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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
June 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  
StopWearingYourDenturesWhileYouSleep

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying: “Take care of your dentures and your dentures will take care of you.” Well, maybe it’s not that old—but it’s still a sensible notion. Maintaining your dentures by routinely cleaning them and having them checked for fit will improve their longevity.

There’s one other thing you should include on your maintenance routine—avoid wearing your dentures 24/7, especially while you sleep. This bad habit could lead to some unpleasant consequences.

For one, wearing dentures continuously can accelerate bone loss in the jaw that eventually causes your dentures to lose their comfortable fit. Bone loss is a natural consequence of tooth loss because the bone no longer receives the stimulation to grow transmitted by the teeth during chewing. Dentures can’t transmit this stimulus; what’s more, the pressure they place on the gums and underlying bony ridges could make bone loss worse. You can relieve this gum pressure at night by taking them out.

Dentures can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that cause disease, irritation and unpleasant mouth odors. Taking dentures out at night deprives these microorganisms of a prime opportunity to carry on business as usual—and it’s also a great time to clean your dentures. People who sleep with their dentures in their mouth are more likely to have gum or oral yeast infections and higher levels of proteins produced by white cells that increase inflammation. That could contribute to other diseases throughout the body.

Besides taking your dentures out at night, you should also practice other daily hygiene tasks. Remove your dentures after eating and rinse them with clean water. Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and dish or antibacterial soap or dental cleanser (no toothpaste—it’s too abrasive for denture surfaces). Be sure you clean your gums and tongue every day too. When your dentures are out, store them in clean water or preferably an alkaline peroxide-based solution.

Removing your dentures at night and these other good habits will help extend the life and fit of your dentures. It could also help keep the rest of you healthy.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures: A Habit that Can Cause Health Problems.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
February 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
DenturesRequirePlanningandAttentiontoDetailtoLookNatural

Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A full 15 percent of Americans see their dentists for placement of full dentures each year, says the American College of Prosthodontistsdentures. That's a lot of tooth loss, but fortunately, these edentulous people realize the necessity of replacing their teeth lost to injury, gum disease, cancer treatment, decay and more. Nutrition and appearance benefit from well-fitting artificial teeth and so does self-confidence. Learn details on dentures from South Atlanta dentist, Dr. Travon Holt.

What happens when we lose teeth

Loss of some or all of your teeth impacts how you eat and how you talk. Many individuals with substantial tooth loss simply modify their diets so they can comfortably chew with just their gum tissue. You can imagine how many healthy and favorite foods they miss.

In addition, edentulous people experience dramatic changes to their personal appearance. Whenever teeth are extracted, jaw bone and gums recede almost immediately, reducing the height of dental bites, collapsing facial contours and creating premature skin wrinkling. In effect, young people look old, and older people look even older.

When facial appearance changes so dramatically, self-confidence inevitably suffers. As the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states, "Your smile becomes you," and if that smile is deficient in some way, your persona retreats.

What dentures do

South Atlanta dentures from the skilled hands of Dr. Holt and his dedicated team fully replace oral function and facial appearance. Created from tooth- and gum-colored acrylic according to oral impressions and specifications from Dr. Holt, dentures fit precisely, helping patients eat, talk, laugh and smile with complete confidence.

Types of dentures

Dentures are customized to patient need. There are two basic types: partial dentures and full dentures. Partial dentures fit the mouth the way a puzzle piece fits into a jigsaw puzzle, effectively spanning smile gaps. The artificial teeth are mounted on a thin metal frame, and clasps anchor the prosthetic to adjoining natural teeth.

Full dentures, however, are typically held in place by the mouth's natural suction. Sometimes, a wearer will add denture adhesive to avoid slippage when necessary.

Full dentures come in two kinds:

  • Immediate, which are placed right after tooth extraction, but must be refitted after gums and bone heal and shrink
  • Conventional, which are placed after the gums and bone are fully healed

Conventional dentures do not need refitting as immediate dentures do. Also, conventional dentures may be supported with strategically placed dental implants, titanium screws inserted into the jaw bone. The denture snaps onto the implants, providing superior hold. Some implant-supported dentures are removable and some are permanent. Dr. Holt helps patients determine which kind of denture is best for their unique situations.

Feel good, look great

You can when you wear lifelike dentures from Dr. Travon Holt in South Atlanta. Why not contact his office today for a one-on-one consultation? Phone (404) 629-9290.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
December 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing some or all of your teeth can lead you to have a poor self-image or make in-person interactions harder. Speaking and eating denturesmay become difficult and you may even notice some side effects from your missing teeth. Luckily, you can take your smile back and renew your confidence with dentures. Learn more about what dentures can do for you with Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA.

What are dentures? 
Dentures replace your missing teeth to complete your smile and make eating, chewing and speaking less difficult and more natural. Usually made from mixed materials like porcelain and acrylic or coated metal, dentures fit onto the arch of the mouth and use gravity or suction to stay in place. A denture can also permanently attach to dental implants.

Can dentures help my smile? 
Dentures can probably help your smile if you are missing most or all of your teeth. A dental implant or dental bridge are usually suggested for replacing one or several teeth. Not only do dentures fill out your smile to close its gaps, they also fill out your facial muscles and skin, keeping you from prematurely aging or sagging. Dentures also allow you to eat normal foods and chew and swallow normally. Untreated missing teeth can mean a lack of nutrition due to eating only soft foods instead of healthier options.

Dentures in South Atlanta, GA
The most recognizable denture is a full denture, with a full row of teeth on the arch. This denture works best for those missing all of their teeth on the upper or lower arch. Patients can wear another denture on the opposite arch to replace all of the teeth in the mouth. This is known as wearing a “set” of dentures. However, dentures can also incorporate remaining healthy teeth into their design, fitting over the teeth to keep them healthy and help the denture stay in place. Finally, implant-supported dentures are removable or permanent and attach to surgically-placed dental implants.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 629-9290 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Not sure how to care for your new dentures? Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks, your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek, share a few tips that will help you keep your dentures in perfect shape.

Brush your dentures every dayDentures

Daily brushing is important whether you have natural teeth or dentures. Use a nonabrasive dental cleanser and be sure to clean the adhesive from the grooves in the base of your dentures. Brush gently to avoid damaging your dentures.

Give your dentures a bath

Soaking your dentures every night keeps them clean and also provides the moisture they need to retain their shape. Removing your dentures at night also gives your gums a chance to rest.

Rinse your dentures thoroughly every morning

Rinse your dentures with water for several minutes before you put them in your mouth. Failing to rinse your dentures can cause burns in your mouth or vomiting due to the chemicals in cleaning solutions.

Remove your dentures after you eat

Take your dentures out and rinse them after you eat. Rinsing them helps avoid food debris that can cause bad breath.

Don't use toothpaste

Although toothpaste is the best way to clean your natural teeth, it's too abrasive for your dentures and can scratch or damage them. Look for cleansers and solutions specifically made for dentures instead.

Keep it cool

Make sure the water isn't too hot when you clean your dentures. Hot or boiling water can change the fit of your dentures. It's best to prevent the problem by using cool water.

See your South Atlanta dentist regularly

If you don't have any natural teeth, you may not think that regular visits to your dentist are important any longer. During dental visits, your dentist will check the fit of your dentures and make adjustments to ensure that they fit well and don't slip or cause painful gum irritation.

Is it time for your next dental exam? Call Dr. Holt and Dr. Hendricks, your South Atlanta, GA dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek, at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment. Prolong the life of your dentures with proper care.


















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