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Have a Confident Smile With Overdentures

Greeley OverdenturesOverdentures are a way for denture wearers to have a more confident smile and eliminate many problems associated with conventional dentures such as slipping and irritation of gum tissue. A denture is custom molded to the shape of the gum and bone ridges in the mouth and is meant to fit comfortably and securely over the gums. An upper denture, which covers the palate or roof of the mouth, is held in place by suction with the clear, viscous fluid in the mouth (saliva) acting as a seal. Lower dentures, on the other hand, are shaped like a horseshoe as they need to allow space for the tongue. The lower denture is mainly dependent on gravity as well as the cheek muscles and tongue to hold it in place.

Over time certain problems can begin to develop which causes instability of the denture resulting in loose dentures, painful dentures, inability to eat certain foods, and even problems with speech. Overdentures are designed to give denture wearers security and the ability to smile, eat and speak with confidence. An overdenture is simply a denture which snaps onto a set of implants that help keep it in place. Overdentures are most often used for lower dentures but can also be used for upper dentures as well.

Benefits of Choosing Overdentures

Dentures are a wonderful way to restore a beautiful smile after being faced with problem teeth and gums. Many people, however, find it difficult to wear their dentures with one of the most common reasons being loose dentures (particularly the lower denture). When dentures are loose and slide around it can trigger a number of problems such as gum irritation, pain, or problems with speech and eating and denture adhesives may not be the best solution. Eventually that beautiful smile may fade away due to a lack of confidence or embarrassment. Patients who experience problems wearing dentures may be the perfect candidate for overdentures or implant retained dentures. Here are a few of the benefits to choosing overdentures:

•    Loose-fitting dentures are replaced with improved stability, support and retention.

•    Eat the foods you love. When dentures are stabilized you can chew your food properly and not be nervous about what you are eating. Eating the right types of foods and following a healthy diet can improve overall health.

•    Smile, laugh and speak with confidence. Laughter is the best medicine and smiles are contagious. Overdentures can give you the confidence to open your mouth to smile and laugh without embarrassing moments due to slipping dentures. Speech can also be improved.

•    Wear dentures in comfort. Dentures that fit properly and securely will not rub against gum tissue thereby eliminating bleeding or irritated gums and pain.

•    Eliminate the need for denture adhesives. With overdentures you can do away with the cost and inconvenience of using ineffective over-the-counter denture adhesives.

•    Your existing denture can (in many cases) be used for your overdenture.

Three Primary Types of Overdentures

There are three different types of overdentures (also referred to as implant retained dentures) used to stabilize dentures and each has its own unique set of advantages, drawbacks, and differences in associated costs and longevity.

1. Mini Implant: The mini implant is the most affordable option in overdentures and is quickly gaining popularity based on the lower cost and reduced healing time. The implants (also referred to as a ball abutment), which contains a ball-top design, are surgically inserted into the jaw and the denture attaches to the implants by snapping onto the ball tops. The implants create an anchor for the denture which stabilizes the denture and keeps it firmly in place.

2. Locator Abutment: This second type of overdenture is actually the most popular due to the fact that there often are only two implants required. This is a common overdenture because of its adaptability. Between 2 and 6 implants may be placed depending on how stable the patient desires their denture to be. Patient healing time, however, is much longer than with mini implants. It is very similar to the mini implants in that the implants are inserted into the lower jaw (mandible) and the underside of the overdenture contains a matching cap that allows it to snap into place over the implants.

3. Bar Attachment: An overdenture bar is the third type and the most costly due to fabrication of the precision bar that would sit along the alveolar ridge. It is designed to be resilient and extremely durable providing excellent stabilization of the overdenture. One of the key benefits of a bar attachment is that it can direct forces away from the supporting gum tissue and bone.

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Dr. Scott Williams | Dentist Greeley CO | Ascent Family Dental | (970) 351-6095

If you are experiencing any difficulties or discomfort with your dentures, overdentures may be the perfect solution. Consulting with your dentist on all of your concerns and available treatment options will help you determine if overdentures are the right choice for you. You are invited to call Dr. Scott Williams at Ascent Family Dental (970-351-6095) to schedule an appointment to discuss your options for implant retained dentures and your overall denture care.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095


Painful Dentures is a Common Problem Associated with Loose Dentures

No more painful dentures Denture pain is unfortunately something that may be experienced at one time or another by all denture wearers. Thankfully it can often be corrected quickly and easily with the help of your denture dentist. One of the most common reasons for denture pain is because the dentures are not fitting properly. Dentures are intended to fit comfortably and snugly against the gums without shifting or moving around. Loose fitting dentures may slide or shift around in the mouth rubbing against the gums. This can quickly result in sore, swollen and irritated gums and wearing dentures can become extremely painful if left untreated.

