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Dentures Can Be a Great Option, Even if You Are Young

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Front Desk
The image used to be that only older people would need dentures, but dentures are for younger people as well. There are young adults in their 20's and 30's and 40's who may need or want dentures for various reasons. There may have already been loss of teeth from some advanced gum or tooth decay. Many young adults also suffer from medical issues, that could cause them to want or need dentures, conditions such as chronic acid reflux is one. Perhaps there has been a single catastrophic event or accident that has caused massive oral trauma, such as sports injuries or perhaps a serious car accident. Regardless of the reason for the dentures, the important factor is to receive them in order for your overall oral health, and the function of your mouth can be restored, as well as the confidence you will have again once your teeth have been restored. Tremendous Strides Give More Options for Denture Wearers There have been tremendous advances in how dentures are made. They are no longer the over-sized teeth that look awkward and fake. Dentures in many instances, with the help of modern-day equipment often look better than your own natural teeth, and many find them more attractive. There are many choices now with the type of dentures you may want to choose – such as full or partial dentures, implanted dentures, and removable dentures. Missing teeth, some or all always makes you a good candidate for dentures, no matter your age. Dentures are not just to make your smile look better, although that is the outward appearance reward. When you have missing teeth, it is more difficult for several reasons, and you have trouble speaking, chewing food is more difficult. Having missing teeth always affects the overall health of your remaining teeth as well as your jaw and your gums. Gaps created make other teeth able to move and then they become unaligned. When you do not have a tooth root and your gums and jawbone have no stimulation they begin to atrophy. Missing teeth also may have negative consequences for your professional life and with confidence in your personal life. So, if you have missing teeth, no matter your age, it is the function of dentures to help restore your mouth's functioning and look. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about how dentures may be an option for you, please call our office. We will schedule an appointment for you to help you learn more about the restoration process....
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Tips for Caregivers Helping Someone with Dentures

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Front Desk
As caregivers for someone with dentures there are areas of concern to be aware of as well as the actual care of the dentures themselves. If a denture is actually fitting well, then an adhesive is fine to use for stability. However, if the denture is loose fitting, an adhesive that would normally fill in the gaps could lead to tissue damage. Therefore, an examination of their mouth to look and see if there are sores or irritations or if the denture plates are rubbing is very necessary. All of these can be very painful, causing bleeding and sores to form. When this happens, the majority of senior's will simply stop eating much and change their diet, which puts them at risk for nutritional concerns. Caregiver Tips As caregivers to our elderly family members or other senior adults, we need to feel comfortable in inspecting their mouth. It's not always a pleasant task and it is invasive, but it is very necessary. If you are being met with resistance in any way, please enlist help as it is so important that they receive the appropriate care in this area for their health and nutrition. Ensuring care and healthy treatment of our senior's teeth helps ensure and keep their whole body healthy and that is the mission! Senior dentures need just as with their natural teeth cleaned every day with a soft bristle brush especially for dentures. This helps remove all the debris and plaque and with seniors it is especially important to rinse off as soon as possible after eating. Remember to put a towel down to clean the dentures, as you do not want to break them and when cleaning do not use toothpaste as it is very abrasive and will damage their dentures. Also, as a reminder do not use bleach for stain removal as it will often discolor the portion of the denture that is pink for the gum area. Extra Tips to Keep in Mind It is not necessary to purchase a dental cleanser, all that is needed is mild dishwashing liquid for the cleaning. You can use an ultrasonic cleaner but, not necessary if you do not forget to do a daily brushing for debris removal. It is vital to keep the mouth of the senior's gums along with their tongue and palate brushed with a soft cloth as well. This will keep any possible irritants free from their mouth before putting dentures back in. As a reminder, if a denture adhesive is needed and being used, use only a minimum amount and very important to remove any that might be left. If you have concerns about your senior family member's dentures or any other oral health issues for them or yourself, please do not hesitate to call the office. We are here to help in any way that we can....
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How Guided Tissue Regeneration Can Restore Your Gums

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Front Desk
Our teeth are held steady and in place by our gums, tissue and bones. There are several diseases that can cause the break down the bone, but one that is the most damaging is periodontal disease (gum disease). The process to fix the bone is what is called regeneration, and regenerative treatments can be used to begin the process of regrowth of new bones. This new growth raises the bone's height that surrounds the tooth, giving it more structure and support. One type of treatment procedure that we use her in our office to repair the bone is Guided Tissue Regeneration. How Does Guided Tissue Regeneration Work? Guided Tissue Regeneration employs a resorbable or non-resorbable membrane that is typically constructed of artificial membranes that are meant to keep the tissue from growing over into the diseased or defected areas. These membranes are critical to the process due to their ability to slow down fast migrated bone cell tissue, giving slower migrating bone cells a chance to thrive and grow in their place. Guided Tissue Regeneration will be performed as a surgery in our office and is done on the bone and gums. We will remove all of the area that resides under the surface of your gums, to pull out any infected areas and bacteria. We will then place a membrane over the bones that are damaged to begin the repair and healing. The bone will begin to regenerate as the stitches dissolve or are removed. Which in most cases, is about 6 months, when the bone is strong enough to support your teeth? In order to minimize the chances of you developing other health and oral problems related to gum disease, it is critical that you maintain a healthy oral hygiene regimen and seek treatment regularly in our office. Schedule a consultation today and let us help you get back to a beautiful and healthy smile....
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All Posts:

Dentures Can Be a Great Option, Even if You Are Young
6/22/2020
Tips for Caregivers Helping Someone with Dentures
6/8/2020
How Guided Tissue Regeneration Can Restore Your Gums
5/29/2020
What Are the Most Common Sources of Dental Pain?
5/15/2020
:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures
4/20/2020
Questions Most New Denture Wearers Ask Us
4/10/2020
Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
3/20/2020
Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
3/10/2020
How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
2/20/2020
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?
2/10/2020
How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
1/20/2020
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
1/10/2020
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
12/20/2019
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
12/10/2019
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016
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