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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!...
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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!...
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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....
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All Posts:

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
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016




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