There is typically a period of adjustment for new denture wearers after getting a new set of dentures. Immediate dentures are inserted right after the teeth are extracted before the gums have had a chance to heal. The gums and bone supporting the teeth reshape during the healing process which will cause the dentures to become loose requiring one or more adjustments during this time to ensure a proper fit. Adjustments may even be needed with conventional dentures, which are inserted after all of the tissues have healed, so it is extremely important to visit your denture dentist in Greeley if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Painful Dentures May Be a Result of Bone Loss

Long time denture wearers may begin to experience a change in the way their dentures fit at some point due to normal wear. Also, as we age our mouth undergoes natural changes just like every other part of our body. The boney ridges under the soft tissue (alveolar ridges) become smaller over time due to gradual bone loss. This process occurs in everyone in varying degrees over time. As the bone in the jaw shrinks in size, which can happen over a period of years without you even realizing it, a properly fitted denture may begin to loosen and shift against the soft tissue causing chafing, soreness and extreme irritation and pain. Continued rubbing of dentures against the existing bone can also accelerate bone loss.

Bone loss appears to be a more progressive condition for denture wearers. Bone is stimulated by the tooth roots to maintain its strength, shape and density and without those roots for stimulation the bone will decrease in density and size over time. There are other contributing factors that can also result in bone loss. Gum disease, hormonal changes, certain medications, metabolism, teeth grinding, loose fitting dentures and even gender can have a direct effect on the rate and amount of bone loss. As a result, what were once properly fitting and comfortable dentures may end up causing great discomfort and pain if they are not adjusted to accommodate these changes occurring in the mouth.

Bone loss and poor fitting dentures can also have a significant effect on the soft tissue in the mouth. Residual effects of bone loss are changes to the gums. This soft tissue also decreases in size and shape. Overlying gum tissue actually thins out and is susceptible to sore spots. Complaints of painful dentures may mean that the dentures are moving freely against the gums, instead of fitting snugly, creating sore spots and irritation of the gums.

Temporary Relief from Denture Pain

There are some quick fixes that can provide some temporary relief; however, a visit to the dentist is necessary and the sooner the better. Removing dentures will provide your gums with some much needed relief and allow for healing. Practicing good oral hygiene is extremely important to remove bacteria and help prevent infection. Over-the-counter adhesives and creams can also help to provide a protective cushion between dentures and gums and will also help with slipping dentures. These are just temporary measures though and it is extremely important to contact your denture dentist and schedule an appointment to rectify the problem and maintain good oral health.

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Dr. Scott Williams | Dentist Greeley CO | Ascent Family Dental

Loose fitting dentures should not be ignored. Once dentures begin to slide or move and continuously rub against the gums, irritation, sores and swelling are often not far off. When sores develop you become more prone to infection and other health complications. Continuing to wear dentures without seeking help from your Greeley denture dentist will surely result in prolonged pain and may also make you more susceptible to infection and illness. Eating and drinking with sores or cuts in the soft tissue from dentures that no longer fit properly may also cause additional pain, especially if eating salty, acidic or spicy foods. Painful dentures are not uncommon for denture wearers to experience but with proper care and treatment it can be resolved quickly and dentures will fit correctly, be comfortable and can be pain free.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095



Denture Care Can Prolong the Life of Your Dentures and Your Smile

Caring for dentures

Understanding proper denture care will make living with dentures much easier and prolong the life of your dentures. When you are adjusting to new dentures, either complete or partial, one of the most important things you will need to know is how to properly care for your dental dentures as well as your mouth and natural gums. The proper maintenance and care of removable partial dentures or a full denture will keep your teeth clean, stain-free and give you a beautiful, confident smile. With good oral care dentures can last for 5 to 10 years.

Excellent dental denture care not only consists of learning how to properly clean your dentures but it also means practicing excellent oral hygiene in caring for your mouth and the tissues in the mouth. Scheduling routine visits with your denture dentist is also an important part of denture care.

