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No Magical Age When Dentures Are Necessary

No Magical Age When Dentures Are Necessary

There is a common misconception that everyone will need complete dentures at some time in their lives.  I really believe that this belief is passed down from generation to generation.  Grandma and Grandpa had dentures “all their lives,” then Mom and Dad had dentures “all their lives” and so I know that I'll need dentures at some time.  The fact…

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Rejuvenation of Old Dentures May Be Possible

Many denture wearers avoid seeking care from a dentist when they have sore spots or their dentures feel loose. This is why there is a booming multi-million dollar denture adhesive market, with over-the-counter makeshift products that promise to solve all denture problems to no avail. In my opinion, denture wearers do not seek appropriate dental care because they assume that…

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Why Don’t You Want Me To Leave My Dentures In At Night?

Why Don’t You Want Me to Leave My Dentures in at Night?

A commonly accepted recommendation in years past was that denture wearers should wear their dentures 24/7. In theory, dentures would fit better in this way. However, today we know that this probably is no longer the correct approach--with few exceptions. Dentures are prosthetics that are usually made of plastic. This is a foreign material in the mouth, and the skin…

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Witch’s Chins Only For Halloween

Witch’s Chins Only for Halloween

Chances are, you can spot denture wearers all around you—even without going to dental school.  You know what I’m talking about…. The older gentleman in church who has huge bright, white, straight teeth on the upper arch with what appears to be nothing on the lower arch; the little old lady in the garden club who doesn’t smile and looks…

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How Do You Fix A Cavity On A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

How Do You Fix A Cavity on A Tooth That Supports A Partial?

    One of the most difficult challenges that dentists must face is the task of retrofitting fillings and crowns to an existing removable partial denture.  For those who do not wear partials, a partial denture grips natural teeth with cast metal clasps.  Sometimes, these teeth break or develop tooth decay before the partial needs to be remade.  However, it is…

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Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need A Reline When I Just Got My Dentures A Year Ago?

Cosmetic Dentistry | Why Do I Need a Reline When I Just Got My Dentures a Year Ago?

On average, dentures should be replaced approximately every 7 years, and after approximately 1 year for an immediately placed "treatment denture."  When a patient wears complete dentures, supporting bony ridges are subjected to unnatural forces that contribute to rapid loss of bone.  Therefore, the fit of the denture changes rapidly.  Secondly, ill-fitting dentures cause even more damage to supporting bone as…

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Why You Need To Have Your Dentures Evaluated

Why You Need To Have Your Dentures Evaluated

By. Dr. Kevin Huff The number of people who wear complete dentures has been steadily declining over the past few decades. One report suggests that only about 3% of adults will be missing all of their teeth by 2050. However, the fact remains that many people today still need quality denture therapy because they lost their teeth in yesteryear when…

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George Washington’s Dentures

George Washington’s Dentures

Were George Washington’s teeth really wood? Actually, George Washington’s teeth probably were not wood, but the artificial gums that held them probably were. Varying stories exist, but the one that I think is probably the most accurate is that George probably had hand-carved wooden denture bases that had the teeth of dead battlefield corpses screwed into them. Yep, prior to…

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Why Do I Have To Take My Dentures Out At Night?

Why Do I Have To Take My Dentures Out At Night?

Why do I have to take my teeth out at night? I’ve always worn my dentures to sleep. Your gums, or periodontia, are made of bone, nerves, arteries, veins, connective tissue, and skin. The bone was created and engineered to support natural teeth, which are held in by millions of tiny “cables”. These cables, called the periodontal ligament, suspend each…

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