Tips For Eating With Dentures

Jul 20th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 20th, 2017

Dentures, like bifocals or wrinkles, are often seen as an inevitable part of the aging process, and eating with dentures can be a challenge for many people at first. The following tips can help to make the transition to wearing dentures easier.

The easiest way to feel comfortable eating with your dentures is to start off with a liquid diet, including soup, apple juice, purees, broth, scrambled eggs and cooked cereal until you are ready to move on to more solid foods. However, at first, you should cut any solid food into smaller and more manageable pieces. Your dentures should be more stable and therefore more comfortable, if you try to distribute food evenly on both sides of your mouth when chewing.

You may find that some foods taste different at first when eating with dentures, although this should improve over time. Your dentures mean that you won’t be able to accurately tell if food or liquid is extremely hot, so be extra careful with hot foods. You should also make a point of not holding liquid in your mouth longer than necessary before swallowing it; this can actually loosen your dentures. Try to take small bites, chew slowly and not gulp your food down.

Although you should be able to eat just about anything while wearing dentures, be careful when eating crusty breads, cereals, chewing gum, peanut butter, foods with small seeds, and sticky or hard candy. In general, try to avoid foods that are extremely sticky or chewy, or very hard, although denture adhesive can be useful for eating certain foods. Over 40 million Americans of all ages wear dentures, and if you are just joining them, it is important to understand that your life as you know it isn’t over – it may just take a little adjusting to.

Are You a Good Candidate For Dental Implants – Things to Consider

Nov 15th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Has a broken tooth got you down in the dumps? Dental implants are artificial teeth that are inserted into the jaw of a patient via an implanted screw. This screw behaves as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place and looks identical to your real teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution to a difficult problem and may be covered by dental insurance or company plans. So why go through life embarrassed by a broken tooth when dental implants are just a call away.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in replacing one or more broken teeth with dental implants? Here’s a few things to consider first. While the procedure is relatively simple to perform, there are several qualifications for patient’s to consider before taking the dive into dental implants.

A Good Candidate for Dental Implants Requires the Following:

  – Strong and healthy gums (Smokers are not preferred for dental implants, as smoking is detrimental to healing and may endanger a successful implant)

  – Good oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing twice daily.

  – A healthy bone mass in the jaw (Those who have lost bone within the jaw are still qualified to receive dental implants, but the jaw must be rebuilt first)

Qualities That Work Against Qualifying for Dental Implants Include:

  – Pregnancy

  – Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, or diseases involving the connective tissue.

  – People who have undergone radiation in the neck or head

  – Alcoholics

  – Jaw troubles. Youth’s whose jaws are still in the growing process. It is also recommended that excessive teeth-grinders or those taking steroids should avoid the dental implant process.

Are you a candidate for dental implants in the Ohio area? Come find out today and see how Easton Dentists can change your life, and your smile! With dental insurance and company plans available, there’s no reason not to call today at 614-414-0111 and schedule an appointment to get your implants started.

Dental Implants 101

Dec 1st, 2009
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to counter tooth loss. The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic dentistry, though it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well.

While you have several restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

The Dental Implants Procedure

Today’s dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration, which can take as long as six months. Once the implants have fully healed, your dentist can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown. However, if osseointegration does not occur, the implant will fail.

Preparing the Jaw for Implantation

A dental implant is commonly composed of a titanium material screw and a crown. A small-diameter hole is drilled in order to guide the titanium screw that holds a dental implant in place. To avoid damaging vital jaw and face structures like the inferior alveolar nerve in the lower jaw, a dentist must use great skill and expertise when boring the pilot hole and sizing the jaw bone.

Placement of the Implant

After the initial pilot hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow for placement of the implant screw. Following this placement, a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the implant site to heal and the dental implant to anchor. After several months, the protective cover is removed and a temporary crown is placed on top of the dental implant. The temporary crown serves as a template around which the gum grows and shapes itself in a natural way.