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Did you Know?
– Brenda has been with us the longest! She worked for Dr. Bietz for 32 years and has been with Dr. Smith ever since.
– Loves gardening, cooking, and being outdoors
– Is an avid gym rat (look at those muscles)
– Enjoys spending time with people
– Would love to travel to London
Happiest of Birthdays Brenda, we sure love having you here and appreciate all you do of us!

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The Importance of Removing Your Denture Out at Night

Dentures have come a long way. Today, they’re more comfortable, more secure, and more lifelike. But one thing hasn’t changed: Dentures still require regular care and cleaning. And one of the best things you can do for both your dentures and your health is to take them out at night when you go to bed.

 

Modern dentures are often so comfortable to wear, it’s easy to forget you have them in your mouth. But setting a daily habit of taking them out when you turn in for the night will help you avoid a few potential problems.

 

Denturists advocate the removal of standard dentures during the night. Their recommendations are designed to protect your oral health. They also seem to extend the life of your removable dentures in healthy conditions.

 

The daily withdrawal time recommended by denturologists varies between 6 and 8 hours. The gums and mouth can rest and stay healthy. Also, this period allows you to ensure the hygiene of your dentures. It is possible to clean and soak them to remove stains and bacteria during your sleep period.

For one, wearing dentures 24/7 can increase your risk for both oral and general diseases. Constant denture wear can cause greater accumulations of dental plaque, a thin biofilm responsible for gum disease and inflammation. The increase in bacteria could also make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other diseases.

 

Problems with tissues and bones

 

Wearing your dentures non-stop can also worsen bone loss, a common problem associated with dentures. Normally, the biting forces generated when we chew stimulate bone growth in the jaw. A person loses much of this stimulation when they lose teeth, resulting in gradual bone loss.

 

Dentures can’t replace this lost stimulation, and the pressure they exert on the jaw’s bony ridges they rest upon can accelerate the process of bone loss. In time, any bone loss could affect the denture’s fit as the bone beneath them gradually shrinks. By taking them out at night, you can help slow the pace of bone loss.

 

Poor oral hygiene

 

During the night, we swallow less often. Saliva that seeps under the dentures remains trapped. The bacteria accumulate under the prostheses. Food debris can also be collected there. 

 

The constant wearing of the removable dental prosthesis can cause inflammation of the gums and tartar on the prostheses. The tartar is then impossible to remove, becomes hard and apparent. In such a case, consultation with a denturologist is necessary to remove this tartar. 

 

Denturists recommend that you remove your removable denture at night, as this allows your gums to stay healthy. Also, you benefit from better oral hygiene, and your prostheses remain in better condition. 

 

In addition to giving them and your mouth a rest at night, be sure you’re also keeping your dentures clean: Take them out and rinse them off after meals and brush them with a small amount of antibacterial soap (not toothpaste) at least once a day. And don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) to further reduce dental plaque.

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How Does a Bad-Fitting Denture Affect You?

As people age, their dentures don’t change, but their mouths do. If you have false teeth, they should fit and you should be wearing them. Proper care and regular dental visits are important factors for keeping your mouth healthy and your dentures in good shape.

 

There are some people who have extremely poor-fitting or poorly made dentures and are hoping for help. There are many problems with badly fitting dentures, so let’s talk about the most common issues.

 

Problems From Poor Fitting

 

With age, the gum ridges in our mouths can shrink, causing dentures to become loose. Bone can also shrink, causing jaws not to line up properly. Loose or ill-fitting dentures can cause sore spots in your mouth as well as stomach problems from not being able to chew food properly. A loose denture could also cause changes in your facial features.1

 

When Do Dentures Need to Be Replaced?

 

If your dentures are in a drawer because they just “don’t feel right”, they are loose or make sore spots in your mouth, you should see a dentist to have them evaluated and possibly adjusted, relined or remade. If the teeth in your dentures are considerably worn out, talk to your dentist about having some new ones made.

It is also important to continue with regular dental visits to make sure your teeth are fitting properly as well as to be examined for any signs of oral cancer. Your dentist can tell you how often you need to come in for check-ups.1

 

Why You Shouldn’t Repair Dentures Yourself?

