Dental Tips Blog

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

Feb
14

Caring for Your Partial Denture

Posted in Dentures

Your partial denture is an indispensable part of your daily routine. You can’t leave the house without it! A dental prosthetic doesn’t just help you chew. . . it completes your smile. Without it, you probably look like a whole different person.

How can you get the most mileage out of your partial?

Safe and Effective Partial Cleaning

To keep your dental appliance clean and strong:

  • Use a mild soap or approved denture cleaner on a daily basis
  • Brush with a soft denture brush
  • Clean thoroughly around each attachment
  • Rinse your partial well before putting it back in your mouth

Let Your Mouth Breathe

Your dentist will probably recommend that you take your partial denture out at night. This gives your oral tissues a chance to relax and protects your partial if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Keep your appliance moist by soaking in a solution your dentist suggests. If it dries out, it can lose its shape.

When It Stops Fitting Comfortably

You should NEVER force your partial in. Doing so can damage the clasps or attachments that hold it in place. If you ever notice that it’s not fitting the way it used to, let your dentist know fairly quickly.

If your partial is not seated evenly, it could chafe, press against your gums or the roof of your mouth. Annoying though this may be, don’t undertake to adjust it yourself. Schedule a dental visit to have it adjusted.

Getting used to a new partial denture can be a frustrating journey – at first. Contact your dental team for help along the way and you’ll be smiling with confidence for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Nov
30

Which is Right for You: A Full or Partial Denture?

Posted in Dentures

As the names imply, a partial is not a complete denture. It only replaces a few teeth while a full denture replaces all the teeth.

Like many other patients, you might face this choice: do you have your last remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a full denture, or fill in the gaps with a partial?

Keep it Conservative with a Partial

Partials replace a limited number of missing teeth. If you’re only missing one or two teeth, then it makes sense to replace those with a partial. Why pull all the healthy teeth?

A partial needs to be removed and cleaned daily, just like a full denture. For a partial to work, you do need to have some healthy teeth left for the partial to clip around.

When a Full Denture is Best

Maybe you have one or two healthy teeth left, but without healthy neighbors, they won’t do you much good. In this case, you might opt to pull them to get a full denture and replace everything at once – especially if your few remaining teeth are starting to wear out.

A denture provides support to maintain your smile’s structure and let you chew with a full set of teeth. Just remember that a denture won’t do what your natural teeth used to. Don’t be in a hurry to replace healthy teeth with a denture unless it’s absolutely necessary.

A Matter of Preference

In the end, it comes down to what’s most important to you. Do you want to hold onto your healthy natural teeth as long as possible if that means completing your smile with a partial? Or are you ready to switch to the simplicity of a denture?

Your general dentist is in the best position to give you personalized advice about which dental prosthesis is right for you.

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

Nov
26

Is a Partial Denture Right for You?

Posted in Dentures

When you’re missing a tooth or two, you notice the difference.

A gap in your smile can make you camera-shy. You might find that you can’t chomp into a sandwich the way you used to. Your gums in the empty space might even get irritated from food that gets stuck in there. A partial denture is a very common solution for filling in the gap. But is this the solution for you?

What to Expect with a Partial Denture

Partial dentures (sometimes also called a “flipper”) are removable prosthetic appliances. This means that it serves to replace a missing tooth, but not permanently.

The partial is usually a blend of acrylic and metal. It is custom-fitted to anchor onto a couple existing teeth. Attached to this appliance is one or more false teeth. They are made to blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth.

Problems with Partials

You should be aware that partial dentures:

  • Can be lost
  • Require daily removal and cleaning
  • Need adjusting
  • Need to be updated

Partial Denture Alternatives

You might prefer the idea of a dental bridge. It’s cemented to two teeth on either side of a gap, filling in the space with false teeth suspended between them. Bridges can be a little tricky to clean, but you don’t have to worry about losing them!

The most permanent option is a dental implant. Implants are for life and can be cared for just like a natural tooth. If implant surgery is not an option for you and you don’t want a bridge placed on healthy teeth, then a partial may be your best bet. Talk with your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Jul
31

What Kinds of Dentures Are There?

Posted in Dentures

Is a dental prosthesis in your near future? You might be experiencing a mix of emotions over this prospect.

In spite of your apprehension and disappointment, you can enjoy the process of recreating a beautiful and strong bite with the help of your local dentist! Consider some of the main options that you have for replacing your teeth.

Complete Dentures

A complete acrylic denture replaces the teeth of an entire arch. If necessary, both top and bottom dentures can be worn together. A denture is designed to closely match the shape of your gums and mouth for a snug fit. It should be removed daily for cleaning.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures come in all shapes and sizes. A metal frame supports one or more false teeth and anchors onto nearby natural teeth. This should be treated just like a regular denture, as it’s also removable.

Implant Dentures

Some dentures can be made with attachments that snap onto implants. These implants will give your denture more stability than it would have on its own. Implants are as strong as natural roots would be, making them the most permanent method for replacing teeth.

A Customized Combination

What if you have plenty of healthy teeth left and don’t need an entire denture made?

Tooth-replacement techniques are commonly combined to meet different needs. Your dentist will help you understand which procedures are best for your particular smile.

Whichever option you decide is best for you, it will take some getting used to. With patience and time, you will find that your new denture will give you the confidence to eat and smile and enjoy life again! Contact your local dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Bencaz Family Dentistry
130 N Hummell St
Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 665-2417

Dec
29

Four Benefits of Partial Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Partial dentures are removable prosthesis that replaces several teeth at one time. They are typically made of acrylic or acrylic fused to a metal base; and clasp in and out of the mouth easily. Existing teeth help anchor them into place. With someone chooses to have a partial denture made, there are several benefits that they can take advantage of:

They’re an economical choice

The acrylic materials used in making a partial denture allow them to be an affordable alternative to some other types of tooth replacements. If you’re finding yourself experiencing unexpected tooth loss from an accident or injury, a partial denture can be an easily solution before looking for another alternative later on. 

Partials preserve your natural biting patterns

Missing teeth cause other teeth in the mouth to drift out of place. This in turn creates abnormal wear patterns, impacts the appearance of your smile, and makes some areas more difficult to keep clean. Partials act like a retainer, keeping teeth in place where they ought to be. 

They restore aesthetics

Simply put, partial dentures complete your smile again. There’s no need to continue on with missing teeth or avoiding social situations where you feel self-conscious. A partial denture can restore your self-esteem when it comes to how you feel about your smile. 

You can replace them with a permanent option later on

If you want to invest in a permanent option such as dental implants but need to wait for some reason, a partial denture is easy to replace. It doesn’t affect the structure of teeth around it, because it simply clasps around whatever teeth are already there.

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

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