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By JACKSON COUNTY DENTAL
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   Broken Dentures  

No matter how carefully you care for your dentures, damage can occur occasionally. If your dentures are broken or damaged, let your Seymour, IN, dentist, Dr. Matthew Pierce, know as soon as possible.

What causes denture damage?

Years of chewing eventually weakens your dentures, making them more prone to damage. You may take a bite of a sandwich one day and notice a broken tooth. If your denture slips out of your hands when you're cleaning it, pieces of it can break or chip off.

Dentures are more likely to be damaged if they don't fit well. Ideally, the biting forces generated when you chew are spread evenly over the surface of the entire denture. If your dentures don't fit well, one part of the denture may become stressed. Continual stress can cause the denture to crack or even break in half.

How your dentist can help

During a visit to the Seymour dental office, your dentist will first determine the cause of the damage (if it isn't obvious) and provide repair options. In some cases, he may be able to fill in a small chip or reattach a tooth in the office. It may also be possible to bond small cracks, which will reduce the risk of a break in the future.

If your denture has broken in half, you may need a new denture. Your dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new restoration fits comfortably.

You can reduce the risk of denture damage by:

  • Visiting Your Dentist for Regular Checkups: During your checkups, your dentist will examine your dentures for signs of damage and check the fit. If your dentures no longer fit well, he may recommend relining, rebasing or replacing them.
  • Storing Dentures Properly: Do you ever leave your dentures on a table or nightstand overnight? If the restorations aren't kept moist, they may warp and might not fit as well. Storing your dentures in denture cleanser or water will help you avoid this problem.
  • Preventing Damage Due to Dropping the Dentures: Handling your dentures over a soft surface, such as a folded towel, will reduce the risk of damage should you drop them.

Don't let broken dentures ruin your smile. Call your dentist in Seymour, IN, Dr. Pierce, at (812) 522-8608.

By Jackson County Dental
February 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  
WearingDentures247MayNotBeaGoodIdea-HeresWhy

Today’s technologically advanced dentures aren’t your grandparents’ “false teeth.” Now made with superior materials and processes, you could almost forget you’re wearing them. But don’t let that cause you to leave them in for the night: While it may seem like a harmless thing to do, wearing dentures 24/7 may not be good for them or your health.

For one thing, around the clock denture wearing could worsen bone loss, already a concern with dentures and missing teeth. The forces generated when we chew on natural teeth stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone cells. When teeth go missing, though, so does this stimulus. Even the best dentures can’t restore this stimulation, so bone loss remains a risk.

And, dentures can accelerate bone loss because of the added pressure they bring to the bony gum ridges that support them. Wearing them all the time deprives the gums of any rest, further speeding up the pace of bone loss. Losing bone volume not only affects your overall oral health, it will gradually loosen your dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear.

Another problem: You may clean your dentures less frequently if you don’t take them out at night. Lack of cleaning can encourage bacterial growth and lead to disease. Studies show that people who don’t take their dentures out at night have more dental plaque accumulation, gum inflammation and higher blood counts of the protein interleukin 6, indicating the body is fighting infection.

And that’s not just a problem for your mouth. Continuous denture wearing could make you twice as likely to develop life-threatening pneumonia as someone who routinely takes their dentures out.

These and other concerns make nightly denture removal a good practice for your health’s sake. While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them). You can then store them in clean water or a solution designed for dentures.

Having said all that, though, there may be one reason why wearing dentures at night might be beneficial—it may help prevent obstructive sleep apnea. If you have this condition, talk to your dentist about whether wearing your dentures at night has more advantages than disadvantages. And, if bone loss created by wearing dentures is a concern, it could be resolved by having implants support your dentures. Again, discuss this with your dentist.

Taking care of your dentures will help increase their life and fit, and protect your health. And part of that may be taking them out to give your gums a rest while you’re resting.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By JACKSON COUNTY DENTAL
March 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Different Types Of DenturesDifferent types of full dentures are available for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Full dentures are sometimes also referred to as complete dentures and can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. A dentist can recommend the type of full dentures most suitable for you. At Jackson County Dental, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe are your Seymour dentists for full dentures.

Full Dentures

Replacing missing teeth with dentures has several benefits. Not only can dentures help restore your smile, they also help restore normal biting and chewing functions. Additionally, dentures provide support for sagging facial muscles so the natural shape of the face is restored. Dentures can also improve speech by correcting placement of the tongue when speaking. If you are missing a full row or arch of teeth, full dentures can be used to replace those teeth all at once.

There are three main types of full dentures: immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. Depending on your situation and needs, you might temporarily start with one type of full denture and switch to another type later. Dr. Lane or Dr. Severe, your Seymour dentists, can discuss the different types of full dentures with you and fit you for the right type.

Immediate Full Dentures: This type of denture is typically only worn temporary until it is time to switch to conventional full dentures. Immediate full dentures are often used following extraction of teeth. The gums need time to heal following extraction so it is not possible to get a good fit with conventional full dentures right away. Immediate full dentures make it possible to restore your smile while the gums heal and you wait to be fitted for conventional full dentures.

Conventional Full Dentures: This type of denture is meant to be worn permanently. Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and conform to your mouth over time for a perfect fit. Once in place, conventional full dentures look like your natural teeth and can perform normal biting and chewing functions with ease.

Implant-Supported Overdentures: This type of denture is also meant to be worn long-term like conventional full dentures. Several dental implants, which are placed directly in the jawbone, are used to hold the dentures securely in place. The dental implants provide an additional level of stability and support for the dentures.

The different types of full dentures can help you restore your smile, as well as provide support for sagging facial muscles, restore speech, and make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions to resume. To find out which type of full dentures is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe, your Seymour, IN, dentists, by calling Jackson County Dental at (812) 522-8608.

By Jackson County Dental
January 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   Dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By JACKSON COUNTY DENTAL
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are missing any teeth, dentures can give you a complete smile and so much more. In addition to replacing missing teeth, dentures denturesalso restore normal tooth functioning, improve speech and restore a more youthful appearance by providing support to sagging facial muscles. Whether you are missing all of your natural teeth or just a few, there are different types of dentures that can help. At Jackson County Dental, your place for dentures in Seymour, IN, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe can determine which type of dentures are right for you.

Types of Dentures

There are many types of dentures, including partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are used when you still have some natural teeth along the top or bottom arch, or both. The dentures fit around the natural teeth so your smile will be a mix of natural and artificial teeth. Types of partial dentures include removable and transitional. Full dentures are used when no natural teeth remain. The denture contains a full set of teeth for the top or bottom arch. Types of full dentures include conventional, immediate and implant supported overdentures.

Benefits of Dentures

Whatever type of dentures are right for you, there are many benefits to getting dentures. In Seymour, dentures are available at Jackson County Dental. The dental staff there can explain the specific benefits dentures have for you based on your particular situation. The benefits of getting dentures include:

  • Replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
  • Improve self-confidence by regaining a full smile.
  • Restore normal tooth functioning, such as biting and chewing.
  • Improve speech by correcting tongue placement when speaking.

The benefits of getting dentures are numerous. Not only can dentures replace missing teeth and give you a full smile, but they can also improve speech and restore normal tooth functioning. For dentures in Seymour, IN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe by calling Jackson County Dental at (812) 522-8608.