Dental Tips Blog

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

Jan
29

Preparing Yourself for Getting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

It’s hard to believe you’re at this point in your life – the dentist has advised you to get all your remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a denture.

Perhaps you ask yourself how you got here. You might find yourself reviewing poor decisions you made about your dental health in earlier years.

It might be too late to regret skipped dental visits now, but it’s not too late to change one thing: your view of the situation.

Focus On The Benefits

Dentures aren’t shameful. They are an essential tool for enjoying life for anybody who has lost teeth for any reason. Think about how you’ll be able to enjoy a clean pain-free mouth with fresh breath and smile confidently in photos.

Do A Little Research

Dentures are often a barrier to good nutrition since they can reduce the capacity of your bite. When you have to worry about your teeth slipping and sliding, you’re more likely to opt for mac ‘n’ cheese than a fresh salad.

With a little research, you can find ways to enjoy healthy and tasty foods prepared in denture-friendly ways. Start now so that you can have a personalized recipe book ready to go.

Build Trust In Your Dentist

The most important thing you can do is get to know your dentist who will be providing you with your new denture. When you have a trusting relationship, you’ll be confident that you’ll like your new look. It also makes it easier to freely voice any concerns you may have.

Contact your dentist with any more denture questions.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Jan
10

Lessons on Oral Hygiene from George Washington’s Denture

Posted in Dentures

We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.

George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.

Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.

Take Care Of Your Denture!

One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.

If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.

Make Your Natural Teeth Last

Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.

You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-2191

Dec
12

“I’m Happy Without Teeth – I Don’t Need Dentures” . . . Or Do You?

Posted in Dentures

For most people, losing their teeth is their worst nightmare. Literally. Terror-filled dreams about teeth falling out keep many folks up at night. The social implications of running around without teeth is a scary thought.

On the other hand, there are those of us who aren’t too bothered about not having any teeth.

Why get fake teeth if you don’t care about others seeing you without any teeth, at all?

In reality, there is far more to dentures than aesthetics, alone.

Dentures Help You Stay Healthy

Without teeth, it’s not hard to choose between a salad or mac-and-cheese for dinner. But a steady diet of mac-and-cheese won’t do your body much good.

The most important reason for wearing dentures is simply the fact that they keep your nutritional options varied. When you can chew, even with false teeth, it’ll be easier to fuel up on essential vitamins from natural sources.

Dentures Will Give You New Confidence

You may say you don’t care about being seen without teeth, but it’s a different story come time for the family photo or alumni reunion. When you know you have teeth to smile with, it’ll be easier to show off that smile without any awkwardness.

Even if you don’t mind being seen without dentures, caught with dentures slipping, whatever, that can be a good thing! It’s ideal to have a sense of humor as you adjust to your new appliance and you’ll still get all the functional benefits.

To learn more about how a denture can enhance the quality of your life right now, talk with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dream Dentist
1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 726-2699

Nov
30

Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.

Solution?

Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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