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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
June 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

If you wear dentures or are thinking about getting dentures, it’s important to know how to care for them in order to protect your investment. Choosing to wear dentures means rethinking your daily oral health care routine. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your new teeth, your West Hartford dentist can help guide you.Dentures

Getting Used to Dentures

After receiving either a new or replacement set of dentures, it may take some time to get used to the new feeling and the new fit. But if your dentures are painful or seem too loose, talk to your West Hartford dentist. You may need an adjustment to achieve that perfect, comfortable fit.

Cleaning Your Dentures

After eating and before bedtime, carefully remove your dentures and run them under water to remove food particles and debris. Be sure to place a towel under your work surface in case you drop your dentures. This will cushion the fall to help prevent damaging or breaking your dentures.

After you’ve removed your dentures, brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks with a toothbrush and toothpaste. If you have any remaining natural teeth, be sure to brush and floss them well.

Once your mouth is clean, place your dentures in an overnight soaking solution. This will help to keep your dentures white and bright by helping to lift stains that could build up over time. A dental soak can also help to freshen your dentures and remove odors. Before you place your dentures back in your mouth, be sure to rinse off the denture solution.

Visit Your Dentist

One critical step in caring for your dentures is to visit your West Hartford dentist for an exam and consultation every six months. Your dentist can check your dentures to be sure they fit properly and have no damage. Occasionally your dentures may become loose, and need to be relined or even remade. In this case your dentist will make the appropriate recommendation to help your dentures remain comfortable and functional.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for your dentures, visit Drs. Bradbury & Amato, your West Hartford family dentists. Schedule an appointment today by calling the friendly office staff at (860) 561-3050.

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
January 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Since as many as 26 percent of older U.S. adults have lost all their teeth, there are a large number Americans who wear full removable dentures, also known as false teeth. You may be one of them.

How much do you know about dentures? See if you can answer the following questions connected with lost teeth and dentures.

  1. Which word refers to the loss of all permanent teeth?
    1. Atrophy
    2. Prosthetic
    3. Edentulism
    4. Periodontal
  2. What is the name given to the bone that surrounds, supports, and connects to your teeth?
    1. Periodontal
    2. Metacarpal
    3. Tibia
    4. Alveolar
  3. What tissue attaches the teeth to the bone that supports your teeth?
    1. Periodontal Ligament
    2. Periodontal Muscle
    3. Parietal Ligament
    4. Achilles Tendon
  4. When a person loses teeth, the stimulus that keeps the underlying bone healthy is also lost, and the bone resorbs or melts away. Pressure transmitted by dentures through the gums to the bone can accentuate this process, which is called
    1. Dystrophy
    2. Atrophy
    3. Hypertrophy
    4. None of the above
  5. A device that replaces a missing body part such as an arm or leg, eye, tooth or teeth is referred to as
    1. Robotic
    2. Imaginary
    3. Exotic
    4. Prosthetic
  6. When teeth have to be extracted, bone loss can be minimized by bone grafting. Bone grafting materials are usually a sterile powdered form of
    1. Allograft (human tissue)
    2. Xenograft (animal tissue)
    3. Both
    4. Neither
  7. Wearers of full dentures must re-learn to manipulate the jaw joints, ligaments, nerves, and muscles to work differently in order to speak, bite, and chew. The name for this system of interconnected body mechanisms, originating with the root words for “mouth” and “jaw,” is
    1. Boca biting
    2. Stomatognathic
    3. Periodontal
    4. None of the above
  8. A type of plastic that is artistically formed and colored to make prosthetic teeth and gums look natural is called
    1. methyl methacrylate
    2. beta barbital
    3. rayon
    4. polystyrene
  9. Success in denture wearing depends on
    1. The skill of the dentist
    2. The talent of the laboratory technician
    3. The willing collaboration of the patient
    4. All of the above

Answers: 1c, 2d, 3a, 4b, 5d, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9d. How well did you do? If you have additional questions about full removable dentures, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about dentures. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Removable Full Dentures.”