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Scott E. Keith, DDS, MS, FACP
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You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
Posted on 4/20/2019 by Front Desk
We often find that when patients think about dentures, they imagine a completely false set of teeth. While this is something that is required from time to time, there are so many other possible variables. Did you know that you can have a denture on only one side of your mouth? How about only an upper denture? It's possible! Let's look at some of the common combinations we see in our office and find a solution for your missing teeth. Improve Your Oral HealthDentures not only restore your smile, they improve your overall oral health. Having missing teeth on one side or missing all of the teeth on either the top or bottom arch can lead to complications with your remaining teeth. If the existing teeth have nothing to stop them, such as other teeth, they begin to shift in the mouth losing their place. Eventually, they can fall out as well, even if they're healthy. For this reason, our office encourages you to come in and see us if you're in need of a partial denture. A removable prosthetic device can be made to fit the upper arch if you're missing those teeth. Or perhaps you suffered an injury to the face and are missing the teeth on one side of the mouth? These can be replaced by a partial dental prosthetic. The important thing is to maintain the integrity of the remaining teeth in the mouth, and this is achieved by wearing dentures or a partial denture in place of the missing teeth. Keeping the surrounding teeth healthy is essential for good oral health, even after you've received an upper or lower denture. Brushing twice daily, scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with our office and maintaining good oral health will help your smile last for years, no matter how it's constructed. Call us today....

Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
Posted on 4/10/2019 by Front Desk
When you make the decision to get dentures, you may expect that they will arrive, you'll pop them in your mouth, and then life will go on as normal. While it would be nice if this were the case, the reality is that you will have a period of adjustment. Some of our patients find that they have to learn how to speak and chew when using their dentures due to the "newness” of wearing them. While you may not have this type of experience, you probably will experience at least a few unusual things. One such thing is excess salivation. If you are experiencing excess salivation, here are a few reasons why. Your Mouth is AdjustingThe biggest reason why you salivate is that your mouth is not used to being held in the position that the dentures force it into. This should lessen within a few weeks as your mouth adjusts to its new position. Until then, just remind yourself that this is not a big deal, and pretty much everyone who wears dentures has this experience. Your Dentures May Need to Be AdjustedIf, after a few weeks, the excess salivation is not decreasing, then it might be time to inspect your dentures. Sometimes dentures that are too tall can cause excess salivation. The reason for this is that holding the jaw in a certain position actually stimulates nerves in your mouth. These nerves are responsible for sending the signal to your salivary glands that it's time to eat—which means producing more saliva. If your dentures are too tall, it is usually a relatively simple fix. Just come in and let us take a look at the dentures. We can quickly tell you whether your dentures need to be adjusted. As always, we are here to help you, so call us if you have any questions....

Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Front Desk
While you may think that you won't have any issues if you lose a tooth, you're wrong: There are many serious consequences. This is because your teeth your teeth form a complete system that works together. As such, when one is missing it causes many of the following problems. Your Smile and Face are AffectedMissing teeth affects your cheeks and bones because your jaw shrinks, lips wrinkle, and both your mouth and your face appear sunken – all making you look older. Of course, this can negatively impact your self-esteem by making you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, especially since modern society places such high importance on having a beautiful smile. Your Other Teeth ShiftYour other teeth will shift out of their normal position. For instance, when you lose a lower tooth, an upper tooth may protrude into its space. This makes them harder to clean, putting you at higher risk of tooth decay, food impaction, and gum disease. When this happens, you'll need additional dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns) and may lose more of your teeth. You Have Difficulty EatingDepending on what tooth you lose, you may no longer be able to eat the foods you want to eat. This is because your teeth are used to tear, shred, and grind food. For instance, you may no longer be able to eat meat, bite into an apple, or digest your food properly. Ultimately, this can impact your self-consciousness making you feel reluctant to go out to eat. You Have Difficulty SpeakingGaps in your teeth can make it difficult to clearly pronounce some words. You may find yourself making whistling sounds when you try to do so. This is because you press your tongue against your teeth and the roof of your mouth to pronounce words – something that doesn't work well when you're missing teeth. Are you missing teeth and need some information on how to fix the problem? Contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your options today....

All Posts:

You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
What is Denture Relining?
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
Do You Need an Overdenture?
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
Signs of a Denture Allergy
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
How to Care for Dental Bonding
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures

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