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By Dental Arts Of Dalton, PC
December 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Even though dentures are not real teeth, they still require daily care to maintain good oral hygiene and extend the life of your dentures. By cleaning your dentures daily and caring for them properly, you can enjoy the many benefits of dentures for years to come. If you are looking for a dentist to assist with obtaining or caring for your dentures in Dalton, GA, look no further than Dr. E Thomas Lewis at Dental Arts of Dalton.

How To Clean Dentures

Just like real teeth, plaque can form on dentures when they are not properly cleaned due to food debris and staining from acidic foods and beverages. Not only will daily cleaning of your dentures help to keep them white and bright, but it is also beneficial for the health of your gums and tongue.

Dentures in Dalton, GA, should be cleaned with a denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush every day. A regular toothbrush may cause damage to dentures, as the bristles may form small grooves that can collect plaque and other bacteria on the surface of your dentures. Similarly, you should not use conventional toothpaste to brush your dentures, as they may cause damage over time. With a denture brush, you should only need water to thoroughly brush your dentures and avoid any unwanted odor.

Rinsing your dentures with water after each meal will also help to keep them clean. In addition to brushing, you should also let your dentures soak in a cleanser solution each night so that they stay clean and do not dry out. Taking out your dentures regularly will also help to protect your gums over time.

Continued Oral Hygiene

It is important to continue oral hygiene routines even if you are using dentures. This means that your gums and tongue should still be brushed daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Continued use of mouthwash will also help to eliminate unwanted bacteria to keep your lips, gums, and tongue healthy. If you have partial dentures, your dentist will probably recommend continuing to brush your remaining teeth.

For more information on oral health habits or the care of dentures in Dalton, GA, please call Dr. Lewis of Dental Arts of Dalton at (706) 278-4254.

By Dental Arts Of Dalton, PC
January 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.

So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).

Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.

Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.

RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.

Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.

But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, 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 “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

By Dental Arts Of Dalton, PC
November 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Edentulism, the loss of all of a person’s teeth, is more than an appearance problem. As one in four Americans over 65 can attest, total tooth loss can lead to emotional suffering, social embarrassment and a lack of nutrition caused by limited food choices.

But there are solutions like the removable denture, an effective dental restoration for more than a century. In its current advanced form, the removable denture is truly a functional, affordable and attractive way to restore lost teeth.

Creating an effective denture begins first by taking detailed impressions of a patient’s gum ridges. We use the measurements obtained from this process to create a plastic resin base colored to resemble the natural gums.  Using old photos and other resources documenting how the patient looked with teeth, we choose the best size and shape of porcelain teeth and then position them onto the base.

Finally, we fine-tune the dentures the first time they’re in the patient’s mouth to make sure they have a secure fit and a balanced bite when the jaws come together. We also want to be sure the dentures are attractive and blend well with other facial features. The result:  a new set of teeth that can do the job of the old ones and look nearly as real and attractive.

Dentures, though, do have one major drawback: they can’t stop bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth. In fact, they may even accelerate bone loss due to the pressure they bring to bear on the gum ridges. Continuing bone loss could eventually cause their once secure fit to slacken, making them less functional and much more uncomfortable to wear.

But a recent innovation could put the brakes on bone loss for a denture wearer. By incorporating small implants imbedded at various places along the gums, a denture with compatible fittings connects securely with the implants to support the denture rather than the gum ridges. This not only relieves pressure on the gums, but the titanium within the implants attracts bone cells and stimulates their growth.

Thanks to this and other modern advances, dentures continue to be a solid choice for tooth replacement. Not only can they restore a lost smile, they can improve overall health and well-being too.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for missing teeth, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”