Posts for: March, 2019
The population of the United States is growing, with over 40 million adults over age 65. A common health problem that seniors face is receding gums, which can lead to tooth loss if not treated properly. That's why many older adults wear dentures, in order to restore the function and appearance of their teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. You may require complete dentures when all of your teeth are absent, or partial dentures when some of your natural teeth are still in place. Dentures are removable for cleaning purposes, and also at night to allow your gums to rest and to have normal cleaning and stimulation by your saliva and tongue.
Who needs dentures?
Your gum tissue recedes as you age, which exposes the roots of your teeth. This makes them more susceptible to decay and infection. On average, people receive their first set of dentures in their mid-50s, and almost 50 million Americans wear some type of dentures.
Do dentures hurt?
Dentures might feel unusual in the beginning, but you will adjust to them in a few weeks. Your facial muscles or oral tissues will adapt, and your tongue will learn to keep them in place. Then your dentures should feel very comfortable. It’s not unusual to experience minor mouth irritation or soreness at first, and an increased flow of saliva. These problems will go away as you adjust. You will get used to eating with your dentures in a relatively short time also.
What are the keys to success with dentures?
It is vital to practice good oral care and visit your dentist for regular checkups. If you have any problems or concerns, be sure to consult your dentist so that your experience wearing dentures can be pleasant and you can maintain the best smile possible.
Contact our Daytona Beach dental office today to see if dentures are an option for you.
You’ve probably heard all your life about some foods that are bad for your teeth, but did you know there are other foods that are great for your oral health? Let’s learn about some food ingredients that will keep you smiling.
Full of vitamin D, which helps your teeth get the full benefits of calcium from foods that you eat.
Contain Sulphur compounds and lowers bacteria that leads to tooth decay.
High in fiber and vitamin C, these berries help keep gums healthy while scrubbing your teeth when you eat them.
Creates a natural mouthwash by increasing saliva production and providing citric acid. Also contains vitamin C and an enzyme called Bromelain, which promotes healing in your mouth.
Grain full of teeth-strengthening minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Scrubbing qualities reduce plaque, and calcium content aids your teeth.
Contain a sugar called Lentinan, known to prevent mouth bacteria.
Japanese horseradish containing compounds that hinder bacteria growth.
Has a blend of minerals that strengthen teeth.
A sugar substitute that prevents tooth decay, and is beneficial to gums.
Natural sweetener that doesn’t create acid on your teeth like sugar does.
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Dental implants have become a great solution for many people who have suffered tooth loss. Implants involve surgically placing an artificial root in your jaw to anchor a replacement tooth or crown. These are used to replace one or more teeth, and do not impact neighboring teeth. Now that dental implants have been used for some time in dental care, what is their success rate?
Studies show that dental implants are one of the most successful restoration procedures. There is a 95 percent success rate after five years for lower jaw implants, and 90 percent for upper jaw. This difference in success is likely due to the lower jaw being denser than the upper jaw, which makes it more difficult for the implant to integrate with the upper jaw bone.
A successful implant requires the patient, dentist, and oral surgeon to work together to create and follow a treatment plan. It’s important for this teamwork to continue after the implant and crown have been placed, so that the chances for success are best. You should consult with your dentist before getting implants to make sure you are a good candidate, because many failures can be avoided by making sure you have the best opportunities for success from the beginning.
After receiving dental implants, some of the reasons they may fail include:
- Implants sometimes break or fracture.
- Infection or inflammation in the gums or bone may occur.
- Implants may not integrate with the bone properly if the implant is not placed appropriately.
- Poor oral hygiene can lead to a condition similar to gum disease around the implant.
- Smoking can reduce the body’s ability to heal.
If you are carefully evaluated and determined to be a good candidate for implants, and if you follow the instructions for after care, you should be able to achieve the high success rates like most patients do.
To learn more about dental implants at our Daytona Beach dental office contact our office today to schedule a consultation.