Dentures should be cleaned daily to remove food particles and prevent stains and the buildup of plaque and tartar. If good oral hygiene is not followed it makes the dentures susceptible to damage and discoloration which will affect their appearance and may shorten the amount of time they can be expected to last. Problems in your mouth can also arise such as irritation to the tissues under the dentures, mouth odor and even infections. Prior to discussing denture care (the proper cleaning and care of your dentures); it is important to know how to properly remove your dentures to avoid any possible damage to the dentures.

Caring For Your Dentures with Proper Removal and Handling

Removing and inserting dentures may require a little practice but you will get the hang of it in no time. One thing to keep in mind, though, is dentures require careful handling to protect them and avoid breakage or loss. Be sure to fill your sink up with warm water or stand over a thick folded towel when removing and handling dentures to avoid breaking them if they are accidentally dropped.

– To avoid injury or damage to the dentures or your mouth, only your fingers (not fingernails or any other object) should be used to pry or pull the dentures loose and remove them.

– Wash your hands thoroughly before handling dentures.

– Swish mouth with warm water or mouthwash just prior to removing the dentures.

– To remove the top denture place your thumb behind the front teeth and press upward and outward, toward the nose, and gently remove from mouth.

– To remove the lower denture, slowly pull on the denture using a gentle rocking motion and remove from mouth.

First- Rate Denture Care Will Give You Something to Smile About

Treating your dentures with the utmost care is extremely important to ensure they stay in tip- top shape. It is just as important, if not more important, to clean and care for dentures just as if they were your natural teeth. If dentures are not cleaned properly and frequently it can lead to hard deposits (buildup of plaque and tartar), staining, and possible damage to the dentures which can adversely affect their appearance.

Other complications can also occur such as inflamed and irritated gums, bad breath or bacterial or fungal infections in the mouth. Denture care should consist of daily cleaning including rinsing after meals. It is best to consult with your denture care dentist on denture maintenance and the best ways to clean your dentures. Practicing good oral hygiene by knowing how to properly clean and care for your dentures will help maintain a beautiful smile.

Proper Denture Care:

How often should I clean my dentures?

Dentures should be cleaned several times a day but at a minimum at least twice daily. If brushing is not possible after each meal, they should be rinsed with water after meals and snacks to remove anyBrushing denture care Greeley loose food particles. It can be very easy for germs and bacteria to hide within microscopic crevices in the denture and a very meticulous and thorough cleaning is needed to prevent the growth of bacteria. Brushing alone may not be sufficient to thoroughly clean your dentures and keep your mouth healthy so soaking is also required.

What should I use to clean my dentures?

Dentures should be carefully removed and brushed with a soft bristle toothbrush or special denture brush after all meals and at bedtime to prevent accumulation of plaque and tartar and to remove any bits of food. Do not use a hard bristle brush as this can actually scratch the surface of the denture. A denture brush is best to use as it is specifically designed for this purpose.

Brush with water and soap or denture toothpaste. Be very careful not to use abrasive cleansers as they can scratch and damage the surface of the teeth making them more susceptible to the accumulation of plaque, bacteria and staining. It is best to use over-the-counter denture cleansers that have the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance so you know that they have been evaluated and tested for safety and effectiveness. Gently brush the entire denture being careful not to bend or damage any attachments.

What do I do if I see stains developing on my dentures?

Frequent and consistent denture care and cleaning should be sufficient to keep your dentures stain-free. Over-the-counter denture cleansers that have been approved by the American Dental Association are specifically designed with cleansing agents that target stains, germs and plaque. Do not ever use bleach or other harmful chemicals on your dentures as it can potentially discolor the teeth and gums and cause damage to the dentures. If you encounter problems with staining, talk to your denture dentist for help in determining the cause and for a professional recommendation on what to do.

Do I need to soak my dentures?

Proper Denture Care Includes Keeping Dentures MoistMost new dentures do not need to be soaked, but dentures made out of older materials do.  Soaking a denture in cool or lukewarm water will keep them moist, but a rinse with water in the morning for a newer denture should work just fine as well.  If your denture becomes discolored or develops a bad odor or taste then ADA approved denture cleansers can also be used to help remove those stains and odor causing bacteria. When using a denture cleanser the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed.

