Posts Tagged ‘dentures’

No More Slipping Dentures

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Most people who wear dentures simply aren’t happy with them. They don’t feel secure, they slip, they can make speech difficult and can make the enjoyment of certain foods almost impossible. Dentures don’t have to be like that — imagine a denture so secure it feels like having your own teeth.

A special dental implant procedure called All-on-4 is used to anchor a denture that will be unlike anything you have worn before. All-on-4 uses 4 dental implants in the lower jaw and 4 in the upper to support a full denture that will restore your smile and give you back your quality of life.

When teeth are lost, a side effect is bone loss in the jaw because the bone is no longer supporting teeth. Dental implants have been shown to help reduce this bone loss. Implant dentures also help stabilize the bone in the jaw and may help slow or prevent future bone loss.All-on-4 dental implants can be used in patients who have already experienced some bone loss, without the use of bone grafts.

After the implants are placed in the mouth a temporary denture will be placed immediately. After a period of time that allows the implants to integrate into the bone, the final denture is set it place. Patients do not have to spend any time being “without teeth”.

Find out more about immediate placement dentures using dental implants by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center, your Toccoa, GA implant dentist, at 706-391-8777. We’ll be happy to schedule your consultation visit!


Dental Implants - Just Like Having Your Real Teeth Back

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Dental implants are such an incredible advancement in the field of dentistry. Options used to be limited to bridges and dentures when replacing missing teeth but today dental implants can make you feel like you have your real teeth back!

Using dental implants we are able to offer patients a solution to their missing teeth that help achieve permanent, confident smiles. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.

Dental implants are also perfect for those who have lost all of their teeth because today we have special hybrid dentures that snap on to the dental implants. This makes the dentures function just like the teeth they are replacing.

The implant itself is a small device that looks like a screw, typically made of titanium, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant will fuse to the jawbone itself, mimicking the structure of the tooth root. Once the dental implant has healed, a dental crown can be attached to replace a single tooth. To replace multiple teeth the implant can be used to anchor partial dentures or entire top or bottom dental arches.

The replacement teeth look and feel just as natural as the tooth that was lost – in some cases even better! Dental implants are designed to last the lifetime of the patient and can restore full function and beauty to your smile.

Find out more about dental implants by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation.

Should I Sleep With My Dentures?

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Should you sleep with dentures in your mouth? Sleeping with dentures is not recommended for many reasons and a study published in the Journal of Dental Research gives another good reason to take the dentures out at night. This research showed that conventional denture wearing during sleep doubled the risk of pneumonia in the very elderly.

Poor oral health is a risk factor for pneumonia among elderly patients. This is yet another good reason to keep up with dental hygiene appointments as we age. Researchers in Japan found that wearing dentures at night dramatically increased the risk for developing pneumonia. The group of 228 men and 296 women were all over age 85 and were examined annually over three years to identify their oral health status and their overall health. The patients who wore their dentures overnight were at a 2.3 times higher risk of pneumonia.

In addition to the increased risk for pneumonia, the researchers also found plaque on the tongue and denture itself, as well as inflammation of the gums and infections of Candida albicans. The people who removed their dentures at night did not experience these problems. Removing dentures at night gives the gum tissue and underlying bone a chance to “rest” without the pressure of the denture.

Today we have many options for saving damaged teeth and replacing those that are missing. Dental implants are a wonderful option for replacing a lost tooth or several teeth. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.

Caring for Dentures

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Proper care of your dentures is important for your oral health and can extend the life of your dentures.

Dentures are breakable if dropped so take care when handling them. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cleaned. Brushing will remove food and plaque. Denture material can stain so brushing away food debris and surface stains will help prevent permanent staining. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, never a hard brush, and gently brush all surfaces.

Denture cleaners help clean and kill bacteria that clings to the dentures. Never use household cleansers or whitening toothpastes to clean your dentures – these are very abrasive and will scratch the denture. Don’t use bleach to clean the denture because it may bleach out the pink portion of the appliance. Ultrasonic cleaners (like jewelry cleaners) can be very helpful for maintaining your dentures. Never use hot water to clean a denture as it may cause the denture to warp. When dentures are not in your mouth they should not be allowed to dry out.

