Posts for: November, 2015
For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.
But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.
You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.
Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.
Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.
Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.
If you need a cost-effective replacement for several missing teeth, partial dentures are one of the most popular options. Partial dentures are removable prosthetics, custom designed to match the shape and appearance of your gums and surrounding teeth.
Although they are not permanently affixed in your mouth, they are designed to fit snugly with your natural teeth to provide:
- A stable bite
- Even appearance
- Support for the jaw and gum tissues
Partial dentures are an affordable treatment option that will greatly improve your ability to speak, chew, and smile with pride.
Pros and Cons
There are risks and benefits to partial dentures that you must compare with other available options, such as bridges or implants.
- Most affordable replacement for missing teeth
- Usually covered by insurance
- Require no surgery or invasive work to surrounding teeth
- Safe option for people who are not candidates for other procedures
- Need more care and attention to clean
- Risk of accidentally losing or throwing them away
- Require regular visits for relining (adjusting)
Caring for Partial Dentures
Like natural teeth, partial dentures need to be cleaned and cared for regularly. Dentures cannot be cleaned with regular toothpaste, as it will damage the materials--a special denture cleanser must be used to keep your new dentures in great shape.
Relining your dentures is extremely important for your long-term oral health--this simply means re-adjusting to prevent loosening and slipping. Skipping your relining appointments can cause problems, so be sure to stay on schedule! Ill-fitting dentures will no longer properly support your gums and jaw bone, causing the tissues to weaken and your face to appear sunken over time.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Seymour, IN Dentist
At Jackson County Dental, Dr. Pierce and Dr. Terhaar are experienced in fitting patients for partial dentures, helping them maintain oral health for the long run. To find out if partial dentures are the right option for you,request an appointment at our Seymour dental office or call 812-522-8608 today!
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”