Special care should also be used if dentures have metal attachments since they could possibly tarnish if used with certain cleansers. It is typically recommended that only water be used if there are metal clasps. Dentures can typically be soaked overnight and should be rinsed thoroughly with cool water prior to inserting back into the mouth. Be sure to change the water solution each time you soak your dentures. Hot water should never be used as it can cause the dentures to warp and lose their shape.

How do I remove adhesive from my dentures?

Denture adhesives are often used to improve the performance and fit of dentures and prevent embarrassing slippage. Residue from the adhesive can be easily removed from dentures through brushing and soaking with a denture cleanser.

How do I clean the soft lining of my denture?

If your dentures contain a special soft lining due to sensitive gums, certain types of denture cleansers and fixatives may be too abrasive and could possibly damage the lining. Talk to your denture dentist about the proper way to care for your dentures.

What do Ultrasonic Cleaners do?

Typically brushing and soaking is sufficient to clean dentures. Ultrasonic cleaning units can be purchased for home use, usually anywhere between $50 and $150, for a more effective and thorough cleaning process (in addition to daily brushing). Ultrasonic cleaners are basically little tubs full of water that you place your dentures into with high frequency sound waves running through it. It is a mini jacuzzi of sorts for your dentures with microscopic bubbling action that cleans and sanitizes. Ultrasonic cleaning is typically also done at the dentist’s office during a routine office visit to remove stains and tartar buildup.

Oral Hygiene and Denture Care

Denture care is not just caring for and cleaning dentures but also includes the proper care and cleaning of your mouth and gums. Maintaining a healthy mouth and gums goes hand in hand with a sound oral health care program. If you are wearing a partial denture it is extremely important to brush, floss and rinse your remaining natural teeth on a consistent basis (at least twice daily). Special attention should be given to teeth that fit underneath any metal clasps that hold the denture in place as plaque and food particles can become trapped under the clasps resulting in a higher risk of tooth decay and the growth of bacteria.

Full dentures should be removed on a daily basis and left out for several hours (typically overnight) giving your gums a chance to breathe. If dentures are left in too long you are increasing your risk of developing gum sores, inflammation, bacteria and bad breath. It is important to clean the inside of your mouth and gums, including your tongue, as part of your denture maintenance before putting your dentures back into your mouth.

Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush the gums, palate and tongue. A tongue scraper may be used in lieu of a toothbrush, or in addition to, if preferred. The brushing action will not only keep your mouth clean but will stimulate and improve circulation in the mouth by gently massaging the gum tissue. Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water or saltwater is recommended. Mouthwash may also be used to leave your mouth feeling truly clean and fresh.

Visit Your Denture Dentist Regularly

Your denture dentist is there to assist you and help you with any questions, concerns, and problems that may arise. Part of your denture care should include routine visits to your dentist for cleaning and exams. New denture wearers should visit their dentist for adjustments or fittings as needed to ensure their dentures are fitting properly and remain comfortable. There is initially a period of adjustment with new dentures which may require dentures to be adjusted frequently.

Denture wearers should routinely schedule a visit with their dentist every 6 months for denture cleaning, examination of the teeth, mouth cavity and surrounding tissues and to ensure their dentures fit properly. You should call your denture dentist right away if you experience any pain, sores, swelling, inflammation, problems chewing or if your dentures are loose. You may need to have your dentures adjusted or it may be an early warning sign of a bigger problem. Your denture care specialist can evaluate any problems and recommend the proper course of treatment.

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Ascent Family Dental is the perfect choice for all of your denture care needs. Dr. Scott Williams and his entire staff are dedicated to giving their patients personalized attention and quality care. Denture care can seem a bit overwhelming to a new denture patient and Ascent Family Dental will do everything possible to make the experience pleasant and stress-free. They truly want their patients to feel comfortable and at ease. Give Dr. Williams a call at Ascent Family Dental (970-351-6095) to schedule an appointment to discuss your denture care.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095


Dental Dentures Can Give You a Healthy, Vibrant Smile Again

confidence with dental denturesDental dentures are removable, replacement teeth which are custom made to replace some or all of the teeth in an individual’s mouth. They are a great solution for those who want to have a beautiful set of teeth and a healthy, vibrant smile when their own natural teeth have reached the end of their life due to serious dental problems, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. Dentures, which have commonly been referred to as false teeth, are a type of prosthetic device which are molded to fit the mouth and are supported by the soft and hard tissue in the mouth.

