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If you’ve been evaluating different tooth replacement options, you’ve probably noticed that there are a variety of different treatments available. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace teeth, while dental bridges are kept in place because they are anchored to adjacent teeth. Dentures on the other hand sit on top of existing gum tissue. A flexible, custom-fitted acrylic gum form keeps your dentures in place.

Because dentures sit on top of the teeth and are removable, they require some denture-specific cleaning in order to keep them fresh. By following some basic denture hygiene tips you can enjoy functional, beautiful dentures for years to come. Here are some cleaning tips our O’Fallon dentures dentists generally recommend:

Remember to Rinse

Make sure to rinse your dentures after eating and anytime you’re about to put them back into your mouth.

 

Keep Your Gum Tissue and Natural Teeth Clean

After you take out your dentures, take the time to clean your mouth as well as your dentures. Brush your gums and oral tissues to remove and debris that might have been trapped by dentures during the day.

 

Soak Dentures

You should be cleaning your dentures with a dental cleaner at least once day—giving them a good scrub with a soft-bristled brush. It is equally important that you then soak your dentures in specially formulated dentures solution. The exception is dentures with metal parts that could corrode—your dentist will give you special instructions to clean metal dentures.

 

See Your Dentist!

Semi-annual regular professional cleanings will keep your mouth and natural tissues clean and healthy. These cleanings are also an ideal time for your dentist to assess the fit and functionality of your dentures.

 

By following a few simple rules you can keep your dentures clean and comfortable for years to come. Give our O'Fallon dentures dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment—(636) 614-1217.

When a patient loses a tooth, it’s important to replace the tooth quickly both for aesthetic and health reasons. My patient Tony knows this all too well. Seven years ago, Tony lost a tooth in an accident. He procrastinated on getting treatment, and eventually he found that that he was suffering the consequences.

A missing tooth destabilizes the entire structure of the mouth and neighboring teeth. When a patient loses a tooth, the resulting hole in the jaw bone can actually cause the bone to disintegrate and neighboring teeth may shift around. Over time this can lead to a host of very serious health problems, not to mention many patients end up hiding their smiles from the world.

One tooth replacement option—dental implants—aims to combat these problems head on.  Dental implants are titanium rods that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They fill the hole left by a missing tooth, and thanks to a process called osseointegration, the titanium actually bonds with the natural bone. Consequently, dental implant roots provide a stable foundation for the porcelain crown that is attached on top.

Dental implants are unique among tooth replacement options because they actually mimic the natural structure of teeth. The titanium rod serves as the tooth root—maintaining bone strength and density. Dental implants are easy to care for, patients simply brush and floss normally. Additionally, dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option—with diligent care they can last for up to twenty years.

Although it’s important to replace teeth for aesthetic reasons, it’s equally important to maintain the health of your overall smile. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists have helped numerous patients enjoy healthy smiles even after the trauma of tooth loss. Tony was able to benefit from dental implants after having some reconstructive surgeries. Now he can enjoy his favorite foods again—and he promises that he will never put off necessary dental care again! If you have any questions about tooth replacement options please give our O’Fallon dental implant dentists a call at (636) 614-1217.

First of all, welcome to the new dental blog for the O’Fallon Dental Partnership! I will be updating this blog as a way to keep in contact with our patients and people looking for additional information on dental services. These blog posts will explain advances in dental technology, and keep you up to date on what’s happening in our practice. Check back often for new content and to see my answers to many common dental questions.

This inaugural blog post is inspired by a talk I had recently with one of my patients—Cheryl. Cheryl had suffered for years with teeth that were stained and discolored from tetracycline. When a child with developing adult teeth uses the antibiotic tetracycline he or she can develop dark, stained permanent teeth. This type of staining is notoriously difficult to treat—tetracycline stained teeth are resistant to many conventional forms of teeth whitening and bleaching.

Cheryl wanted to revitalize her smile and whiten her teeth, so I told her she could be a good candidate for dental veneers. Because tetracycline stains are permanently embedded in the dental enamel, Cheryl assumed that she didn’t’ have options for whitening her teeth. However, our O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentists revitalized Cheryl’s smile with stunning porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are affixed directly to the dental enamel. They are incredibly versatile, and can be used to fix a variety of cosmetic problems. Porcelain veneers mimic the aesthetic of natural enamel—they refract and reflect light like real teeth do. Consequently, patients end up with brilliantly white, natural-looking teeth.

Cheryl was thrilled with her results—she now has a smile that she’s proud to show off! Tetracycline stained teeth can negatively affect a patient’s self-esteem. If you or someone you know is living with these unsightly stains, please know that our O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentist Office can help you. Give us a call if you have any questions or you’d like to discuss teeth whitening or veneers in more detail—just call (636) 614-1217.

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