Dental Tips Blog

Apr
24

6 Problems Caused by a Loose Denture

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture starting to feel loose?

It’s time to see your dentist to have your denture adjusted. If you don’t, you could begin to experience the unpleasant effects of having a loose prosthesis.

Difficulty Speaking

Loose dentures can make a clacking noise when they come together. Other people may even notice a whistling when you speak to them. All the unwanted and distracting sounds could make you too embarrassed to carry on a conversation with anyone.

Difficulty Chewing

With a little practice, a snug new denture will help you get through just about any meal. But as your denture loosens up, you’ll find that it gets harder and harder to chew your food properly.

Poor Nutrition

Loose dentures can cause embarrassment and frustration while you try to enjoy a meal. You may find yourself gradually changing your diet to avoid those hard-to-chew foods. As a result, you can end up eating only soft meals (like canned soups, mashed potatoes, and pudding) which tend to be low in nutritional content.

Sores on Gums

If your denture can move around in your mouth, then it’s likely chafing your gums. You can develop raw patches or gums so swollen and painful that you can’t even wear your denture at all.

Rapid and Uneven Bone Wear

Dentures put pressure on your bone and slowly cause it to resorb, but this process happens quicker if your dentures don’t rest evenly on your jaw.

Jaw Pain

Loose and/or unbalanced dentures will put different degrees of strain on your jaw. The imbalance can lead to TMJ problems.

Do your smile a favor and stop suffering with a loose denture! Contact a denture provider for help.

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

Apr
14

5 Tips for the Best Denture Care

Posted in Dentures

Your new denture is a valuable investment, and one that you depend on every single day. So it only makes sense that you want to take good care of your denture and make it last a long time.

Here are five things you should do to keep your denture clean, strong, and beautiful for many years.

  1. Rinse After Eating

You can prevent a lot of stain, odor, and debris buildup on your denture if you rinse it carefully after each meal or snack. A quick rinse under water is all it takes. Swish some water in your mouth too before putting your denture back in.

  1. Brush Your Denture Thoroughly

Use a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures to clean your appliance. Regular brushing removes food debris and prevents stains from settling into the acrylic. Handle your denture with care while you clean it.

  1. Soak When Not in Use

Did you know that dentures can shrink and warp if they dry out? They’re designed to fit perfectly in a moist environment like your mouth. That’s why you need to soak your denture in a dentist-approved solution during times you’re not wearing it, such as while you sleep.

  1. Clean Your Mouth, Too

Germs on your gums can move right back in to a clean denture. Wipe down your gums every day, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left. Use a rinse to control bacteria growth if your dentist advises it.

  1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental checkups are as important for denture-wearers as they are for those with natural teeth. See your dentist often to make sure your denture is strong, and your mouth is healthy.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
9

5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting a Denture

Posted in Dentures

Getting a denture isn’t the same process for everyone. It’s helpful if you understand your own unique needs and circumstances before getting a set of “false teeth.” Here are five important questions to discuss with your dentist to make sure you understand the recommended treatment.

  1. How will dentures change the way I eat and talk?

Getting dentures is a big commitment since there’s no going back to your natural teeth once they’re gone. It’s crucial that you understand how a prosthesis will change your life before you commit to one.

  1. Should I keep any of my remaining natural teeth?

You may be anxious to get rid of your remaining natural teeth, especially if you keep getting cavities or having other problems. But as long as they’re still strong, you may be better off holding onto them and getting a partial denture.

  1. What kind of denture is right for me?

There are many different kinds of dental prostheses. Your dentist will help you find out which materials and design are right for your smile.

  1. Are there any alternatives to getting a denture?

A denture may not even be the solution you need. Ask your dentist about partial dentures, bridges, implants and other options for restoring your bite.

  1. How can I keep my dentures in good shape?

Getting a denture is only the start of your new responsibility. Keeping your denture in shape and your mouth in good health requires some work on your part. Your dentist will explain what you should do to get the most out of your denture.

Visit a dentist in your area to ask any other questions you have.

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

Mar
9

Why Even Denture Wearers Need Preventative Dental Care

Posted in Dentures

If you have dentures, then why bother with dental appointments?

