As a Patient of Dentures Alaska, Do I Still Need to Worry About Gum Disease?

Gum Disease Dentures Alaska

It’s common for dentures wearers to allow their oral care to go by the wayside. It’s very common in full denture wearers, but it can even happen with partial denture wearers. The idea is that, since the person’s natural teeth are gone, regular oral care no longer applies. We urge all of our patients – full and partial denture wearers – to continue to care for their remaining teeth and gums just as they would if they had all of their natural teeth.  We encourage regular brushing, flossing – if possible – and rinsing to keep bacteria at bay. Not caring for your gums can lead to gum disease and that can lead to bad breath, pain and the need to spend more money. Do I have your attention yet? I hope so. Here are those three consequences once again in a little bit more detail, as well as the actions you can take to can keep them from effecting your life.

Bad Breath

Gum disease is caused by bacteria camping out on and inside of your gums. These bacteria feed on the sugars of the foods you eat and oftentimes use sulfur instead of oxygen to thrive and breed. These sulfur consuming bacteria end up creating nasty smelling compounds that can then be smelled on your breath. If you want to avoid offending everyone you speak to at close distances, keep your dentures clean at every opportunity and brush your gums and rinse according to your Dentures Alaska doctor’s recommendations.

Denture Pain

While the bacteria may feel like they’re having a grand old time, the result of their thriving and eating could have devastating effects on your gums. The bacteria secrete an acidic compound that can cause your gums to become red and inflamed and this can cause pain whenever your dentures are worn. Then, if that happens, and you try to eat with your dentures in, you could really find yourself in a world of hurt. By keeping your mouth free of bacteria and your gums free of disease, you will keep your dentures comfortable and eating will be a breeze.

The Need to Spend More Money

Gum disease can not only cause your breath to smell bad and your gums to become inflamed, but they can cause your dentures to become useless. If your gums and jawbone begin to recede due to gum disease, you may have to be fitted for a new denture, or your old pair may need to be adjusted. This is just a warning that not caring for your gums can have drastic consequences on your pocketbook and lifestyle if you’re not careful.

And I don’t want to scare you, but gum disease can eventually lead to coronary and artery disease, as well as heart attack and stroke.

Just make sure you always keep your mouth clean and you will avoid experiencing any type of gum disease. Then your breath will always smell great, your dentures will always fit as intended and you’ll save money all because you listened to your Dentures Alaska doctor and took good care of your oral health.

You’re Never Too Young for Dentures

Never Too Young for Dentures AlaskaIt’s a common misconception that dentures are only for people of advanced age. It’s easy to see why this thought is so prevalent. Dentures are primarily marketed towards the older generations and it is a fact that many elderly people wear dentures on a regular basis. But there is no rule that says that you have to be over a certain age to be a good candidate for dentures. It’s not uncommon for twenty-somethings to need dentures, and some thirty and forty year olds are sporting dentures as you read this right now.  The fact is, if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dentures from Dentures Alaska are an excellent alternative to tooth loss. You can eat normally, speak as you usually do and people might even tell you that your smile is contagious when you smile with dentures. So whether you’re in your teens, twenties, thirties or any number beyond, you may be a perfect candidate for dentures. Here’s how to make absolutely certain.

Come in for an Examination

Whether you have already lost all of your natural teeth or you have a dental extraction scheduled, we urge you to come into Dentures Alaska prior to your appointment to see dentures will indeed be a good option for you. We can also answer any questions you might have and alleviate any of your concerns. We want you to feel good about your decision to wear dentures and we will do what we can to make the experience as worry-free as possible.

Once You Get Used to Your Dentures

As with anything new, wearing dentures will take some getting used to. But rest assured, once you get used to them, cleaning them and taking care of them will become like second nature. You won’t even feel like you’re wearing them half the time. You will be able to eat the foods you enjoy, smile and it certainly won’t be noticeable that you’re wearing dentures. Your speech and appearance may even improve.

The point is, even if you consider yourself to be too young for dentures, the decision to wear them may be the perfect one for you and your lifestyle. To schedule your initial exam to see if dentures are indeed right for you, contact Dentures Alaska to get the process started.

5 Types of dentures and exciting facts about them

Congratulations on your decision to get a new set of dentures! Dentures are one of the most economical ways to replace all of your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile, but did you know there are several types of denture treatments to choose from? Knowing what options are available can help you make the best choice for the future of your smile.

Partial Dentures

Rather than replacing all of your teeth at once, partial dentures allow you to replace only the teeth that are missing, when other healthy teeth are still present.

Cosmetic Dentures

Rather than covering your entire arch, the partial clasps around other teeth to hold it securely in place. This limits the amount of material that is used for the appliance, making it feel smaller in the patient’s mouth. Continue reading

Surprising facts about types of Dentures and their cost – FAQ included

Dentures have completely transformed over the past decade. In addition to traditional full dentures, patients now have options like implant-supported dentures. Traditional dentures are held in place using natural suction between the prosthesis and the oral tissues. Implant supported dentures (also called “All on 4 dentures”) are much smaller appliances that are permanently held in place by dental implants. By expanding the types of dentures available, patients have a wider range of treatment choices, affordable care, and expectations regarding their care.

