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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
September 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
DenturesStillanEffectiveRestorationforTotalToothLoss

After a long struggle with dental disease, you have finally lost the last of your remaining teeth.  Like over a quarter of Americans in their 60s and 70s, this unfortunate development can have a profound impact on your health and self-image.

While there are a number of advanced methods for replacing lost teeth, there's one tried and true option that's centuries old — the removable denture. It's the option millions of people have chosen to lessen the impact of missing teeth.

Fashioned properly, removable dentures restore the form and function you once had with your natural teeth. The prosthetic (false) teeth are precisely placed in an acrylic, gum-colored base that closely follows the contours of your gums. Because they're removable, they're fairly easy to clean and maintain.

They do have a disadvantage, though, and it's related to bone health after tooth loss. Like other living tissues, bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new cells form to take their place. The forces your teeth generate when you chew stimulate new bone growth. But without teeth to provide this stimulation, new bone won't keep up the pace of replacement at a healthy rate. As a result you may gradually lose bone, as much as a quarter of its normal width within a year of losing a tooth.

Dentures don't transmit any stimulation to the gum and bone from chewing. Furthermore, the compressive forces transmitted to the gum and underlying bone tissue contributes to bone loss. As the bone continues to diminish, your denture fit becomes looser to the point you will eventually need them relined with new acrylic material or have a new set made.

There is another alternative when patients loose all of their teeth: an implant-supported removable denture. Dental implants can be used to keep the dentures more secure and can also slow or even halt bone loss where the implants are placed. In this case we strategically place a few implants to serve as supports for a removable denture. The denture has connection points that join up with the implants to hold it more securely in place. As few as two implants are needed in the lower jaw, while the upper jaw does better with three or four implants.

Losing all your teeth can be traumatic, but there are effective ways to overcome it. With new technology, the traditional restoration of removable dentures may be the vehicle for achieving that.

If you would like more information on restoring missing teeth with dentures, 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
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 Northside Family Dentistry
September 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  
SleepinginDenturesDontDoIt

Maybe you don’t like to be without teeth — ever. Or maybe you get a little forgetful sometimes. Whatever the reason, if you’re wearing your dentures to bed at night, we have one message for you: Please stop!

Sleeping in dentures can have serious health consequences. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that nursing home residents who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 times more likely to be hospitalized or even die of pneumonia as those who did not sleep in dentures. But how can wearing dentures at night more than double your chances of getting a lung infection?

As the study noted, pneumonia-causing bacteria can readily be moved from the mouth to the lungs simply by breathing. And dentures that are not removed at night can become breeding grounds for all kind of bacteria and fungi (such as yeast). That’s what makes them potentially dangerous.

Another condition often seen in people who wear upper dentures continually is called denture stomatitis, which is characterized by a red, inflamed palate (roof of the mouth) that has been infected with yeast. The yeast microorganisms can also infect cracked corners of the mouth, a condition known as angular cheilitis. Moreover, it has also been shown that people who sleep in dentures have higher blood levels of a protein called interleukin 6, which indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Need we go on?

Wearing dentures is supposed to improve your quality of life, not reduce it. So promote good health by taking your dentures out at night, and sticking to a good daily oral hygiene routine:

  • Remove and rinse your dentures after every meal.
  • Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft toothbrush or denture brush and dish soap, liquid antibacterial soap, or denture cleanser (but don’t use toothpaste — it is too abrasive).
  • Store your dentures in water or a solution made for this purpose.
  • Brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (not the same one you clean your dentures with).
  • Rinse your dentures in clean water before you put them back in your mouth.

If you would like any more information on dentures and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.