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How to Adjust to a New Set of Dentures

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Front Desk
New denture adjustment is about patience. Many denture wearers will tell you to take it a bite at a time. Getting used to dentures is a steady process, so it is helpful to know how to grow into your dentures so to speak. Here are a few things to expect during the process. Adjusting to Dentures is Slow You will be instructed before you leave our office, especially on the first day, to start out by eating very soft foods such as mashed potatoes, pudding, and ice cream. You want food items that will be gentle on your gums and not make you have to chew. Doing this can help ensure to a great degree your adjustment to wearing dentures is much easier. For the next 14 days or so, while your mouth is still becoming used to the dentures, it is possible you will have some increased saliva or some sore spots in your mouth. It will be very helpful for you to rinse your mouth several times a day with a warm salt-water solution. If the soreness does continue past a few weeks, though, call us and ask for an adjustment. Be aware that an adjustment to dentures will be longer as well as healing time necessary if you had extractions or you have a full plate of dentures on your upper or lower teeth. After that, you will slowly begin to learn to eat and talk again, as having a foreign object in your mouth does make a difference to both of those. During this period, you should notice that your sores, if you had any, will start to disappear and you will be salivating less. It is during this period that it is best to start using a denture adhesive to help improve the feel and also the fit of your dentures. This will also help with your eating and talking and give you more self-esteem and confidence. We can recommend a good adhesive for you and one that is recommended and already tested by the ADA. After about a month you should be doing fine and able to do most all of your favorite activities again, including eating and talking with confidence, plus enjoying most any food that you want with no chewing problems or soreness. If at any time you are experiencing severe pain or having problems with your dentures, please call our office so that we can schedule you in. From there, an exam will tell us what type of treatment will help most....
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Ways of Properly Caring for New Bonding

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Front Desk
Getting dental bonds is like giving your teeth a new life. They are very easy to get used to and unlike dentures that take a while for your mouth to adjust, adjusting with the dental bond is instant. While this is amazing, people often forget that a bond is an alien object in your mouth and unless you care for it properly you will risk it coming out. Although a dental bond is strong, you might have to make certain changes to your eating habits so your mouth adjusts to the bond. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Maintaining The Bond A dental bond sticks to your tooth well, but when you eat something sticky, it could come out along with sticky substance. One of the most common examples is chewing gum. If you are habituated to chewing gum and you recently got dental bonding done, you may want to stop the habit if you want the bond to last long. While chewing gum may not take out the bond instantly, regularly chewing it will loosen the bond and it will eventually fall out. You may also want to avoid really hard foods like walnuts or raw vegetables like carrots using the bonded tooth. You can always cut the vegetables into smaller pieces and use your other teeth to chew it. You may also want to avoid taking big bites since this risks pulling out the bond. Eating something that may require you to bite hard or pull while eating could result in the bond loosening and coming out. You should also ensure that you do not brush your teeth too aggressively as this may compromise the bond. While it is important to clean your teeth well, you should ask our experts what kind of toothbrush is best suited when it comes to cleaning your bond. It's best to avoid a hard toothbrush so that your bond is not damaged. If you are looking to get a dental bond then speak to our experts today to clear all your doubts....
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What to Expect Following the Placement of a Dental Crown

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Front Desk
A dental crown (also called a dental cap) is a tooth-shaped cap used to cover a patient's actual tooth. Crowns are used for a wide variety of reasons, including to treat weak/decayed teeth, restore broken teeth, hold a dental bridge in place, to cover misshapen/discolored teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. The placement of a crown usually requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. During the first visit, you will receive an oral exam, then be prepared and fitted for your crown. At the next visit, additional prep work might be necessary before the crown is placed. Once it has been fitted, you will probably ask what to expect in the long-term. What to Expect with a Crown? A well fitted and placed crown should look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. It might take a few days to get used to the crown, so don't be overly alarmed if it feels a little awkward. However, there should not be any pain. If there is pain, let us know at once so this can be addressed. You want to make sure your bite patterns and pressure feel normal as this means the crown has been correctly placed. Once the awkward sensation passes, note how your mouth feels when you are eating or even speaking. You don't want to feel a cap on your tooth or teeth. If the biting and chewing feels completely natural, you will have a reduced risk of damaging the crown. When your bite isn't properly aligned, you can chip or crack the crown, but the additional pressure can affect the gums. This pressure contributes to tenderness, inflammation, and possibly even gum infection. If your crown feels noticeable or even worse, you are in pain, please give your office a call to identify and correct any problems you may be dealing with....
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All Posts:

How to Adjust to a New Set of Dentures
8/24/2020
Ways of Properly Caring for New Bonding
8/10/2020
What to Expect Following the Placement of a Dental Crown
7/23/2020
Reasons to Consider Upgrading Your Dentures This Year
7/7/2020
Dentures Can Be a Great Option, Even if You Are Young
6/22/2020
Tips for Caregivers Helping Someone with Dentures
6/8/2020
How Guided Tissue Regeneration Can Restore Your Gums
5/29/2020
What Are the Most Common Sources of Dental Pain?
5/15/2020
:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures
4/20/2020
Questions Most New Denture Wearers Ask Us
4/10/2020
Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
3/20/2020
Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
3/10/2020
How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
2/20/2020
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?
2/10/2020
How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
1/20/2020
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
1/10/2020
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
12/20/2019
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
12/10/2019
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016
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