How Dentures Can Improve Your Smile

If you have been living with a mouth full of badly decayed teeth, infected gums or painful tooth infections, your dentist may have talked to you about how dentures can transform your smile. While no one wants to extract all of his or her teeth and have no remaining natural teeth, if your teeth have been a source of pain and embarrassment to you for years, having a beautiful new set of dentures could sincerely change your life.

Dentures are very natural-appearing replacements for an entire mouth of missing natural teeth and gum tissue. Dentures are removable and can be cleaned thoroughly each day, unlike examples like dental crowns or dental bridges that are permanently affixed to your mouth.

Badly decayed teeth and other oral issues can lead to chronic pain that spreads from the mouth to other areas of the face, head and neck. This pain can disrupt your life, leaving you irritable and moody, causing you to isolate yourself. Pain medications can lead you to feel groggy or off-balance, affecting your interactions with others in a negative manner. Once those teeth are removed and any underlying infection is addressed, you will be shocked at how much better you feel. The absence of this once-ongoing pain will feel as though you are free of a great burden you hadn’t realized you were carrying.

Years of poor oral health might have left you unwilling to smile broadly, or to be uncomfortable in public speaking, laughing or eating and drinking. You may avoid friends and family and you might choose not to form new relationships easily. Once your damaged teeth have been removed and you have been fitted for dentures, you will be amazed at the “new you.” The bright, perfect white smile that greets you in the mirror may look like a movie star’s smile, but in fact, it’s your smile. With your new dentures, you can feel confident as you move through life.

If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you need dentures, contact our office today.

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Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Fresh by Cleaning Your Dentures Properly

If your dentures aren’t clean, neither is your mouth, and if your mouth isn’t clean, your breath will be off-putting to your friends, colleagues and family. Caring for your dentures properly can mean the difference between people wanting to get close to you and people giving you a wide berth.

Follow these simple tips to ensure that your oral hygiene is passing the important tests.

Clean your dentures properly each night. Dentures come out each night to let your gum tissue rest. Holding dentures all day is hard work, and your gums need a chance to relax. Overnight, the blood supply to the gums is restored, allowing a recuperation that protects bone and also the fit of your dentures. This time outside of your mouth is the perfect time for dentures to be cleaned thoroughly and properly.

Brush and rinse your full or partial dentures just as you would your natural teeth. Plaque can build up and food particles can begin to decay, causing bacteria and odor. This regular brushing can also prevent the development of permanent stains and discoloration over time. Clean each surface of the appliance gently and thoroughly, from the teeth to acrylic gum portion. Hard bristle brushes or aggressive brushing can damage your dentures.

Only use tools or cleaners that are specifically designed and recommended for dentures. If you are in search of a product, ask your dentist for a recommendation. Many toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that can damage your dentures. Never use bleach; it can discolor the pink portion of your full or partial dentures.

Be sure to store your dentures properly in a denture cleansing soaking solution or in water. They will distort and dry out if left outside of your mouth or some other moisture. Never put your denture into hot liquids or they might become extremely misshapen.

Follow these tips for keeping your dentures looking – and smelling – their best!   Talk to your dentist if you have additional questions.  If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you need dentures, contact our office today.

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Dental Implants and Diabetes

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants used to be considered a poor option for patients with diabetes. Fortunately for diabetics hoping to restore their smiles with implants, the surgery is no longer unavailable to them. If the patient meets the criteria as a good candidate for implants, and agrees to follow the post-operative care instructions, dental implants can be a successful treatment.

The problem is that implants and diabetes haven’t been a good combination when performed in patients who do not have their diabetes well controlled. When diabetes is uncontrolled, bacterial plaque can build up along the gums and cause oral infections. This may lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and bone deterioration. This has made implants risky in these patients, because the treatment fails if the jawbone can’t properly fuse with the titanium implant. Uncontrolled diabetes may prevent the bone from growing properly, causing loose implants that may fall out.

However, there is hope for diabetics who have their disease under control. Results from studies show that the success rate is nearly perfect for patients who have their diabetes in check before the implant surgery, and maintain control throughout the process. This gives them the best chance of the implant fully growing into the jawbone to provide a solid foundation for the crown. Taking antibiotics prior to treatment is also helpful to implant treatment success.

Following the dentist’s instructions for aftercare is also important. Avoiding infections after surgery is critical because that can create complications with a patient’s diabetes. Also, these patients are more susceptible to severe periodontal disease. Getting dental implants is definitely a viable option for diabetes patients who are committed both before and after surgery.


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Learning More about Dental Implants

dental-implantsTo improve the function and appearance of your smile, dental implants provide a great way to replace missing teeth. You no longer have to get a full set of dentures to restore your smile, especially when only a single tooth is absent. Learn more about this option for getting your oral health back.

Before the procedure
A thorough oral examination will be performed to ensure that you are a good candidate for implants. Your general health and age will be considered, since healthy and younger patients tend to heal more quickly than older people with health issues. Your jawbone will also be evaluated to make sure there is sufficient bone density to successfully attach the implant. Sometimes dental or orthodontic work is needed prior to performing the implant surgery.

During the procedure
Under local anesthesia, a titanium post is surgically inserted where the root of your original tooth was located. Stitches may be needed, as well as antibiotics to aid healing and avoid infection. It often takes weeks or even months for complete healing to occur before an artificial tooth is attached and shaped to fit perfectly. Eventually, the implant will attach to your jawbone and you won’t even know it’s there.

After the procedure
Since implants look and feel like your natural teeth, you should care for them in the same way. Regular brushing and flossing is recommended, along with a healthy diet that contributes to your oral health as well. With proper care, dental implants usually last from 10 to 30 years.

Schedule a consultation at our Shreveport dental office to find if dental implants are right for you.

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