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Are you a denture wearer or anticipate a new prosthetic? Then, the dentists at Craig C. Callen DDS & Associates in Mansfield, OH, ask you to keep your denture in good shape. Dr. Callen and Dr. Nichols know that routine care makes your mouth healthy and your smile sparkling and functional. Learn more here.
There are many wonderful prosthetics available to people who have lost one, two, or even all of their teeth. Custom-crafted from your oral impressions and style preferences, dentures from your Mansfield, OH, dentists are high quality, very functional, well-fitting and natural-looking.
Denture types range from partial dentures to immediate dentures to full, conventional dentures to innovative implant-supported prosthetics. Together, you and your dentist will determine which kind will suit your particular needs.
Caring for dentures
If you're a new denture wearer, understand that it does take time to grow accustomed to your new teeth. Chewing is a bit different than with your natural teeth, and speech changes, too. However, over the ensuing weeks after the denture placement, you'll adjust to your dentures.
After denture placement, you must carefully maintain any remaining natural teeth, your soft oral tissues, and the prosthetic itself. Here are some general guidelines to maintain your health, preserve the structural integrity of your denture and enjoy the good oral function.
Aspects of routine care include:
- Brushing your denture daily with a gentle denture cleaner (approved by the American Dental Association) or even a mild soap and water. Place a towel or washcloth in the bathroom sink (to cushion the denture if you drop it), and use a soft denture brush to remove food particles and plaque.
- Cleaning your denture after each meal and before going to bed. Most people leave dentures out at night to rest their soft oral tissues.
- Brushing and flossing any remaining natural teeth or dental implants.
- Never use hot water to brush or soak your prosthetic as this causes warping.
- Seeing Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols every six months for a cleaning and check-up. If you develop sore spots on your gums or damage your denture in any way, call the office right away for an appointment.
A great smile
You can have one when you maintain your dentures. At the Mansfield, OH, offices of Craig C. Callen DDS & Associates, we want you to have the best looking and functioning smile possible. Call Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols with any questions or concerns you may have: (419) 756-0188.
If you have experienced tooth loss, consider trying dentures. They are an effective way to restore your smile. Dentures can also reduce some of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss, such as facial sagging or changes in speech. We offer several types of dentures at Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield. Dr. Craig Callen or Dr. Richard Nichols can recommend a type of denture best suited to your needs.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are dental appliances with prosthetic teeth that can restore your smile by replacing teeth that are missing. Several types of dentures are available to meet a wide range of needs. The two main categories of dentures are full and partial. Full or complete dentures are used when replacing a full row of teeth, while partial dentures fill in the gaps around any remaining natural teeth.
There are different types of both full and partial dentures. Transitional partial dentures are worn temporarily to give you a full smile while waiting for custom removable partial dentures to be fabricated, which are meant to be worn long term. Since they are custom made, removable partial dentures provide a better fit.
Immediate full dentures serve a similar purpose as transitional partial dentures. They are also only meant to be worn temporarily while waiting for conventional full dentures to be custom made. Conventional dentures are also referred to as traditional full dentures and can be worn long-term. Additionally, they offer a perfect fit by conforming to your mouth over time.
Another type of denture is a fixed denture or overdenture. This type of denture is held in place by dental implants and crowns. An overdenture can also be anchored in place by fitting dental crowns over existing natural teeth. The skilled dentists at our office in Mansfield can fit you for dentures that meet your individual needs.
Benefits of Dentures
Restoring your smile with dentures has several benefits. In addition to filling in gaps and replacing lost teeth, dentures can minimize the side effects of tooth loss. For example, without enough teeth to support facial muscles, the face can begin to droop and sag. Dentures can restore the natural contours of the face by providing extra support for muscles.
Speech can also be affected by tooth loss. The teeth normally guide tongue placement when speaking, but gaps in your smile can change the way you sound when talking. By filling in the gaps, dentures help improve speech.
Another benefit of dentures is that you can eat a wider variety of foods again. Plus, with biting and chewing functions more evenly distributed across a full set of teeth, there will be less strain on the remaining natural teeth since they no longer have to compensate for missing ones.