Your dentist can adjust and repair your denture when needed. New dentures may need follow-up appointments for adjustments until they feel comfortable. Please don’t attempt a do-it-yourself repair on your dentures, bending the metal clasps or attempting to use a household glue can permanently weaken these structures.

A set of dentures is not permanent. The jawbone will shrink over time since it is no longer serving to anchor teeth. The dentures may need to be relined or remade due to normal wear and tear and age related changes in gums and bone.

Find out more about denture care and learn about how dentures can be anchored using dental implants by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

Caring For Your Dentures

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Caring for dentures is a little different from caring for your natural teeth. Beyond the obvious – you can remove them for cleaning – there are a few things to remember in order to protect your dentures.

The care for removable partial dentures or complete dentures is similar. You must remember that dentures are delicate and can break. It is a good idea to use a folded towel placed on the counter top or over the sink while you are handling your dentures. Heat can cause dentures to change shape so never use hot water on your dentures and never, ever, leave your dentures in the car.

Dentures need to be brushed daily just like your own teeth. The brushing removes food particles and can help prevent staining. The material used to make dentures can scratch so remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a special denture cleaner that does not contain abrasives.

Your dentures aren’t the only things that need to be brushed. Just because you don’t have teeth doesn’t mean that you don’t need to clean your mouth. Brush gently over gums, cheeks, tongue and the roof of your mouth.

If your dentures are no longer fitting properly and you find yourself using lots of denture adhesives or pads to keep them in place it may be time to have them relined or replaced. Today we can also create dentures that attach to dental implants so you’ll never have to worry about embarrassing  slippage.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit. Remember, even if you wear a full set of dentures you still need to visit the dentist for examinations to look for oral diseases or oral cancers. We can also make sure your dentures fit properly and comfortably.

Implants + Dentures = A Beautiful New Smile

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Baby Boomers are aging rapidly and many are going to be faced with a reduced quality of life for many years because of tooth loss. It has been estimated that 37 million Americans will need dentures by the year 2020. Many patients facing total tooth loss and a lifetime of denture wear are seeking better alternatives.

The best choice for many of these patients will be dental implants. Dental implants are small metal anchors which are inserted into the jaw bone and serve as an artificial tooth root. Implants can be used to replace just one missing tooth, several teeth or even used to anchor a complete denture.

The most common complaints from patients who wear full dentures focus on reduced quuality of life due to pain, instability, difficulty eating and discomfort. By using dental implants to support a denture most patients report much higher satisfaction with their dentures and more of a “normal”  feeling. One of the side effects when people loose their teeth is that the bone that normally anchors the tooth in place is no longer needed and begins to be resorbed by the body. This “use it or lose it” policy is what causes the faces of older people with tooth loss to appear shortened or shrunken.  Dental implants avoid this bone loss because the body is using the dental implant just like a natural tooth root and the normal pressures of chewing and biting keep the bone in place. We are also able to design your new smile in such a way that gives you a more youthful appearance.

Our Toccoa full-service dental office allows you to have your dental implants placed and restored by just visiting one office – no need to drive long distances to find a specialist when Dr. Wilbanks extensive training and friendly chairside manner are here for you. To find out more about your options for correcting tooth loss please contact our office at 706-886-9439 today.

Dangerous Denture Adhesives

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Academy of General Dentistry has warned dentists to be on the lookout for denture paste poisoning caused by patients ingesting too much zinc. While Zinc is a naturally occurring substance and our bodies need a certain amount for our immune systems and cell growth, too much zinc can cause big problems. The link between zinc poisoning and denture adhesive cream was publicized last year.

The problems occur when patients with dentures that don’t fit correctly use excessive amounts of the denture adhesive to try to hold the denture in place. The excess denture adhesive is swallowed by the patients and, over time, excess zinc can build up in their systems. Overuse of the adhesives can cause nausea, stomachache and mouth irritation. Over a longer period of time neurological damage can occur making walking and daily functioning difficult.

Denture wearers should visit their dentist regularly to maintain the proper fit for their denture. To avoid the problem of  dentures slipping,  find out if you are a candidate for a denture that is anchored by dental implants. Dental implants act as “roots” just like natural teeth have and hold the denture in place.

