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By Northside Family Dentistry
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
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For centuries, people who've lost all their teeth have worn dentures. Although materials in today's dentures are more durable and attractive than those in past generations, the basic design remains the same — prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic or resin base made to resemble gum tissue.

If you're thinking of obtaining dentures, don't let their simplicity deceive you: a successful outcome depends on a high degree of planning and attention to detail customized to your mouth.

Our first step is to determine the best positioning for the prosthetic teeth. It's not an “eyeball” guess — we make a number of calculations based on the shape and size of your jaws and facial features to determine the best settings within the resin base. These calculations help us answer a few important questions for determining design: how large should the teeth be? How far forward or back from the lip? How much space between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are at rest?

We also can't forget about the artificial gums created by the base. How much your gums show when you smile depends a lot on how much your upper lip rises. We must adjust the base size to accommodate your upper lip rise so that the most attractive amount of gum shows when you smile. We also want to match as close as possible the color and texture of your natural gum tissues.

There's one other important aspect to manage: how your upper and lower dentures function together when you eat or speak. This means we must also factor your bite into the overall denture design. This may even continue after your dentures arrive: we may still need to adjust them while in your mouth to improve function and comfort.

Ill-fitting, dysfunctional and unattractive dentures can be distressing and embarrassing. But with careful planning and customization, we can help ensure your new dentures are attractive and comfortable to wear now and for years to come.

If you would like more information on removable dentures for teeth replacement, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”

By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures   Types of Dentures  

Dentures CoupleFind 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

Complete 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.

Partial 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.

Immediate Dentures

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.

Implant-Supported Dentures

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.

By Northside Family Dentistry
February 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
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You probably can’t remember a time without your teeth — and can’t imagine life without them. But now it’s a reality: one by one your teeth have become casualties in a long-standing war with dental disease until now they’re all lost.

Total tooth loss (edentulism) can be difficult in more ways than the loss of function — it can be psychologically traumatic as you must now transition from natural teeth to dentures or other restorations. To add to the stress, you probably won’t be able to obtain your permanent restoration immediately because the extraction sites must heal.

To help you with this transition and provide a means for you to have teeth during the healing period, we may fit you with an appliance known as an immediate denture. With these temporary teeth replacements, you can maintain your smile appearance, chew food and speak unimpaired.

Initially, immediate dentures should fit well, but over time your gums will tend to shrink as they heal. This can loosen the dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear. If the healing process is still ongoing and you still need to wear the immediate dentures, they can be relined with more denture material to fine-tune the fit.

At some point, though, we must consider creating a new, permanent set of dentures. When your mouth is fully healed, we can make a more accurate impression that we can then use to construct your new set. There are also other options, such as using dental implants to support a denture or a fixed bridge. This option will only be possible, however, if you have sufficient bone available to fully support it, which we might also be able to augment with grafting.

Immediate dentures serve a worthwhile purpose, but only for a temporary period. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you to help you find the right permanent solution that fits both your mouth’s condition and your financial ability.

If you would like more information on transitioning to teeth replacement, 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 “Immediate Dentures.”

By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dentures from your dentist in Macon, Georgia can make you smile again.dentures

If you missing teeth, it may be time to give yourself a whole new smile with dentures. Today’s dentures combine both strength and aesthetic beauty to make you smile again. You can look great and feel great again, all with the right denture. Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia want to share what dentures can do for you and introduce you to different types of dentures.

Modern dentures are created out of durable, long-lasting materials. They are created with aesthetics in mind and look more natural than ever before. There are many advantages to choosing dentures instead of going through life with painful, damaged, diseased teeth. Consider that dentures will:

  • Help you look younger by restoring the youthful contours of your face and your firm jawline
  • Help you chew your food better, which helps your digestion and general health
  • Help restore your self-esteem and self-confidence because you know you look great
  • Help you want to smile again and be more social

Choosing the right denture is an important decision and your dentists at Northside Family Dentistry can help. They offer several choices of dentures including:

  • Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction; with immediate dentures, you never have to go without teeth. A permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed.
  • Conventional dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed completely from dental extractions; with conventional dentures, you only have to get used to wearing one set of dentures.
  • Overdentures which are snapped in place over dental implants or retained tooth roots; with overdentures, you retain bone support and strength.

If you don’t need complete tooth replacement, you may want a removable partial. Consider:

  • Transitional partial dentures which you wear if you are planning on dental implants at a later date; transitional dentures are inexpensive but are not meant as long-term tooth replacement.
  • Removable partial dentures which are much more durable than transitional partials; removable dentures are made to last and are comfortable to wear.

Give yourself a whole new smile with the right denture! You can transform your smile and your life. Get back your self-esteem and confidence by giving yourself a new smile. It’s time to call Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, Georgia. Northside Family Dentistry is “the place where smiles are made” so call today!

By NORTHSIDE FAMILY DENTISTRY
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You may be discouraged by the appearance of your smile and feel like you want to just give up on it—especially if you have a lot of denutresmissing teeth. But dentures may help you regain confidence in your appearance. They will also give you back the ability to eat some of your favorite foods. Learn more about the benefits of getting dentures at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA.

Smile Problems Due to Missing Teeth
Though many people choose to live with their missing teeth, it is not advisable for a number of reasons. Here are a few small problems that can potentially develop after tooth loss:

- Food and bacteria can more easily get trapped between the teeth.
- Bad breath can become an issue.
- You might have difficulty chewing or pronouncing certain words normally.
- Bone tissue degrades.
- The shape of the chin and mouth can change (sag or droop).

New Hope with Dentures
A set of dentures can turn your smile around and improve your self-esteem in the process. There are three main types of dentures—partial, complete, and implant-supported. Partial dentures are supported by your remaining teeth. Complete or traditional dentures cover the entire gumline. Denture devices are designed by your Macon dentist to match the color of your gums and the normal color of your teeth.

Keep Your Smile Beautiful and Healthy
Once you have dentures, whether they are partials or complete, you must take very good care of your gums, any remaining teeth, and the denture device. Here are a few dental tips you should remember:

- Gently clean and soak the denture each evening.
- Use a very soft bristled brush to keep the gumline clean, and rinse with a mouthwash recommended by your dentist.
- Keep all remaining teeth free from plaque and immediately have any cavities filled.
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist if the denture slips or doesn’t fit comfortably.

Discover Dentures
You may discover that dentures are an ideal way to renew your smile and restore your ability to eat what you want, when you want. Call Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA at 478-475-1976 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton Watson or Dr. Nicole Jackson.