Dental Tips Blog

Oct
15

Travel Tips for Denture Wearers

Posted in Dentures

Traveling with a denture doesn’t have to be any more exciting or risky than traveling with a full set of teeth. You just have to be prepared!

Have a backup.

Do you have an old denture that doesn’t fit very well? It’s a good idea to bring it along, stored in a case of clean water. You may opt to wear that one if you have plans to go kayaking on the lake and don’t want to risk your good denture falling out where it can’t be easily retrieved.

On the other hand, an old backup denture could come in handy if you do lose your regular one. At least you don’t have to go home with no teeth!

Use a secure case.

Perhaps you’re used to just keeping your dentures in a glass of water on your bedside table. But you might want to purchase a more secure case for your travels. You need something that will store your denture in water and will protect it in case it gets knocked off an unfamiliar nightstand in a dark room.

Alert your dentist.

Let your dentist know that you’ll be out of town for an extended time. He or she may be able to give you the contact information of reliable denture dentists in the area you’re headed for. In the event of an emergency, you’ll know who to call.

Keep spare cleaning products.

Why stick to just one box of your favorite denture cleaner? Keep extra on hand in case something gets lost in a checked suitcase that never shows up.

Ask your dentist for more tips on how to care for your denture on your next trip.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Sep
19

6 Reasons You Should Get an Implant Supported Denture

Posted in Dentures

An implant denture or overdenture rests on dental implants instead of directly on your gums. The implants attach to the base of the denture to keep it from slipping around.

Getting implants to secure your denture is a relatively minimally-invasive procedure. On top of that, there are several great benefits to anchoring your prosthesis in place.

Chew Better

You’d still have to avoid very sticky or hard foods that can damage a denture, but the implants would allow you to chew with more force than before. The better you can bite, the more foods you can enjoy, and the better nutrition your body will get.

Speak More Clearly

There will be no more clicking and slurred words if your denture stays firmly in place during your entire conversation.

Smile and Laugh with Confidence

Probably the worst thing about dentures is how they can make some people embarrassed by their smile. Implants can give you back your confidence.

Avoid Further Bone Loss

When a denture rests directly on the gums, it puts pressure on the jaw underneath. This can trigger a gradual bone resorption process. Implants on the other hand, stimulate bone and maintain the shape of your smile. They absorb pressure and support a denture while promoting healthy bone levels.

Enjoy Greater Comfort

Sick of a pinching, slipping, chafing denture? Prop it up on implants and it won’t irritate your gums so much.

Say Goodbye to Denture Adhesives

Implant dentures cut out the expense and mess of applying denture creams on a daily basis.

Ready to give an implant overdenture a try? Contact your dentist to see if you qualify.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Sep
9

How to Stop Your Dentures from Slipping

Posted in Dentures

Loose dentures can be either an embarrassment at the worst, or a good laugh at best!

But social scenarios aside, dentures that slip around can also cause serious oral health problems like:

  • Difficulty eating a nutritious diet
  • Chafing and sores on the gums
  • Accelerated bone loss in the jaw
  • Damage to remaining teeth

How do you keep your denture in place if it’s gotten loose?

Adhesives

Denture adhesives are not meant to be the permanent solution to a loose denture. You might wear an adhesive as a temporary help or as a sort of safety net while you build confidence in wearing your appliance.

You can try a little bit of adhesive to see if that makes you more comfortable until you can see your dentist.

Just remember that a little adhesive goes a long way. More is not better, in this case. If a tiny amount of adhesive isn’t enough to stabilize your denture, then you need to move on to the next step.

Denture Reline

Relining the plastic base of your denture or some other adjustment may help you get a better fit. Remember, dentures are “held in place” by the suction they create between your prosthesis and the soft gum tissue that they rest against.

New Denture

If you go for the cheapest in price, you’ll get the cheapest in quality. A denture is worth investing in. If your current prosthesis isn’t meeting expectations but rather, is causing you trouble, you may want to consider getting a high-end option or working with an experienced denture specialist.

Implant Denture

This is the best way to get a secure bite while preserving the bone in your jaw. Implants aren’t the solution for everyone, but they are definitely worth investigating.

Ask your dentist for tips on keeping your dentures in place.

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

Sep
5

Would Anyone Notice if I Got a Denture?

Posted in Dentures

If you have no teeth right now and then one day showed up with a set of dentures, then yes, your friends would probably notice!

However, you’re here because you still have some natural teeth left. You’re thinking about having them replaced with false ones, but you don’t want that fact to become public knowledge.