The reality is that you still need regular preventative and diagnostic care, even if you have no natural teeth left.

Your Denture Needs Maintenance

Your denture can develop small cracks over time that weaken it and provide a hideout for germs. Eventually, your denture can crack or cause sores on your mouth.

Also, your mouth changes shape as the jawbone shrinks under the pressure of a denture. Your denture won’t fit the way it used to unless you get it adjusted or re-lined by your dentist on a routine basis.

Regular preventative check-ups at the dental office will ensure that your denture stays in good working order for as long as possible.

Your Mouth Needs Checkups

If you don’t keep your mouth clean, you can develop sores and fungal infections. At regular checkups, your dentist will make sure your denture fits comfortably and that your current oral hygiene routine is working well for you. Those exams may also include x-rays and essential oral cancer screenings.

Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Whether you have teeth or not, your mouth is still an important part of your body. If you have an infection or disease going on in your mouth, then it can weaken your immune system. Bacteria left to grow under a denture can infect other parts of your body if they enter the bloodstream or airway.

If your denture is causing you discomfort, then you may even have trouble eating. A poor diet will result in nutritional deficiencies for your body.

Preventative dental visits will ensure that your mouth is healthy and that your denture fits well. Call a dentist near you today to plan a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Mar
3

How to Make Your Denture More Comfortable

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can sometimes feel bulky, uncomfortable, and far from natural-feeling. A poorly fitting denture can even cause painful sores and chafing.

Here are five ways that you can make your prosthetic teeth as comfortable as possible.

Keep Your Denture Clean

Most importantly, maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This includes cleaning your denture daily and properly cleaning your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth. If you let food and bacterial debris build up underneath your denture, you increase your risk for gum irritation.

Use an Adhesive

Less is more when it comes to denture adhesives. Just a tiny bit of denture paste, powder, or cream can give you added confidence that your denture will stay in place.

Soak Your Denture at Night

If you let your denture dry out, the acrylic can warp and shrink slightly, changing its fit. Keep your denture hydrated by storing it in water or a dentist-approved denture soaking solution while you sleep.

Your mouth dries out while you sleep, encouraging bacterial growth, so wearing your dentures at night can lead to fungal infections such as thrush. Soaking your denture at night not only keeps it comfortable, but your mouth healthy.

Practice!

Practice chewing and speaking with your denture from the privacy of your own home. This will build your confidence in your ability to talk and dine with others when you’re in public.

Let Your Dentist Make Adjustments

No denture will fit for a lifetime. As your jawbone changes over time, your denture will require adjustments to stay comfortable. Visit your dentist regularly to check the fit of your denture and see if it needs repairs.

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

Jan
26

Why Your Dentures Don’t Fit Like They Used To

Posted in Dentures

When you first got your dentures, they felt nice and snug and you could chew with confidence.

But now that a few years have gone by, they’re starting to feel a little loose. They slip out of place when you chew and click when you speak.

What’s going on?

Why Dentures Get Loose

Your denture rests directly on your gums for support. When you bite down, the force of your bite presses on the bone underneath. This is different from the way teeth put pressure on bone; teeth have roots embedded deep within the jaw, taking the blunt of the force.

Over time, this constant pressure on your jawbone can actually cause it to start wearing away. As a result, the shape of your mouth changes but your denture doesn’t change to fit it.

Eventually, even the best dentures get loose.

How to Make Your Dentures Fit Again

Your first instinct might be to pack on the denture adhesive. But this solution is only temporary. Adhesive works best in small amounts, anyway, in line with the “less is more” principle.

Never attempt adjusting your denture at home since you could cause irreversible damage.

The best solution for a loose denture is to have it adjusted by a dentist. Only your dentist can successfully reline your denture for a more comfortable fit. If your denture is beyond repairing, then it may be time to get a new one altogether.

If your dentures are loose, then it’s time to see your dentist for advice. Waiting too long will only make things worse, since loose dentures can cause sore gums and wear down your bone even faster.

Call today to find out how you can get a better-fitting appliance.

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

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

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