 

When a dentist repairs or adjusts dentures, he uses dental materials that are made specifically for dentures and only available to dentists. Over-the-counter products usually contain chemicals that will actually harm your dentures and cause greater damage. Only your dentist should adjust or repair your dentures.1

 

Caring for Your Dentures

Proper care can keep your dentures and your mouth in good shape. You should brush your dentures every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food and plaque. The same goes for your gums and tongue. When you are not wearing your dentures, they should always be kept in water (not hot) or in a denture solution recommended by your dentist.1

 

Caring for Dentures Is Easier Than You Think

 

People with poorly fitting dentures are also likely to suffer from a reduced quality of life and possibly reduced self-confidence. This is because they are sometimes unable to eat in public, so their social life deteriorates, they are embarrassed to talk and smile, and they have difficulty eating and chewing.

 

All these problems can be improved by either new better-fitting dentures or implants. So, if you are experiencing any issues, don’t leave it too late! Get in contact with us, as we can certainly help. Common problems with ill-fitting dentures:

 

  • Dentures move when you talk, smile, and eat
  • Cannot eat certain foods
  • Sores in the mouth, and it hurts to eat
  • Teeth may be getting loose
  • Breath smells
  • Bad taste in the mouth

 

It’s pretty tough getting used to a plastic plate in your mouth. There will always be a learning curve in getting used to anything new in your mouth, but let us help you by making things a little easier. 

 

Don’t Forget to Smile!


With proper care and regular dental visits, your dentures should fit well and stay in good shape for a long time. Your dentist will let you know when they need to be replaced. In the meantime, take care of your dentures, visit your dentist regularly and get out there and smile.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Smith!

  • He loves being a dentist! He truly enjoys doing dentistry and says he has the “best job ever”
  • Last year he became a first time Grandpa!
  • His next big dream is to become a Pilot
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What Do You Know About the History of Dentures?

Today, dentures come in a wide range of styles and types. They are more durable and truly customizable depending on each individual’s needs and are more flexible and lifelike than ever before.

With dental implants and implant supported dentures entering a new world of tooth replacement dentistry, patients are looking forward to a life with dentures that won’t slip or shift out of place and can support a natural looking smile they won’t have to think twice about. This wasn’t the case many years ago!

A Brief History of Dentures

Dental care can be traced back to thousands of years in human history. To learn about the first recorded pair of dentures, you’ll have to travel back in time to 700 BC (the time of ancient Romans). They fabricated false teeth from . . . well, other people’s teeth, or even animal teeth.

Over the course of history humans have used dentures to restore the function and appearance of their smile. Dentures have helped to make people feel more confident about their smile, and to improve their ability to chew and speak normally. Here’s more about how dentures began and how they have improved since those early days:

  • The Earliest Dentures – Way back, around 700 BC in northern Italy, people constructed dentures out of a mixture of human and animal teeth.
  • Dentures in the 1700s – By the 1700’s, dentures were being carved out of elephant, hippopotamus, or walrus ivory. These dentures were a popular way to replace missing teeth for those who could afford them. Rumour has it that George Washington had some of the highest quality dentures available in his time. It is believed that his dentures were made from carved hippopotamus ivory embedded with a collection of donkey, horse, and human teeth. 
  • Dentures in the 1800s – Claudius Ash created 18-karat gold plates inlaid with porcelain teeth for his wealthy clients in the 1800’s. Later in the century, Ash went on to create more affordable dentures made from hardened rubber with porcelain teeth. 

Dentures Today

Denture technology has certainly come a long way since those early days! Today’s dentures provide wearers with a more natural look, feel and function than ever. Affordable and natural looking materials such as acrylic resin or porcelain have replaced the animal teeth and gold plates of the past.

There are three major types of dentures in use today:

  • Complete Dentures

These are what you might imagine when you think of dentures. They are attached to a base and then to the gums. They replace your complete set of teeth giving you the ability to chew food seamlessly.

  • Partial Dentures

If you’re missing teeth in a certain area, such as the back or front of the mouth, partial dentures will replace only those. They can replace any number of teeth you need, even if the missing teeth aren’t next to each other.

  • Implant Supported Dentures

Rather than simply resting on the gums, these dentures are physically attached to the bone in the jaw for a more permanent feel.

Find the Right Fit

Tempe Family Dentistry recommends that you only visit a doctor experienced with dental implants. Getting the perfect fit isn’t easy, but when you find it, it can truly be life-changing.

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How Do You Treat Denture Stomatitis and Why Do You Get It?

Denture stomatitis is characterized by inflamed, puffy, red tissue that follows the outline of a denture or other dental appliance that rests against the oral mucosa. Sometimes the swollen tissue is accompanied by pin-points of bleeding. Fortunately, denture stomatitis is not life-threatening or a condition that can be passed onto others.