Is it possible to get a denture that looks enough like your natural teeth that no one would know the difference?

What Are Dentures Made From?

A denture is typically made of acrylic. This material is lightweight and easy to design to match your mouth. Smooth, pink acrylic gums look just like natural tissues that shines with saliva.

Teeth on a denture are often made from acrylic or porcelain and are shaped and colored to look like actual teeth.

Are you worried that your denture will look like a row of square white pieces of chewing gum? Stock-standard dentures used to look like that, but today’s “false teeth” are made to be much more realistic.

Customizing Your Denture

Before you have any teeth removed, your dentist will use the look of your natural smile to design your new denture. This way, your prosthesis can be all ready to try in on the day your teeth need to be extracted.

You’ll have a say in selecting the gum color, tooth color, size, and shape, and even in designing some unique imperfections to mirror those in your natural teeth (if you like.)

Today, dentures are made to be so realistic that no one ever has to know you’re wearing one. Your dentist will help you decide on an appliance that suits your needs and smile’s appearance.

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

May
13

Is it Harmful to Chew without Teeth?

Posted in Dentures

No matter how skilled you might be at eating with no teeth, there are some serious consequences that can result.

Gum Infections

Your soft gums aren’t designed to chew food. They only cushion teeth and bone. If you chew directly on your gums, they can get cut, irritated, and develop uncomfortable infections.

Jaw Bone Shrinkage

Just like your gums, the bone in your jaw wasn’t meant to take the direct force of chewing. The pressure of chewing without teeth can cause your jaw to wear down and shrink, giving your smile a collapsed look. This shape makes it even harder to fit your jaw for dentures or implants later on.

Poor Digestion and Nutrition

Without teeth, food doesn’t spend a lot of time in the mouth. You may not produce enough saliva to help everything go down smoothly.

Teeth are necessary for breaking food down into manageable portions. If you can’t chew your food thoroughly, the large bits won’t break up as well. This can lead to indigestion, excess bacterial growth, and gas.

As you reach for soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow without teeth, you might pass up some key nutrients your body needs. A well-rounded diet that includes crunchy grains and vegetables is good for your health, but hard to manage when you have no teeth. As a result, you can suffer nutritional deficiencies.

Going tooth-free sounds like a good way to save money, but you may end up spending more on the resulting complications. Chewing with a denture is better than nothing.

Are you ready to start talking about possible tooth replacement options? Contact a dentist in your area for a consultation.

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

Apr
22

Is a Denture the Best Tooth Replacement Option for You?

Posted in Dentures

To many people, getting a denture is just another inevitable life change.

You do have more than one option, however. So here’s what you need to know in order to make the best decision about replacing your teeth.

What a Denture Is

Dentures are usually made from acrylic. The “gums” can be colored to match your natural tissues. Teeth are also individually designed to look just like your original ones.

Complete dentures replace all teeth on an arch. A partial denture has just one or a few teeth supported by an acrylic or metal frame that rests on existing teeth.

What You Should Know About Dentures

You can bite up to six times harder with natural teeth than you can with false ones. This means that after getting dentures, you’ll likely have some limitations in what you can eat.

Just because dentures are not real teeth doesn’t mean you don’t need to take care of them. You’d still have to clean, brush, and soak it daily to keep your gums (and any remaining teeth) healthy.

Denture Alternatives

Instead of traditional dentures, you may qualify for dental implants. There are many different methods for replacing one or more teeth with implant technology. If you want a quick and fixed option, a simple dental bridge may suffice.

Having your teeth pulled to get a denture sounds like an easy way to be done with dental issues forever. But that’s really the fast track to a new set of problems. So the best alternative really is to hold onto your natural teeth as long as you can.

Talk with your dentist to find out whether a denture is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Mar
31

The Truth About False Teeth

Posted in Dentures

Dentures certainly have a stigma attached to them. They seem to indicate diminished beauty, health, and age. Some people are afraid to have their teeth extracted to get a denture. Others worry that their denture will look fake or be uncomfortable.

What are dentures really like?

No One Has to Know

Dentures are made to look far more realistic than ever before. They don’t come in a uniform style. If you get dentures, they can even be made to resemble your original teeth, imperfections and all. Tooth alignment, color, gum color and contour – all of that can be made to reflect your original (or ideal) smile.

Bring in photos of the smile you want and your dentist will design the denture based on that.

A denture today will fit far better than you remember your parents’ dentures fitting. Dentures are made to closely fit the gums using the lightest material possible, like acrylic. Some dentures even rest on implants for a more stable bite.

