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URGENT! What Prospective Denture Wearers Need to Know

URGENT! What Prospective Denture Wearers Need to Know

If your dentist has told you that you will soon need dentures, you probably have a lot of questions and no small number of fears.

You may worry that you will not be able to wear dentures and that without your natural teeth you will never want to open your mouth again. You may wonder if you can eat normally with an artificial appliance in your mouth, or that your smile will forever be diminished.

Those fears and misgivings are perfectly natural, but there is good news on the denture front. Compared to the old style dentures your parents and grandparents wore, modern dentures are far more comfortable, much more durable and better looking than ever before. The natural look of today’s dentures means that others may never know you are wearing them!

The Importance of Expert Fitting

While modern dentures are designed to mimic natural teeth almost perfectly, that does not mean that all dentures are created equal. You will still need a great dentist, one who understands how to fit your dentures properly.

In fact, you cannot overstate the importance of an expert fitting. If you want to retain your natural-looking smile, you will need to work with your dentist while he or she takes measurements of your mouth. You will need to point out any deficiencies or areas of discomfort, and you will need to be an active partner through the entire process.


Here’s a nice amateur video from John Cox recounting his experience with new dentures…


Proper Care and Maintenance

Getting your dentures is just the beginning – it is essential to care for your new teeth properly. Dental care is just as crucial for denture wearers as it is for everyone else, so be sure to talk to your doctor about how best to maintain them.

Dentures are softer than natural teeth, so brushing them with traditional toothpaste could result in tiny scratches that diminish your natural smile. Your dentist can recommend a quality cleanser explicitly designed for dentures so that you can care for them the right way from the start.


Here’s a great video from Howdini/Fixodent that teaches first-time denture wearers to get the most out of their new teeth.


 Regular Checkups and Adjustments

Once your dentures are in place, and you are comfortable with wearing them, you may think regular dental visits are a thing of the past. But if you want to keep your smile looking white and bright, you should follow up with your dentist and listen to what they have to say.

Regular checkups will still be important, even once you have your dentures in place. Your dentist can spot early warning signs of ill-fitting or misaligned appliances, and make adjustments to keep you comfortable and protect your oral health. So, do not wait until there is a problem – see your dentist regularly for follow-up fittings and necessary adjustments.

In a nutshell…

Being told you might need dentures can be disconcerting and even upsetting, especially for a young person. Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the help you need. Again, modern dentures are far better, easier to fit and much more durable than those made years ago. Just as importantly, current dentures are designed to look natural.

So don’t fear your dentures – just enjoy them!

Which Is Better: Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge?

Which Is Better: Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge?

When a healthy set of teeth loses one of its members, it can ruin the most perfect of smiles and hurt one’s overall appearance.

Luckily, there are two great options your dentist can rely upon: a dental bridge and a dental implant. Which is better? It really depends on a variety of factors. Keep on reading to better understand the differences between the two solutions, and what the right choice might be for you.

What are dental bridges?

A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis (false tooth or teeth) that is cemented to adjoining teeth or implants, and cannot be removed like a denture.

Why get a bridge?

There are many good reasons to install a fixed bridge…

  • Bridges provide stability by preventing adjoining teeth from migrating to a different position.
  • Done right, they’ll match perfectly with your natural teeth for a great look.
  • Bridges are a cost-efficient option compared with implants.
  • A bridge procedure takes less time than one for an implant.
  • Unlike with some dental implant patients, bone grafting to build up the jaw is not necessary for a fixed bridge.

What are the downsides to bridges?

Compared with dental implants, there are some limitations…

  • Bridges reside above the gum line and, over time, may acquire harmful bacteria underneath the prosthesis. Diligent oral hygiene and care by a dentist is crucial.
  • Wear and tear on the bridge’s metal parts may require replacement or maintenance more often than for an implant.
  • To do its job, a bridge relies on firm placement of adjoining teeth. If those teeth become loose, another solution will have to be found.

And dental implants?

A dental implant is a metallic screw or post placed into the jawbone, topped by a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that functions like a real one.

Why get an implant?

  • Implants are designed to give the jawbone stability without damaging teeth.
  • The crown is colored to match the rest of a patient’s teeth for a natural smile.
  • Implants are noiseless, unlike bridges, which have been known to make sounds from time to time as they move against the gums.
  • Bridges are often more noticeable than implants, so if you have a missing or damaged tooth near the front of the mouth, an implant may be the best option.
  • Implants help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating, since it prevents the bone and gums from shrinking due to the absence of a tooth.
  • Unlike a bridge, which needs to be replaced, implants can be expected to last a lifetime.

Dental implant downsides

  • Implants are typically much more expensive than a bridge, especially if more than one is required.
  • Implant surgery typically takes longer and requires several procedures to finish and can take months to heal, unlike bridges which rarely take more than a couple of weeks.

The bottom line…

Regardless of your choice, both bridges and implants can go a long way toward restoring your smile and making you feel comfortable with your teeth.

It’s important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of each procedure and to get as much information as possible.

It all varies from person to person, so be sure to consult your dental professional before any decision.

URGENT! What Prospective Denture Wearers Need to Know

URGENT! What Prospective Denture Wearers Need to Know

If your dentist has told you that you will soon need dentures, you probably have a lot of questions and no small number of fears.

