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How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
Posted on 8/20/2019 by Front Desk
Dentures open up an entirely new way of life for millions of people every year. Prosthetic teeth allow you to speak, eat and smile normally and with confidence. They require proper care and regular checkups in our office, and occasionally, they may even require adjustments and repairs. Why Adjustments? It may be easy to see why you may need to have your dentures repaired, perhaps you broke a tooth, bring your dentures into our office and we will repair them for you. Do not attempt to repair them at home; this can lead to ill-fitting dentures and even more problems. But why might your dentures need adjustments? When you first get your dentures, you have to relearn how to eat with them, but if you notice later on that eating and chewing has become difficult again, you may need to have your dentures refitted. Believe it or not, the shape of your gums changes over time and this can lead to your dentures feeling like they just are not fitting quite like they used to. By making an appointment with our office, we can examine your dentures and your mouth and find what the issue is. Discomfort with dentures is not normal. While they may never feel as comfortable to you as your natural teeth, you should not experience pain, pressure, soreness or irritation from your dentures. If you do notice pain, especially when you are biting down, you need to call our office right away. Adjusting your dentures is a relatively simple process that we offer, and it is not the same as replacing your dentures. Remember to care for your dentures daily by brushing and cleaning them and storing them in water overnight. This will help reduce your risk for gum disease and also prolong the life of your dentures. Call us today if you think you may be due for an adjustment!...

Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
Posted on 8/10/2019 by Front Desk
Generally speaking, your dentures should stay in place in your mouth. A thin layer of saliva between your gums and the dentures causes a suction that keeps them in place. However, you may feel insecure relying only on suction to keep your dentures where they belong. In that case, we can help you find an adhesive that works for you. First Things First Before you rush out to buy an adhesive for your loose feeling dentures, you need to call our office. Over time, dentures can shrink or warp, or your jaw shape can change, and this can cause your dentures to feel like they are slipping or loose and ill fitted. A quick checkup with our office can help us ensure that your dentures are not in need of adjustments. If everything is in good shape, and you simply need a little more security, you have several options. Cream adhesives are the most popular kind of adhesive. They come in a variety of flavors and strengths and you can choose one according to your preference. The only drawback to a cream adhesive is that it can be difficult to completely clean your dentures of residue. We recommend brushing them thoroughly every night prior to soaking them overnight to ensure you remove the adhesive. Powdered adhesive is easier to clean than cream, and it reacts with your saliva to ensure a tight fit. Some patients do not like the texture of a powdered adhesive and may look for other alternatives like pads, strips, liners or even a liquid adhesive. Dentures can take some getting used to, and your needs may change over time, so please do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns you may be having, especially if you notice that your dentures are not fitting properly. We look forward to working with you!...

How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Front Desk
Suffering from TMJ pain can be quite an ordeal. From headaches to pain in the joint itself, TMJ conditions are really no fun. The good news is that there are things you can to do help ease the pain, particularly if you are missing one or more of your teeth. The Link Between Your Teeth and TMJTo understand how to manage your TMJ pain, you need to understand how your jaw works. As you chew your food, drink fluids, or even speak, your jaw opens and closes thousands of times a day. In a normal mouth, the teeth help align the movement of the jaw and prevent it from closing incorrectly. However, if you are missing any of your teeth—even if it is just a few of them—you may find yourself developing TMJ pain. This is because of the vital role the teeth can play in assuring the correct function of your TMJ. Managing Pain by Replacing Missing TeethGiven the link between properly positioned teeth and the joint where the jawbone meets the skull, it stands to reason that replacing missing teeth can bring real relief from TMJ pain. As the joint begins to operate correctly once again, you will find that you experience relief almost immediately. Because of this, even if you don't feel that you need to replace your teeth for purposes of chewing or speaking, you may want to consider replacements if you are suffering from TMJ pain. Even if you do not yet have any TMJ pain, there is a very good chance that it will develop if your bite is not aligned properly, so consider replacing your missing teeth as a pre-emptive method of managing TMJ pain. Remember, you only get one TMJ, so be sure to take care of it as best you can....

All Posts:

How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
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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