Denture stomatitis is a very common condition. So much so that it is not unusual for patients to have it without even realizing it. In fact, patients are often taken by surprise when a dental professional talks to them about having denture stomatitis during a routine oral exam. Since many patients are completely asymptomatic, they fail to understand the importance of changing their routine even after diagnosis. Read on to learn about the causes of denture stomatitis and more.

Denture Stomatitis a Fungal Infection

Denture-induced stomatitis is the result of a yeast infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans, an opportunistic fungal pathogen found as part of the normal microflora in the human digestive tract. This variety is one of approximately 200 different species of Candida. Candida albicans account for up to 75% of all Candida infections. It is the same fungus that also causes thrush.

How Common Is Denture Stomatitis?

Candida is present in everyone’s mouth, and it usually causes no problems. However, it’s the overpopulation of Candida in the mouth that actually causes the symptoms of denture stomatitis. Epidemiological studies report the prevalence of denture stomatitis among denture wearers ranges anywhere from 15% to over 70%, depending upon the age of study participants. Elderly patients and nursing home patients tend to have a higher incidence of the condition.

Who Can Get Denture Stomatitis?

Anyone who wears dentures, partials, or orthodontic retainers where a portion of the oral tissue spends the majority of the time covered by the dental appliance can experience denture-induced stomatitis.

Patients with underlying health issues such as medication-induced dry mouth, diabetes, or immune suppression (i.e., cancer patients) have an increased susceptibility to opportunistic fungal overgrowth.

What Are the Causes of Denture Stomatitis?

Candida species seem to have a particular binding affinity to the rough acrylic surfaces of dentures. In addition, dentures that don’t fit properly can cause trauma that damages the tissue, making it more prone to infection.

Poor hygiene –– not removing all of the bacteria and debris formed on denture and tissue surfaces with daily brushing –– allows the normal fungus to multiply and get out of control. Finally, wearing dentures 24/7 dramatically increases the risk of contracting denture stomatitis.

How Do You Treat Denture Stomatitis?

Primary denture stomatitis treatment involves the removal of dentures while sleeping and thorough cleaning of the dental appliances using a mechanical means to completely eliminate plaque and debris build-up.

For long-standing cases of denture stomatitis, the dentist may prescribe topical antifungal medications to apply to the denture-fitting surface and the oral mucosa. Oral antifungals can offer temporary relief of symptoms and reduce fungal count, providing an environment for the tissue to heal.

The best way to prevent denture stomatitis is to make removing your dentures before you go to sleep a habit. Your oral mucosa needs to be exposed to the air and to saliva that helps wash away bacteria and reduces the number of normal fungi present in your mouth.

Your dentures are a breeding ground for microorganisms and must be cleaned daily. The best way to accomplish this is to use a soft-bristle denture brush with liquid soap or a paste made especially for cleaning dentures to mechanically remove plaque and film that can lead to stomatitis.

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Is It Possible To Remove Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a wonderful invention that can replace one or more missing teeth. Many patients opt for implants instead of using partial dentures, as it has less impact on their lifestyle. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient may end up in a position where removing implants in favour of dentures is a better option, whether that’s through further tooth loss or from implant related problems. 

 

This may leave patients wondering ‘can dental implants be removed?’, and how long the healing process will be. To help give you an idea on the types of situations that would warrant an implant removal, we’ve taken a look at common dental implant problems below.

 

Can dental implants be removed? Why would someone want to remove dental implants?

 

Most often, a dentist may suggest removing a dental impact if has failed to take to the gums properly, known as ‘dental failure.’ There are a few reasons this might happen, with most common being the following:

  • Peri-implantitis

 

Peri-implantitis is one of the most common implant related problems, and is likely to occur in patients who smoke, have bad oral hygiene, or diabetes. Peri-implantitis is caused by a buildup of bacteria and can affect both the soft and hard tissue surrounding the implant.

  • Dental implant misalignment


If your dental prosthetist hasn’t put the dental implant in correctly, it can cause the implant to protrude and the metal part to become visible. Aside from the aesthetic concerns, it can cause problems with your bite and jawbone such as pain or reabsorption. Luckily, dental implant misalignment can be fixed by a highly trained prosthodontist.

  • Your body has rejected the foreign material

 

There’s always a chance of side effects occurring when something foreign is introduced to your body. Although its unlikely for your body to reject dental implants, given they’re made from metal, it’s still possible for rejection to occur. If this does happen, a patient will likely experience pain and discomfort, and have visible redness surrounding the gums.

  • Nerve damage

 

If your implant has been fixed too close to your nerves by an inexperienced dental implant dentist, it can end up causing nerve damage. A patient experiencing this may have numbing, tingling or pain in the lips, gums, cheek, or tongue.