Please contact us  at 706-886-9439 to discuss your options for better fitting dentures. If you are using denture  adhesives please read the label, some manufacturers have reformulated their products to remove zinc. Call today, better fitting and more comfortable dentures make smiling, eating and talking much more enjoyable.

The Truth About Dental Implants

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

It used to be that losing a tooth meant getting a bridge or partial denture. While these are good options for replacing a missing tooth they also have a limited life span and will likely need repairs. Another alternative is the dental implant which functions just like a natural tooth and if cared for properly can last a lifetime. What are the common misconceptions about dental implants?

Dental Implant Surgery is Painful – No, dental implant surgery is performed in the dental office and can be performed under local anesthesia just like many other dental procedures. Many patients, however,  like the option of sedation and it is readily available.

Dental Implants are Too Expensive - While an implant may be a little more expensive up front, over time, however,  it is the most cost effective because it can last you a lifetime.

They have a High Rejection Rate – Dental implant rejection happens in only about 2% of cases and it is usually because the patient has an allergy to the metal. Implants are made of titanium which is a metal commonly used in medical procedures because almost none of the patients react to it once it is placed in the body.

A dental implant can be used to replace one tooth or many or even used to anchor a denture. If you need to replace a missing tooth please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439. We will be glad to answer all of your questions regarding dental implants and let you know if  dental implants are right for you.

Year End Dental Appointments Going Fast

Monday, November 15th, 2010

When I purchased a gallon of milk today I noticed that the date stamp said December 1 – where has the year gone?  Most of our patients with dental insurance  have a set dollar amount of benefits that may be used each year.  It never fails that December becomes very busy as people try to use their remaining benefits for dental care that they have been putting off.

If you find yourself in this situation PLEASE – contact our office at 706-886-9439 as soon as possible.  Our appointment schedule typically fills up around this time of year and we would hate to have to put your appointment back to January.

Please remember that Wilbanks Smile Center does not accept your dental insurance as payment.  However, if you have dental insurance, we are anxious to help you receive your maximum allowable benefits.  In order to achieve these goals, we need your assistance, and your understanding of how we work with insurance.

  • We ask that you come prepared to handle your account at each visit.  We accept cash, checks, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.  We offer a 5% discount to those patients who pay by cash or check.
  • We are happy to prepare and file insurance forms.  We will provide you with necessary documentation for the services you receive.  You will receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company.
  • Your insurance is a contract between you, your employer and the insurance company.  We must emphasize that as health care providers, our relationship is with you, not your insurance company.
  • Not all services are a covered benefit in all contracts. Your employer has selected the services that your insurance plan will cover.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of insurance plans, it is impossible for us to be able to guarantee any coverage by your individual insurance plans.

Again, we look forward to helping you maximize your benefits before year end so don’t delay, call us today at 706-886-9439.

Denture Cream and Zinc Update

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

A few weeks ago an episode of the television show “House” featured an older gentleman suffering from tingling and numbness in his hands and feet.  The diagnosis – zinc poisoning from excess use of over-the-counter denture adhesive cream.  The problem of zinc in denture creams came to light a couple of years ago when a research paper was published in the journal of The American Academy of Neurology.  While the human body does require some zinc to function well, too much zinc is toxic.  Zinc is a common ingredient in many products, including denture creams.  The problems arise when people with ill-fitting dentures use more than the recommended amounts of denture adhesive, unknowingly poisoning themselves.

The fallout from the zinc toxicity report is ongoing.  GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Poligrip, has either stopped making or is reformulating three versions of its popular denture adhesive.   The number of lawsuits against the manufacturers of denture adhesives continued to grow. A Google search using any combination of the words zinc and denture cream brings up pages and pages of websites for lawyers seeking clients.

How can you protect yourself if you wear dentures?  The most important thing is to make sure your dentures fit correctly.  Visit your dentist if fit is a problem rather than relying on over-the-counter products.  Remember that once a denture is made it will not fit perfectly forever.  Without teeth anchored in the jaw bone the bone will recede over time and your denture will not fit as it used to.

One way to avoid denture slippage completely is to have your denture anchored by dental implants.  The dental implant holds your denture firmly in place so embarrassing slips are eliminated.

Please contact my Toccoa, Georgia full-service dental practice at 706-886-9439 today to discuss options for making your dentures more comfortable and more secure.

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