Modern denture technology means you’re less likely to have your teeth fall out at inopportune moments!

Getting a Denture Doesn’t Have to Hurt

It’s all about preparation. If you carefully follow instructions for preparing for extractions and healing, things should go smoothly. Dental sedation may even be a practical aid to getting you through any needed surgeries or extractions.

Your dentist will help you to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the transition to false teeth. Don’t be shy about asking any questions or voicing any concerns.

You may yet have other options for replacing lost teeth. Schedule a visit with your dentist to find out which restorative option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Mar
6

How Immediate Are Immediate Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

What’s the appeal of immediate dentures? They mean you don’t have to go without teeth while you transition to your first denture. You get your existing teeth extracted and a new denture delivered on the very same visit.

So, yes, an immediate denture is just that. But the process takes much more than a day.

How It Works

You’ll go through a series of appointments to get your mouth ready for the procedure. The dentist will spend some time planning and designing your denture so that it will be ready to go. It’s also recommended on occasion to have some back teeth extracted early on.

The day you get your denture you’ll have the last teeth removed. Your new denture will go in and help your gums heal. You can go home with your completed smile, but the journey doesn’t end there.

A follow-up appointment within 24-48 hours is necessary to ensure everything is healing properly. As your gums heal, your denture will eventually need some adjustments.

As with any denture, getting used to your new prosthesis will take time and practice.

Is An Immediate Denture Right For You?

Getting a new smile in a day sounds great. But before you go for an immediate denture, think about these considerations:

  • It can be more expensive than a traditional denture
  • You may need to have a second denture made later on
  • Pre-existing health conditions could make it inadvisable for you to get an immediate denture

Discuss your options with your dentist before choosing an immediate denture. With a little careful planning, you can be sure of getting a smile you’ll love!

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

Feb
16

What Is a Denture Reline?

Posted in Dentures

If your denture has started bothering you as of late, then a visit to the dentist for a reline may be in order.

Relining dentures isn’t an expensive procedure. But it can do a lot to improve the comfort of your bite.

Hard vs. Soft Relines

When a dentist relines a denture, he or she applies a layer of material to the inside to make it more comfortable and fit your mouth’s current shape.

A hard reline takes more time and usually requires sending your denture to a lab for a detailed job. Soft relines involve a simple liquid polymer and can often be done by your dentist right there their office.

Why a Reline?

The pressure of using a denture can actually wear down the bone beneath gum tissue. Eventually, this causes a change in the shape of your jaw so that your denture no longer fits the way it originally did. In a way, your denture outgrows your mouth.

Your bone may have already been affected if your denture:

  • Slips around a lot
  • Chafes and causes sores on your gums
  • Requires an adhesive now more than you did before

This process of bone resorption tends to happen most quickly during the first few months after you get dentures. After that, this continues to happen at a slower rate. This is why it’s common to need a reline within the first six months of getting a new prosthesis.

Don’t depend on a powder or paste to give your denture a secure fit. Tackle the problem right at the source. Contact your dentist today to schedule a denture reline appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Feb
11

5 Common Denture Problems…and Solutions

Posted in Dentures

If you’re a denture wearer, then chances are you can relate to at least one of these common denture issues!

Fortunately if you do, there’s something you can do to resolve them.

Problem: Dentures slip and slide when you try to talk.

Solution: Practice, practice, practice! Practice speaking out loud when you’re in the privacy of your home. This will help you gain confidence for those tricky social situations.

Problem: Gum sores from denture irritation.

Solution: Your denture is likely too loose or ill-fitting. A denture adhesive (used sparingly) can help it stay in place. Eventually, you will need to have your denture adjusted or relined by your dentist.

Problem: Difficulty eating.

Solution: Cut your food into smaller-than-usual bites. Reach for softer things like chicken salad rather than steak, or applesauce as opposed to a whole apple. Like speaking, eating with dentures is another task that requires practice to master.

Problem: Bad breath.

Solution: Take a look at your denture hygiene. Are you removing your denture every night for a soak? Do you clean your denture daily? Remember to care for your mouth, too. Brush your tongue to remove smelly bacteria and use a rinse prescribed by a dentist to reduce odor. Staying hydrated is also key to fresh breath with dentures.

Problem: Stained teeth.

Solution: Most people want a bright white smile, even if it’s with false teeth. Keep your denture very clean to prevent stain buildup before it starts. Give it a rinse after drinking dark beverages like tea and coffee. Visit your dentist regularly for a professional denture cleanings to remove tartar.

Have other questions or concerns about your denture? Contact your dentist for more information on denture care and maintaining your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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