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Would you like to restore your smile and the shape of your face? Dentures are a great solution to accomplish this task, as they support the muscles in the cheeks and provide a more symmetrical facial appearance. Dr. Chanda Bennett of Bella Dentistry in Athens, GA, can help you explore your options to find the dentures that are best fit for you.
Once you get your new dentures, caring for them is easy. Here are a few tips from the American Dental Association to help you maintain great denture care:
- Rinse the dentures before putting them in your mouth.
- Avoid eating hard or sticky foods.
- Store your dentures in water to prevent them from warping.
- Brush your teeth with a denture cleaner or mild soap. This removes food and other debris that may stick to your dentures. Use a brush specially made for dentures when cleaning.
- Be sure to clean any mold that may grow on your dentures, as this can lead to stomatitis and irritation of the gums.
- Handle your dentures on a soft surface in case you drop them. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to get them replaced if broken.
Replacing Your Dentures
- Replace them if you've had them longer than five years.
- If your dentures crack, are unable to fit in your mouth, or do not match, see your dentist.
- Check your dentures for proper fit. There should be no structural damage to the denture.
- If you experience pain with your full or partial dentures, be sure to tell your dentist.
- Make sure to take your dentures out at night to allow the gums to rest.
With patience and practice, home denture care is simple. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chanda Bennett’s dental office at 706-546-7722 to see if dentures are right for you.
Think dental implants only replace individual teeth? Think again—this premier technology can also support other kinds of restorations to provide better stability and comfort. And, they also help improve bone health when incorporated with any type of tooth replacement options, especially dentures.
Although traditional dentures have enjoyed a long, successful history as a tooth replacement solution, they can interfere with bone health. That’s because regular dentures fit in the mouth by resting on the bony ridges of the jaw, which has implications for the bone.
As living tissue, bone goes through a growth cycle with older bone cells dying and dissolving and newer cells forming to take their place. The teeth play a role in this growth cycle — the forces generated when we chew travel up through the teeth and help stimulate bone growth. When teeth go missing, however, so does this stimulus.
Traditional dentures can’t replace this missing stimulus. In fact, the constant pressure of dentures on the jaw may even accelerate bone loss. A sign this is happening occurs when the dentures’ once tight fit begins to loosen and they become uncomfortable to wear.
Implant-supported dentures can help eliminate this problem. We first surgically place a few implants in the jaw, the number determined by which jaw (the lower requires less) and whether the denture is removable or fixed. If removable, the denture has connective points that match the implant locations — you simply connect them with the implants. If fixed, the denture is screwed into the implants to hold it in place.
So, how does this help bone health? For one, the denture no longer puts as much pressure on the jaw ridges—the main support comes from the implants. And, the implants themselves encourage bone stimulation: The titanium in the implant has a special affinity with bone cells that naturally grow and adhere to its metal surface. This natural integration between implant and bone can stop bone loss and may even help reverse it.
If you’re interested in implant-supported dentures, you’ll first need to undergo a full dental exam with your dentist. These restorations aren’t appropriate for all dental situations. But, if they can work for you, you may be able to enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported restoration.
If you would like more information on 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.”
Dentures are false teeth that are used to replace lost teeth. If you have missing teeth, wearing dentures will make speaking and eating easier and improve your smile. If you don’t replace missing teeth, the muscles in your face will sag. Dentures can help fill out your face. Led by Dr. Chanda Bennett, Bella Dentistry (located in Athens, GA) provides full service, state-of-the-art dental care to their patients. Read on to learn about the different types of dentures that are available.
Complete dentures are false teeth that are made and placed in your mouth after your remaining teeth are extracted and tissues have healed, which may take several months. Complete dentures are fitted into an acrylic base that's crafted to look like your gums. The upper denture features a plate, which covers the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is horseshoe-shaped and rests on the gum and bone tissues.
Partial dentures are made when there are some teeth missing. This denture replaces only the teeth that are missing. Partial dentures can be made from metal, plastic, or a combination of both. They usually have metal clasps which grip or rest on the teeth to hold the denture in place. It's important for your natural teeth to be in good health, to support partial dentures.
An immediate (or temporary) denture is a partial or complete denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of your existing teeth. Your dental care provider will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. An immediate denture will help protect your gums while you heal and make the transition to permanent dentures easier.
Today, more and more people are choosing implant-supported dentures as a solution for smile restoration. An implant-supported denture is supported by and attached to dental implants. Conventional dentures rest on the gums, and are not supported by dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are used when patients don't have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support dental implants.
If you want to get your smile back, call Bella Dentistry at (706) 546-7722 today to schedule a consultation in Athens, GA. Your success in wearing dentures depends on you! With a positive attitude, persistence and regular dental check-ups, you can become one of the millions of individuals who wear dentures successfully!
Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.
But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.
But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.
The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.
The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.
If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.
If you would like more information on implant-supported dental 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.”
Tooth loss affects 178 million Americans according to the American College of Prosthodontists, and 40 million are edentulous (no teeth). Tooth loss is a major reason why many patients decide to give up on their smiles. One way that your dentist at Bella Dentistry, LLC in Athens, GA, can help you is to create a custom fit denture device that you can wear throughout your day. Learn more about what is required to have a denture made and fit to your needs.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a dental device that provides you with a tooth replacement option. The “teeth” are made of ceramic or porcelain material that resembles white tooth enamel, and the pink “gums” are made of a similar plastic material. They slide over your remaining gumline, suctioning in place. Some dentures are partial devices that use metal frameworks to attach to your other teeth.
How Dentures Can Help You
The quality and appearance of dentures have improved significantly over the years. These are a few ways that getting dentures at Bella Dentistry, LLC in Athens, GA, can help you:
- They cover your gumline, protecting it from food particles and bad bacteria.
- They are relatively easy to clean, and can be soaked to eliminate bacteria-filled film.
- Dentures can be adjusted as needed to ensure an enduring fit.
- With dentures, you can resume eating normal foods so that you can get the right nutrition in your diet.
- Modern denture devices are very life-like and attractive.
Dentures Supported by Implants
Some patients have concerns about their dentures slipping out at embarrassing moments, such as when you’re eating or chatting with friends. It can sometimes be difficult finding the perfect fit. With dental implants, the denture will be secured in place so that it doesn’t shift. Implant-supported dentures (also called implant overdentures) will provide you with more functionality and comfort.
A Beautiful Smile Once Again
After tooth loss, it may seem like having a beautiful smile again is hopeless. Dentures can help you restore your smile and make you feel more confident in public. Call (706) 546-7722 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chanda Bennett at Bella Dentistry, LLC in Athens and Royston, GA.