You may worry that you will not be able to wear dentures and that without your natural teeth you will never want to open your mouth again. You may wonder if you can eat normally with an artificial appliance in your mouth, or that your smile will forever be diminished.

Those fears and misgivings are perfectly natural, but there is good news on the denture front. Compared to the old style dentures your parents and grandparents wore, modern dentures are far more comfortable, much more durable and better looking than ever before. The natural look of today’s dentures means that others may never know you are wearing them!

The Importance of Expert Fitting

While modern dentures are designed to mimic natural teeth almost perfectly, that does not mean that all dentures are created equal. You will still need a great dentist, one who understands how to fit your dentures properly.

In fact, you cannot overstate the importance of an expert fitting. If you want to retain your natural-looking smile, you will need to work with your dentist while he or she takes measurements of your mouth. You will need to point out any deficiencies or areas of discomfort, and you will need to be an active partner through the entire process.


Here’s a nice amateur video from John Cox recounting his experience with new dentures…


Proper Care and Maintenance

Getting your dentures is just the beginning – it is essential to care for your new teeth properly. Dental care is just as crucial for denture wearers as it is for everyone else, so be sure to talk to your doctor about how best to maintain them.

Dentures are softer than natural teeth, so brushing them with traditional toothpaste could result in tiny scratches that diminish your natural smile. Your dentist can recommend a quality cleanser explicitly designed for dentures so that you can care for them the right way from the start.


Here’s a great video from Howdini/Fixodent that teaches first-time denture wearers to get the most out of their new teeth.


 Regular Checkups and Adjustments

Once your dentures are in place, and you are comfortable with wearing them, you may think regular dental visits are a thing of the past. But if you want to keep your smile looking white and bright, you should follow up with your dentist and listen to what they have to say.

Regular checkups will still be important, even once you have your dentures in place. Your dentist can spot early warning signs of ill-fitting or misaligned appliances, and make adjustments to keep you comfortable and protect your oral health. So, do not wait until there is a problem – see your dentist regularly for follow-up fittings and necessary adjustments.

In a nutshell…

Being told you might need dentures can be disconcerting and even upsetting, especially for a young person. Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the help you need. Again, modern dentures are far better, easier to fit and much more durable than those made years ago. Just as importantly, current dentures are designed to look natural.

So don’t fear your dentures – just enjoy them!

Which Is Better: Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge?

Which Is Better: Dental Implant or Fixed Bridge?

When a healthy set of teeth loses one of its members, it can ruin the most perfect of smiles and hurt one’s overall appearance.

Luckily, there are two great options your dentist can rely upon: a dental bridge and a dental implant. Which is better? It really depends on a variety of factors. Keep on reading to better understand the differences between the two solutions, and what the right choice might be for you.

What are dental bridges?

A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis (false tooth or teeth) that is cemented to adjoining teeth or implants, and cannot be removed like a denture.

Why get a bridge?

There are many good reasons to install a fixed bridge…

  • Bridges provide stability by preventing adjoining teeth from migrating to a different position.
  • Done right, they’ll match perfectly with your natural teeth for a great look.
  • Bridges are a cost-efficient option compared with implants.
  • A bridge procedure takes less time than one for an implant.
  • Unlike with some dental implant patients, bone grafting to build up the jaw is not necessary for a fixed bridge.

What are the downsides to bridges?

Compared with dental implants, there are some limitations…

  • Bridges reside above the gum line and, over time, may acquire harmful bacteria underneath the prosthesis. Diligent oral hygiene and care by a dentist is crucial.
  • Wear and tear on the bridge’s metal parts may require replacement or maintenance more often than for an implant.
  • To do its job, a bridge relies on firm placement of adjoining teeth. If those teeth become loose, another solution will have to be found.

And dental implants?

A dental implant is a metallic screw or post placed into the jawbone, topped by a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that functions like a real one.

Why get an implant?

  • Implants are designed to give the jawbone stability without damaging teeth.
  • The crown is colored to match the rest of a patient’s teeth for a natural smile.
  • Implants are noiseless, unlike bridges, which have been known to make sounds from time to time as they move against the gums.
  • Bridges are often more noticeable than implants, so if you have a missing or damaged tooth near the front of the mouth, an implant may be the best option.
  • Implants help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating, since it prevents the bone and gums from shrinking due to the absence of a tooth.
  • Unlike a bridge, which needs to be replaced, implants can be expected to last a lifetime.

Dental implant downsides

  • Implants are typically much more expensive than a bridge, especially if more than one is required.
  • Implant surgery typically takes longer and requires several procedures to finish and can take months to heal, unlike bridges which rarely take more than a couple of weeks.

The bottom line…

Regardless of your choice, both bridges and implants can go a long way toward restoring your smile and making you feel comfortable with your teeth.

It’s important to understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of each procedure and to get as much information as possible.

It all varies from person to person, so be sure to consult your dental professional before any decision.

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John J. Kelly, DDS

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It's Wednesday 4:23 AMWe’re currently closed, but please do contact us online, or leave a message. We’ll reply quickly. Thank you!

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MEET DR. JOHN J. KELLY

Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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