If you are losing teeth, dentures could provide the solution you need. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Callen or Dr. Nichols to learn more about dentures by calling Craig C. Callen, DDS & Associates in Mansfield at (419) 756-0188.
Erasing years of dental stains with teeth whitening can improve your self-esteem and even help you look a little younger. Whitening is among the many dental services and treatments offered by your Mansfield, OH, dentist, Dr. Craig Callen.
Whitening easily removes stubborn stains
Using tobacco products or eating or drinking foods that contain dark or bright pigments can dull your once-bright smile. Pigments become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Because the pores are much smaller than a toothbrush bristle, brushing your teeth doesn't offer an effective way of getting rid of stains.
Foods and drinks that can cause stains include dark berries, soy sauce, tomato sauce, pomegranates, ice pops, candy, sports drinks, dark soft drinks, red wine, tea and coffee.
Whitening treatment targets the pigments that are the source of your stains. During your whitening session in the Mansfield dental office, your dentist uses a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural whitener. The gel seeps into the pores in your enamel, breaking up and removing the dark pigments.
Professional whitening offers the most effective whitening method
Over-the-counter whitening kits offer varying results. Some may not improve your tooth color very much even after using them for weeks or months. These products contain a weaker form of hydrogen peroxide than the professional whitening gel your dentist uses. The professional formulation is much more effective in removing stains. Best of all, whitening at the dental office only takes about an hour.
Your safety and comfort are particularly important to your dentist. He'll recommend that you have a dental cleaning and exam before whitening. The cleaning removes plaque and tartar, two substances that aren't affected by hydrogen peroxide. If plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, your smile will look speckled after whitening.
The examination ensures that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. If your dentist does notice any issues, he'll recommend scheduling your whitening session at some point after treating those dental issues.
Protecting your gums and roots helps you avoid tooth sensitivity during whitening. Your gums and roots will be coated with a special gel prior to whitening. You'll also wear plastic retractors in your mouth that prevent your mouth and lips from coming in contact with the whitener.
Do you have stained, dull teeth? Renew your smile with teeth whitening. Call your dentist in Mansfield, OH, Dr. Callen, at (419) 756-0188 to schedule your appointment.
Wondering why people are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles?
Losing a tooth is one of the most upsetting issues that you can face when it comes to your smile; however, there are so many ways in which to restore and rebuild smiles after tooth loss these days, thanks to amazing advanced dental technology. Many people are turning to our Mansfield, OH, dentists Dr. Craig Callen and Dr. Richard Nichols for dental implants due, in part, to these cool benefits,
Implants are for Life
After losing a tooth you’re probably looking for a false tooth that is going to last as long as possible right? While other tooth replacement may need to be replaced, implants are truly the only lifelong tooth replacement. That’s because implants are made from a biocompatible material that helps them fuse permanently with the jawbone.
They Act Like Real Teeth
Implants truly mimic the look and feel of a real tooth. This means that you never have to worry about removing your implant at night, or about it moving or shifting around when talking or chewing. You can treat your implant just like a natural tooth.
Protect Your Jawbone
Bone loss is an upsetting but inevitable part of tooth loss. Of course, getting a dental implant can put a halt to bone loss. This is because the implant actually takes the place of the tooth roots, providing the jawbone with the same stimulation it needs to stay healthy. If you want to prevent your jawbone from changing shape and losing density over the years, then you’ll want to consider turning to our Mansfield, OH, cosmetic dentist for dental implants.
Eat What You Want
Not being able to eat the foods you love because your false tooth or teeth can’t handle it is upsetting. Not to mention, people with tooth loss often deal with nutritional deficits and other digestive issues as a result. The good news is that because an implant acts just like a real tooth, you can eat whatever you want without having to worry about your implant. It will stay put and make it incredibly easy again to eat the foods you love.
Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? If so, call our Mansfield, OH, family dentist today at (419) 756-0188 to schedule a consultation with our team.