete your smile and give you a little more help with chewing.

What Makes A Flipper Different

A true flipper is more of a temporary partial denture used for aesthetic purposes. It’s usually made of only acrylic and has no attachments that rest on your other teeth. Because it simply rests against your gums and palate, wedged between your teeth, it’s possible to just “flip” the prosthetic around with your tongue. That is one reason it’s called a “flipper.”

Does It Matter Which You Choose?

Actually, you don’t really get a choice in this matter. It comes down to what you need at the time.

Partial dentures require some maintenance, but they can be a lifelong solution. A flipper, on the other hand, is what you might get the day of a tooth extraction. It temporarily fills in a gap while you wait on your permanent bridge, partial denture, or dental implant to be completed.

Flippers are not as expensive as partials, but that’s because they won’t last anywhere near as long.

Ask your dentist for more information on the tooth replacement option that’s perfect for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

May
1

Is a Dental Bridge a Good Idea? Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted in Dental Bridges

Lots of patients choose to replace missing teeth by spanning the gap with a dental bridge, also called partial dentures. What works for one person doesn’t mean it’s the solution for everyone, however.

Here are some things to consider when you’re planning to replace a few missing teeth with partial dentures.

How Long Do You Want the Restoration to Last?

Some people are under the mistaken opinion that a bridge is the ultimate solution. They feel that once it’s in place, it’s not going anywhere. That’s not exactly true.

As with any other dental restoration, a bridge will wear down and need an update, at some point down the road. The issue here is that every time your bridge is replaced, it weakens the teeth that anchor it in place.

Can You Keep a Bridge Clean?

A bridge is a great way to restore your bite so that you can chew with confidence. As long as you are able to take good care of your bridge, it will last you a long time. Proper care includes flossing around the teeth that support the bridge and cleaning underneath it, as well.

Will Your Other Teeth Support a Bridge?

Sometimes, the teeth on either side of the gap are just too weak to survive the process of having crowns placed on them. If your dentist determines that to be the case, he or she will let you know what your other options are.

Your Best Smile Restoration Option

Eventually, some patients decide that a removable partial denture is best for them. Others prefer the permanence and convenience of dental implants. Consult your dentist to find out whether or not a bridge is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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