Dentures Types and FAQ

Traditional dentures continue to remain the most economical choice when it comes to replacing all of their teeth at one time. A full acrylic denture that fits properly will stay in place without needing to use any type of adhesive. If the denture does not fit properly, it may need to be adjusted or have a new liner made. Wearing your denture overnight may cause it to lose it’s fit before it’s supposed to. Continue reading

13 ultimate Denture FAQs answered

Want to know more about getting dentures? A new dentures patient is sure to have plenty of questions about the types of procedures, cost, length of treatment, and more. At Dentures Alaska we want all of our patients to understand the entire treatment process, because it helps us provide better care.

Dentures FAQ

Here are some of the most common FAQ that our new patients ask us when they’re considering denture therapy.

1. Are there different types of dentures to choose from?

Yes! From full dentures that replace all of your teeth, to partial dentures that replace only a few teeth, there are several different kinds of dentures to choose from. Some are removable while others are permanently supported by implants. Continue reading

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

So you’ve completed your denture treatment! Getting used to your brand new smile can take some practice, but knowing the right steps to follow can help ensure an easier transition to becoming a successful denture patient. Learning to use and wear your dentures doesn’t happen overnight, but with patience and the right home care, you’ll be glad you made the investment in your smile.

New Dentures Adjustment

The first step to becoming accustomed to your dentures and getting them to feel as comfortable as possible, is wearing them frequently. While this may seem difficult in the beginning, it’s an important step to take. Continue reading

Sleep Apnea and Dental Appliances

Sleep apnea is a condition that prevents a person from getting a full night’s sleep. The person actually stops breathing several times throughout the night. This causes the person’s body to essentially think that it is suffocating and the person wakes up – over and over again.

Sleep Apnea and Dental Appliances

This can cause irritability, a lack of focus and a whole host of other problems due to lack of proper rest. For those sleep apnea sufferers who can’t tolerate the CPAP machine, we recommend the use of special dental appliances. Continue reading

Periodontal Disease May Affect More Than Just the Gums

It turns out that brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings can do more than save your teeth; it can also save your life. According to Sally Cram, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association, “There are a lot of studies that suggest that oral health, and gum disease in particular, are related to serious conditions like heart disease.” Continue reading

Implant Retained Dentures

Even if dentures are molded to your mouth and even if the adhesive you’re using is considered extra-strength, your dentures can still move around or, gulp, pop out at exactly the wrong time. For that reason we offer our patients implant-retained dentures, which offer a more permanent solution to denture wearing.

Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are anchored to your jaw through the use of dental implants. The implants themselves look like tiny rods that are surgically placed into your jawbone. We tend to place implants in the front part of the jaw, as that is the section of the jaw that has the most bone mass with which to hold the implant in place. When you lose teeth, you also lose bone; but even if you’ve been missing teeth for some time, we can still usually find enough bone in front to keep your implant-retained dentures in place. Continue reading

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation dentistry is very helpful for patients who need a little help relaxing during a dental visit. Some dental practices call this type of dentistry ‘sleep dentistry’, but it doesn’t actually put you to sleep. The primary thing I want you to remember about IV sedation dentistry is that it’s relaxing and it will make the worst fears you feel about the dentist just melt away.

No Worries

This is the main reason we use IV sedation dentistry. When a patient is apprehensive about a procedure, it can cause undue stress on the patient’s body and this can complicate procedures in some cases. We want you relaxed without a worry in the world and that’s exactly what IV sedation dentistry provides. You’ll be conscious, able to answer to commands and such, but you won’t even care that the procedure is going on.

What Procedure?

Another benefit to IV sedation dentistry is that it will cause you to forget the entire thing. For this reason, it will seem as though time flashes before your eyes. This is perfect for those patients who are so afraid of the procedure that they would rather not know what went on.

Safe, Painless and Effective

IV stands for intravenous, which means we administer the sedation drugs directly into your veins. While this does require the use of a needle, we use a numbing agent on the skin to make sure you don’t feel it. The drugs we use are tested and approved and incredibly safe for use by patients.

 No More Gag Reflex

A big benefit for the dentist it that the patient’s gag reflex diminishes because of the effects of the drugs used in sedation dentistry. This can lead to shorter appointment times and more effective procedures, all while the patient is able to cooperate and work with the dentist until the procedure is finished.

There are many benefits to IV sedation dentistry and this type of sedation can help you get through your next dental procedure if it’s something that you’ve been dreading. To learn more about IV sedation or to inquire about receiving IV sedation dentistry at your next appointment call or come by Dentures Alaska anytime you’d like.