Types of Dental Dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a full set of replacement teeth that are constructed when no teeth remain in the mouth. Dental impressions are taken of the maxillary (upper) arch and mandibular (lower) arch where the teeth are missing in the patient’s mouth and used to create dentures using an acrylic resin which is a plastic type material. Metal and porcelain are also sometimes used. The appearance of a complete set of dentures is a close resemblance to that of a natural set of teeth and gums. The dentures actually fit over the patient’s existing gums with suction helping to keep them in place. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth while the lower denture, designed in a horseshoe shape, accommodates the tongue.

A complete set of dental dentures are can be furthered classified as conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth once all of the tissue has healed following extraction of all teeth. This can typically take up to 1 year.

Immediate dentures allow for the dentures to be placed in the mouth immediately following tooth extraction before the gums have healed. This process can help to reduce bleeding and protect the tissue, however, the tissue and bone will reshape as it heals often requiring several adjustments or realignments of the dentures.

Partial Dentures

The second type of denture is known as a partial. Partial dental dentures replace only some of the teeth in the mouth and rest on a framework which attaches to the other teeth in the mouth using clasps or dental devices known as precision attachments. Precision attachments are more natural looking and are not nearly as visible as metal clasps, however, they are more costly. Existing teeth or crowns can serve as anchors to hold the partial denture in place.

Warning Signs That May Indicate the Need for Dental Dentures

There can be many different reasons that individuals end up needing dental dentures; however, there are a few very common warning signs that are indicative of serious dental issues that may result in the need for dentures.

  • Gum inflammation that can be seen in the form of swollen, red, bleeding or tender gums may be the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis or more advanced and severe problems such as periodontal disease. Gum disease is one of the most common problems that affects adults and is the cause of 70% of tooth loss. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) one out of every four adults will be affected by gum disease at some point in their lives. Excellent oral health can help to protect natural teeth, however, untreated gum disease can lead to bone loss and eventually tooth loss which may result in the need for dentures.
  •  When teeth begin to shift in position, teeth become loose, or gaps begin to widen between teeth there is typically a serious underlying cause which may mean bone loss is occurring due to gum disease. Periodontal treatments are most likely necessary and tooth extraction may even be needed.
  •  Individuals who have already lost two or three teeth should consult with their dentist on obtaining a partial denture to take the pressure off the remaining teeth. Fewer teeth are required to do more work and a domino effect may result with the remaining teeth adversely affected and a higher chance of losing additional teeth.

Proper Care of Dentures

Gentle care is essential when caring for and cleaning dentures. When handling dental dentures it is advisable to hold them over a folded towel or sink full of water in case they are accidentally dropped. Dentures should be rinsed frequently, especially after eating, to remove food particles.

Dental dentures should be brushed every day to remove plaque and food deposits and help protect them from becoming stained. A soft bristle toothbrush or denture brush specifically designed to clean dentures should be used. Hard bristle brushes and harsh toothpaste should not be used as they can be too abrasive. Denture cleansers that have the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance are best to use as they have been tested for effectiveness and safety.

Dentures should also be kept moist to retain their shape. Consulting with your dentist on the proper care of your dental dentures is recommended to keep them in great shape. You should also schedule routine dental checkups to have dentures cleaned and examined and be sure they fit properly and don’t need adjustment.

Affordable Dental Dentures

When it comes to quality you will typically get what you pay for. Many dental procedures can be costly, including complete or partial dentures; however you should definitely consult with a reputable Greeley dentures dentist on how to obtain quality dentures without going bankrupt.affordable false teeth

Many dental insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost of dentures making them more  affordable if you have insurance. Quality is not something you will want to skimp on when it comes to dentures since you can experience serious health implications if you do not have the proper care or proper fitting dentures. Talking with your dentist about any budget or financial limitations may help you to find the right solution for affordable dentures.

Dr. Scott Williams at Ascent Family Dental is dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care and affordable treatment to all of his patients. You are invited to contact Dr. Williams at (970) 351-6095 for a consultation or to schedule an appointment. Ascent Family Dental loves their denture patients and is committed to becoming the number one dental denture dentist in Greeley Colorado.

Ascent Family Dental
3535 W. 12th St., Ste B
Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 351-6095


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