 

What is an early implant failure?

 

An early implant fail refers to an implant failing within the first few months of placement. This is also known as the ‘failed osseointegration’ period, which is the process of the implant anchoring to the gum. This can take several weeks to settle and can fail if there has been too much movement during the healing process.

 

What is a late implant failure?

 

A late implant failure can occur up to a year after placement, and can be caused by infection, force, or the implant coming loose naturally.

 

Can dental implants be removed and replaced with dentures? Yes, but your mouth will need time to heal before you start using dentures. If you originally started out with one implant or more but are now in a situation where full or partial dentures is a more viable option, your implants can be removed. A dental prosthetist may suggest implant retained dentures (a denture that can slide on and off four dental implants) or can remove existing implants if you’d be more comfortable wearing a denture. 

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How Should Removable Dentures Be Cleaned?

Removable partial or full dentures require proper care to keep them clean, stain-free, and looking their best. For good denture care and to maintain good oral health, you need to care for complete and partial dentures as carefully as you would look after natural teeth. Proper denture care is important for both the health of your dentures and mouth.

 

It’s important to maintain good oral health by keeping your dentures, any remaining natural teeth, and mouth clean. Like natural teeth, dentures attract plaque, can stain and collect food particles that cause bad breath and irritate gums.

 

If you are wearing removable dentures as substitutes for your missing teeth, you should know that they are designed to fit snugly in your mouth. Like your natural teeth, you should keep your dentures clean and maintain them properly to prevent damage or fungal infection. Below are some tips on how to take care of it.

 

  1. Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles. You may want to place a towel on the counter or in the sink or put some water in the sink so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.

 

  1. Handle your dentures carefully. Be sure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.

 

  1. Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth (palate). If used, remove any remaining denture adhesive from your gums.

 

  1. Brush your dentures at least daily. Remove and gently clean your dentures daily. Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove any remaining adhesive. Don’t use denture cleansers inside your mouth.

 

  1. Soak dentures overnight. Most types of dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight. Check with your dentist about properly storing your dentures overnight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning and soaking solutions.

 

  1. Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions can contain harmful chemicals that cause vomiting, pain, or burns if swallowed.

 

  1. Schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist will recommend how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, and also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy.

 

  1. See your dentist if you have a loose fit. See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores, and infection.

 

There are also things you typically should avoid:

 

  1. Abrasive cleaning materials. Avoid stiff-bristled brushes, strong cleansers, and harsh toothpaste, as these are too abrasive and can damage your dentures.

 

  1. Whitening tubes of toothpaste. Toothpaste advertised as whitening pastes often contains peroxide, which does little to change the color of denture teeth.

 

  1. Bleach-containing products. Don’t use any bleaching products because these can weaken dentures and change their color. Don’t soak dentures with metal attachments in solutions that contain chlorine because it can tarnish and corrode the metal.

 

  1. Hot water. Avoid hot or boiling water that could warp your dentures.
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Will Dentures Change the Shape of Your Face?

Dentures can definitely change the shape of your face. When you get new dentures, you might notice that your entire facial appearance changes. This is common, but it’s not always good. But if you’ve been missing teeth or dealing with bad, ill-fitting dentures, the change may be for the better. A well-designed, custom set of dentures will restore your face to its proper proportions, providing you with a more youthful appearance. 

 

Sagging Face

 

Many people will put their new dentures in and notice that they now have a sagging face. This is especially true if you are getting your first set of dentures replacing your natural teeth. Most dentures, especially economy dentures, don’t adequately replace the lost height of your natural teeth.

 

This means that you now have a smaller face than you used to have, but the same amount of skin, fat, and other tissues, which now sag and hang down.

 

Puffy Lips and Cheeks

 

In some cases, your dentures may be too big. They can be too wide and make your mouth look bulky. For most people, dentures will feel big, but it’s only on rare occasions that they look too big, though it does happen.

 

You can also get puffy lips and cheeks if your dentures don’t fit together properly. If you have a bad bite because of your dentures, it can push your jaw forward or to the side, causing your jaw to look out of place and your cheeks and lips will look puffy.

 

Sunken Lips

 

Tissues that don’t sag downward will fold inward when there’s too much of it, including your lips, which will tend to sink in, giving your face a hollow appearance. Sometimes, your lips may not even close properly, causing leakage at the corners, leading to cheilitis. And, no, facial exercises won’t prevent this.

