Posts for: September, 2018
Find out which type of dentures that could help you get a full smile back.
If you are considering getting dentures to replace your missing teeth then you may be wondering if there are different kinds of dentures out there and which one is right for you. Our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson understand that you may have many questions regarding getting dentures and we are here to help. Won’t you join us as we tell you more about the types of dentures we offer?
Dentures are an oral prosthetic that contains multiple artificial teeth that sit on top of a plastic foundation designed to look like natural gum tissue. The most common types of dentures include:
- Complete/full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Immediate dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
As you might imagine, these dentures are ideal for patients who are missing a full row of teeth. These dentures are custom-made to sit right on top of the gums, forming a suction-like seal with the natural tissue to hold the dentures in place. If you’ve needed to have your teeth extracted, our Macon, GA, restorative dentist will want to wait several weeks (about 8 to 12 weeks) after the tooth extraction procedure before you can get your complete dentures.
Just as the name suggests, this type of dentures is best for patients who are only missing some of their teeth. In most cases, partial dentures contain clasps or metal attachments, which are secured to healthy neighboring teeth to hold the dentures in place. While dentures are often removable, in some instances a fixed partial denture (sometimes referred as a dental bridge) may be a better option for you.
As we mentioned earlier, you won’t get your permanent dentures right away if you’ve just had teeth extracted. After all, we will need to wait for the gums to fully heal first. Of course, we know that you can’t be without teeth, which is where immediate dentures come in. While they won’t be your new teeth for very long they will provide you with the teeth you need until your gums fully heal and your permanent dentures are placed. Of course, immediate dentures aren’t right for everyone, but we would be happy to discuss your denture options with you when you come into our office.
In this situation, dental implants are placed within the arches of the jawbone to provide a stable, strong foundation from which to secure your dentures. Implants are designed to last a long time and can prevent dentures from moving or shifting around while chewing or speaking.
Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, is ready to help you turn your smile around, no matter if you want to turn to dentures or other options to replace your missing teeth. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dentures.
Perhaps you haven’t thought of it quite this way, but saliva is one of the true wonders of the human body. This unassuming fluid performs a variety of tasks to aid digestion and help protect your mouth from disease. And you hardly notice it — except when it’s not there.
That’s the case for millions of people in America who have a chronic condition called xerostomia or “dry mouth.” This happens when the salivary glands don’t secrete enough saliva, normally two to four pints daily.
Of course, we can experience mouth dryness when we first wake up (saliva flow ebbs while we sleep), feel stressed, use tobacco, or consume alcohol and certain foods like onions or spices. It becomes a problem, though, when periods of low saliva become chronic. Without its preventive capabilities, you’ll be at much higher risk for dental diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
Chronic dry mouth can occur for various reasons: systemic diseases like cancer or autoimmune deficiencies can cause it, as well as radiation or chemotherapy treatments. One of the most common causes, though, is medication, both over-the-counter and prescription. The surgeon general identifies over 500 known drugs that may inhibit saliva production, including some antihistamines, diuretics and antidepressants. It’s often why older people who take more medications than younger people suffer more as a population from dry mouth.
Because of its long-term health effects, it’s important to try to boost saliva flow. If your mouth is consistently dry, try to drink more fluids during the day. If you suspect your medication, see if your physician can prescribe a different drug. It also helps to drink a little water before and after taking oral medication.
We may also recommend medication or other substances that stimulate saliva or temporarily substitute for it. Xylitol, a natural alcohol sugar that also inhibits bacterial growth, can help relieve dryness. You’ll often find it in gums or mints.
Chronic dry mouth is more than a minor irritation — it can lead to more serious conditions. In addition to these tips, be sure to also keep up your regular dental visits and maintain a daily schedule of oral hygiene to prevent dental disease.
If you would like more information on overcoming dry mouth, 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 “Dry Mouth: Learn about the Causes and Treatment of this Common Problem.”
When things get unpleasant in your mouth, it’s most often related to some underlying cause. In fact, the discomfort you’re feeling is often a call to action to have it checked and treated.
The American Dental Association recently surveyed approximately 15,000 U.S. adults about their oral problems. If you have any of the top 3 problems found in this survey, it could be a “warning bell” sounding in your mouth right now.
Here, then, are the top 3 dental problems in America, what they mean and what you should do about them.
#3: Tooth Pain. About a third of respondents (more among those younger or from lower-income households) indicated pain as a problem. As a warning sign of something wrong, tooth pain could be telling you that you have a decayed tooth, a gum abscess or something similar. The best thing to do is get a checkup as soon as possible. It’s unlikely that whatever is causing the pain will go away on its own and procrastination could make ultimate treatment more complex and difficult.
#2: Difficulty Biting. A slightly higher number of people named difficulty chewing and biting as their main oral problem. As with tooth pain, chewing difficulty causes could be many: cracked, loose or decayed teeth, ill-fitted dentures, or a jaw joint disorder (TMD). Again, if it hurts to chew or bite, see a dentist. Besides the underlying problem, chewing difficulties could also affect the quality of your nutrition.
#1: Dry Mouth. Chronic dry mouth garnered the highest response in the survey, especially among older adults. This is more serious than the occasional “cotton mouth” feeling we all experience—with chronic dry mouth the salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva to neutralize mouth acid or fight disease, thus increasing your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. It’s most likely caused by medications or systemic conditions, so talk with your dentist or physician about boosting saliva flow.