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By Northside Family Dentistry
November 23, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Some primitive form of dentures can be traced back to as to early as 700 BC. While modern dentures have evolved considerably in the centuries since the Etruscans were using variations of human and animal teeth for their basic smile restoration needs, there is a reason why dentures have endured, and remain a staple of restorative dental care. The dentists at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA recommend dentures for men and women with various degrees of tooth loss because they are an effective and affordable option for restoring a damaged smile, and maintaining good oral and general health.

Get a New Smile in Macon, GA

In the past, tooth loss - and by extension dentures - have been considered a problem of old age. And while tooth loss does become more common over the age of 65, the fact is that no one is immune to losing teeth. Adults of all ages can benefit from dentures to replace missing teeth. As with all areas of dentistry, dentures have undergone many changes and improvements in fit and aesthetics in recent years. Modern dentures are so natural looking, that no one even has to know you're wearing them - unless you want them to!

Types of Dentures

The are two main categories of removable dentures - full and partial. Patients can choose from several options depending on the degree of tooth loss and individual preferences according to oral health and lifestyle needs. Northside Family Dentistry offers a range of denture options for patients of all ages and backgrounds:

  • Immediate dentures
  • Conventional full dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures
  • Transitional partial dentures
  • Removable partial dentures

Find a Dentist in Macon, GA

A good set of dentures can not only restore your smile, they can help to improve your quality of life. For more information, and to find the tooth replacement option that is best for you, contact Northside Family Dentistry by calling (478) 475-1976 to schedule an appointment today.

By Northside Family Dentistry
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are usually thought of as a last resort when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Traditionally associated with older patients denturesand a less than ideal fit, dentures have evolved with the times to offer a comfortable, natural looking, and stable smile restoration option for all patients, regardless of whether they identify as a Baby Boomer or Gen Xer.

Get a New Smile With Dentures in Macon

Although traditionally thought of as a disease of aging, periodontal (gum) disease, one of the most common causes of tooth loss, can (and does) affect men and women of all ages. In fact, gum disease and the resulting tooth loss in the absence of proper oral hygiene care can strike people as young as the 30s and 40s. Another common cause of tooth loss is traumatic impact from a car accident, fall, or sports injury, which can also happen at any age and tends to be common among younger patients.

The dentists at Macon, GA-based Northside Family Dentistry recommend dentures for a number of situations:

  • As a temporary solution after sudden tooth loss or extractions until the gums heal and are ready to transition to a permanent procedure like dental implants
  • As an alternative to bridgework to replace a few missing teeth
  • To replace an entire row of missing teeth on the upper or lower jaw
  • When all teeth need to be replaced

Just like every face and set of teeth are unique, dentures are custom made to match the look and feel of the natural teeth as closely as possible, and there are different types of dentures for every situation. Northside Family Dentistry in Macon offers several varieties of full and partial dentures including:

  • Immediate dentures
  • Conventional full dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures
  • Transitional partial dentures
  • Removable partial dentures

Find a Dentist in Macon, GA

Tooth loss is sometimes inevitable, but living with missing teeth and an incomplete smile is optional. For more information on modern dentures and to find the style that is right for you, contact Northside Family Dentistry by calling (478) 475-1976 to schedule an appointment today.

By Northside Family Dentistry
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you may believe you have no options left. However, you should not give up on your smile just denturesyet. Dentures can give your smile new life and allow you to eat and speak normally. Learn more about dentures with help from your Macon, GA dentist.

Types of Dentures

  • Complete Dentures: Complete dentures work best in situations where the patient has lost all of the teeth on an arch. A dental laboratory creates a full row of replacement teeth which rests on top of the gums.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures benefit patients who have one or more healthy natural teeth remaining. A partial denture uses these remaining teeth as an anchor, fitting over them and incorporating them into your new smile.
  • Immediate Dentures: Sometimes, patients must have their remaining natural teeth extracted before wearing dentures. In these cases, immediate dentures, created prior to the extraction appointment, fit over the gums after extraction. This allows the patient to enjoy their new smile immediately rather than waiting until their extraction sites heal.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants are often used to replace a missing tooth’s root. However, implants serve many purposes. A common use for dental implants is to support a permanent or removable denture. Several implants throughout the arch give the denture a foundation on which to attach, latching onto the implant to keep it into place.

Caring for Your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is as easy as adding a few extra steps to your oral care routine. To begin, remove your dentures and clean them thoroughly with a soft denture brush and denture cleaner. Brush your gums and any remaining teeth with a toothbrush at least twice daily. Floss any remaining teeth at least once a day to prevent decay. Soak your dentures overnight in denture solution or water and rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth in the morning. Be sure to see your Macon dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

A brand new smile is only one simple phone call away. For more information on the best kind of denture for you, please contact Dr. Clinton M. Watson and Dr. Nicole L. Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA. Call (478) 475-1976 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dentures today!

By The Place Where Smiles Are Made
July 08, 2015
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: braces  

Caring For Your Braces Proper oral hygiene is always essential for good oral health, but never is it as important--or as difficult--as when you have braces. Orthodontics may make your smile healthier in the long run, but they sure can make maintaining a healthy smile more difficult for Macon residents in the short term! Thankfully, good oral health is still possible. Here are three tips the dentists at Northside Family Dentistry Drs. Clinton M. Watson and Nicole Jackson, frequently recommend.

1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal and Snack

Braces provide plenty of places for food particles and bacteria to hide. If you aren't careful, this bacteria can quickly multiply, leaving permanent white spots on your teeth. Keep your teeth fresh and clean by brushing after every time you eat or snack.

2. Avoid Hard, Crunchy and Sticky Foods

Unfortunately, wearing orthodontics from Northside Family Dentistry in Macon often means giving up some of your favorite foods. Avoid hard or crunchy foods like peanuts, popcorn, chips and ice, as they can break your wires. Avoid sticky and chewy foods like gum, bagels and candy, as these can get stuck in between and on your teeth, where they can cause cavities and discoloration.

3. Use Special Floss

It's no secret that flossing with braces can be a bit of challenge. Thankfully, there are several products on the market designed to make this process easier. Instead of flossing with regular dental floss, pick up a floss threader, super floss or water floss. Each of these is specifically designed to help you clean out the small spaces in between your teeth.

Don't spend a year or two in braces, hoping to improve your smile, only to end up ruining your oral hygiene in the process. Use these three tips from Northside Family Dentistry in Macon to make your orthodontics experience as simple and beneficial as possible.