 

Witch’s Chin

 

Sagging chin, also called witch’s chin, is caused by changes in the jawbone due to wearing dentures. As the jawbone loses volume, the muscle attachments of the jaw change, resulting in less bulk in the chin area, and more sagging.

 

Crooked Jaw

Dentures that are not fitted properly can cause your jaw to tilt to one side, called a cant. Initially, this can’t be noticeable, but it’s not just a visible problem. It’s related to the forces of chewing, so as your dentures wear down, the tilt will become even more noticeable.

 

Rejuvenated Appearance

 

But the changes in your appearance don’t have to be bad. Dentures can make a positive change in your appearance, too. Where you used to have sagging or folding tissues, properly fitting dentures can provide adequate support to your jaw, cheek, and gums. Properly proportioned dentures can take two decades or more off your appearance.

 

The Importance of Denture Fittings

 

Oftentimes, denture patients are able to do a try-on before their dentures are finished. This allows them to see what their smile will look like and allows them to make changes before the final dentures are complete. Communication with your dentist is essential when it comes to getting exactly what you want in a denture. They’ll work with you in creating a custom-made denture that matches your mouth and face.

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What Should You Do If You Have Bridge Sores?

It’s perfectly normal to feel a little “teething” pain when you’re getting used to new dentures. Remember how much you hated going to school those first few weeks? But, instead of giving up and sleeping in, you went to school every morning and learned how to read properly! What we’re trying to say is that the beginning is always the hardest, but with time it always gets better. 

You may have sore or sensitive gums until you get adjusted, but the good news is you can ease the discomfort. Read on to learn about why you get denture sores, how to heal denture sores, and how you can prevent sore gums. 

What Causes Denture Sores, Pain and Discomfort?

So what is the reason behind denture sores and denture irritation? Most of the time, any pain or discomfort is due to new or badly fitting dentures. New dentures may need some time to adjust to, so a little irritation is perfectly normal. Poorly fitting dentures – ones that are loose or don’t fit properly –can cause the denture to rub the gums or even cut into the gums, and it’s something you can easily fix with the help of your dentist. Sometimes you may even have sore gums from partial dentures. 

Another reason for sore gums could be due to food particles getting stuck between your gums and your dentures. You may also have sore gums due to a build-up of bacteria, which can happen when you don’t clean your dentures properly. You can also prevent food from getting between the denture and gum line with a denture adhesive, like Fixodent, which can help prevent sores due to rogue food particles. 

What Are the Symptoms of Denture Sores?

It might seem obvious that the main symptom of denture sores is, well, sore gums. This soreness might be localized in different areas though, for instance you may have denture sores on the roof of your mouth, or just around where your partial is located. You might feel a little irritation, soreness, discomfort, or even pain. 

Are There Any Home Remedies for Denture Sores?

Is there anything else you can do to make life with dentures easier? Yes, there are a few little home tricks that may help reduce denture discomfort, however always consult your dentist for advice before trying any home remedies.  

  • Rinse your mouth with salty water.
  • Use pain relief medication. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relief to help reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort.
  • Remove your dentures overnight. Taking your dentures out for the night gives your gums a chance to breathe and relax a bit.
  • Soak your dentures overnight. Put your dentures in a denture cleaning solution or water to soak. 

How Can I Prevent Sore Gums From Dentures?

They say prevention is better than a cure, and the same applies to sore gums. There are some measures you can take to prevent denture sores

  • Remove your dentures overnight. 
  • Clean your dentures daily. Remove any food particles so they won’t irritate your gums, not to mention regular cleaning can also help remove tartar from dentures. 
  • Eat soft foods. If you have new dentures, you can ease into them by starting with soft foods. 
  • Avoid sticky food. Although you can eat anything with dentures once you’re used to them, you can avoid sore gums or even ease any irritation by avoiding sticky food. If you’re new to dentures, you can see the best foods to eat for new denture wearers. 
  • Use denture adhesive. A denture adhesive, like Fixodent, can help prevent gum pain as it prevents food particles from getting between the gums and dentures. It also keeps the denture in place to stop it from moving and irritating your gums, providing your denture is fitted correctly.
  • Avoid triggers like hot, spicy, acidic or salty beverages. Food and drink that’s too hot or spicy can irritate denture sores more. 

Life with new dentures is not always easy, especially when you’re struggling with denture pain and soreness. The good news is that it’s easy to treat sore gums from dentures with a well-fitting denture, a little adhesive and by getting started with the right foods. In no time, wearing dentures will be comfortable, secure, and you’ll be back to enjoying life with more bite. 

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