Rough Dentures Aren’t a Mistake

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Published on: April 5, 2012

First-time denture wearers often ask, “Why are my dentures rough?” The inside part of a denture that fits against the gums is made to fit snugly against the hills and valleys, or nooks and crannies, of your gums. Because dentures are designed to be held in place with natural suction, they may appear rough, but it’s actually custom-fitted to be a mirror image of your gums for maximum contact and adhesion.

That said, when a denture is first inserted, you should expect an adjustment period of about two weeks. There will be some sore areas to be adjusted during that time.  New denture wearers should expect several weeks to become accustomed to the fit and feel of wearing dentures. If you are past the adjustment period and begin to experience new soreness or lack of stability of the denture, your denture may need to be relined.

Denture Relining

Over time, dentures will lose their initial snugness. This occurs when the ridges of the gums wear down and bone density decreases. To re-fit a denture, the denture is relined. With a lower denture, relining is required almost every two years. An upper denture requires relining less frequently. (more…)

Periodontal Disease and Dental Implants

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Published on: April 5, 2012

According to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If you’re considering dental implants to replace your lost teeth, ironically the very condition that caused you to require implants may prevent their long-term success. In order for your dental implants to anchor into your jawbone and stay in place, you must first ensure that your periodontal disease is under control.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis or gum disease, is an infection or inflammation of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. These supporting tissues consist of the gums, tooth sockets, and periodontal ligaments. Gum disease often begins with bacterial plaque, a sticky, naturally-occurring substance that collects on the teeth. When plaque is not properly cleaned from the teeth, it hardens into a substance called tartar. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums and contribute to infection. Bacteria eat away the bond between teeth and gums and create pockets at the gum line, where they live and breed. If left untreated, periodontitis can destroy more supporting tissues and even infect the jawbone which leads to bone deterioration, loose teeth, and tooth loss. (more…)

Do Dental Implants Work for People over 70?

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Published on: April 2, 2012

Some mature patients resign themselves to a life of poorly-fitting dentures because they think they are too old for dental implants. While some health conditions and lifestyle factors can prevent the success of dental implants, age is never a deterrent. If you are in reasonably good health and can tolerate other dental procedures without complications, implants are a viable choice for you.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who has lost one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants, but some factors may affect their long-term success. These factors include but are not limited to uncontrolled diabetes or excessive use of alcohol or tobacco. Dr. Seal will obtain a complete medical history at your initial consultation to determine if any current health conditions make you a poor candidate. If you have oral health issues, such as cavities or gum disease, Dr. Seal will treat the problems before you have dental implants placed. If you do not have sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants, he may recommend bone grafting procedures to build up your jawbone. (more…)