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A Quick Look At Dentures

denturesThe dentures of today are not your grandmother’s dentures, that’s a fact. Many people wear dentures as the solution to missing or decayed teeth. Sometime, however, dentures can be problematic. This may be due, in part, to the unique structure of each person’s mouth. Are you contemplating dentures? If so, or if you already wear them, here are a few things about them you may not know:

  • The shape of your palate or “roof” of your mouth, influences the fit and suction needed for your upper denture to fit properly. A square or rounded palate shape is more suitable than a small, flat, or V-shaped palate.
  • When you lose your natural teeth, bony ridges remain. Your dentures will rest on these ridges. It’s normal and inevitable for the ridges to atrophy or shrink. This process varies with each person and it’s one of the reasons some people find wearing dentures difficult.
  • Most complaints from denture wearers have to do with their lower dentures. This is because lower dentures are in a “mobile” environment, where the tongue, cheeks and lips try to dislodge the denture during eating and talking. The lower bony ridge is much smaller than the upper, and is prone to more shrinkage. There is no large surface on which to create suction. These factors often cause a lower denture to trap food.
  • Fixatives aren’t just for loose fitting dentures. They can give you confidence by providing a more comfortable fit and preventing slipping. Fixatives also help prevent bits of food from getting under your dentures.
  • Your dentures should be examined every year to check for fit, ensure against permanent damage, check for unwanted conditions in your mouth, and to make adjustments. Dentures become worn down by eating and cleaning, and the denture base will not adjust to your constantly changing bony ridges. Dentures can be easily replaced or relined if they become loose.

Do you have questions about dentures? We invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment to discuss your questions and concerns with us.

Considering Dentures? Read On

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Dealing with missing and decayed teeth can be daunting. Because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, if you aren’t smiling, you aren’t making important personal connections. Your teeth can also be a great self-confidence booster…or a self-esteem deflater.

A time-tested treatment for missing teeth is dentures. With today’s new procedures and the expertise of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello, dentures can be the door into a whole new life for you.

denturesAs replacements for missing teeth, dentures can be taken out and put back into your mouth.
Your new dentures may feel a bit awkward for the first few weeks; eating and speaking may take a little practice while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Although they take some getting used to and may never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Replacing your missing teeth will help improve your appearance and smile. Without dental support, your facial muscles sag, making you look older. Dentures can also help you speak and eat more comfortably.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Depending on your particular needs, we will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you.

  • With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the the roof of your mouth. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
  • A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

At Lerner & Lemongello, your dentures will be custom-made by highly skilled technicians, using the finest materials available, guided by impressions taken of your mouth. Our goal is to achieve, for you, the most aesthetically and pleasing look possible.

We want to be your Palm Beach Gardens dental team. Call for a consultation and let us help you on your way to your most beautiful smile in years! 561.627.9000.

Useful information on Dental Implants

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Useful information on Dental Implants

Is a dental implant right for you? A dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile when you have lost or broken a tooth. Learn more about dental implants and when they are right for you.

Dental Implants, What are they?

A dental implant is a post most often made of titanium but sometimes made of zirconia. They serve as a substitute for the root of a natural tooth. The implant post is placed in the jawbone. It is then allowed to fuse to the natural bone. Once this occurs the implant post becomes sturdy and can be used as a foundation for the replacement of the teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth to support a bridge. Depending on the number of implants they can be used to hold and replace all the teeth or support a denture.

Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

People of all ages can be a candidate for replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. Whether tooth loss due to decay, disease, injury or a medical condition, dental implants can be a great choice. If you can’t wear dentures comfortably you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. There are new techniques available using advanced technology where implants can be placed and teeth secured the same day. For denture wearers imagine being able to eat anything you want without the roof of your mouth being covered so you can taste your food. This can be life changing for people who have lost all their teeth and struggle with dentures.

Implant patients must be in good health. Most patients are still candidates even with certain medical conditions but should consult with their dentist. Your dentist will take into consideration your medical and dental health to ensure implants are the right choice for you.

What is the implant procedure like?

Your dentist will review what type of dental implant treatment is right for you. A procedure will be done to place the implant in the jawbone. The jawbone will then be allowed to heal around the implant to hold it firmly in place. The dentist will then complete the process by securing a post onto the implant and place a crown or artificial tooth that resembles you natural teeth.

Does implant placement take a long time?

Once the implant is placed, usually an hour or two, healing can begin. Healing can take three to six months depending on certain factors. If you are a candidate, a temporary tooth or teeth can be placed during the healing phase. Once healed the permanent tooth replacement can usually be completed in two to three weeks.

How do I care for my implant?

You care for your dental implant teeth just as you would your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss as well as see your dentist every three to six months for dental cleanings to maintain your health. If there are any specific needs for maintaining your dental implants your dentist will let you know.

The right choice

The dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

 

Tips for Caring For Your Dentures at Home

iStock_000015728436SmallDentures are becoming more and more comfortable and more and more natural-looking. This is mostly due to evolutions in dental technology. With the ability to achieve such a beautiful smile with a dental prosthesis also comes the responsibility of caring for your denture at home to maintain its appearance.

Many patients that are fitted for dentures do not realize that dentures take as much effort to maintain as your natural teeth would – perhaps even more. First and foremost denture-wearers still have to visit the dentist for check-ups and cleanings. These semi-annual visits give your dentist the opportunity to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and not injuring your mouth.

At home, you should plan to remove your dentures when cleaning them. Grip them firmly but easily as not to loosen any of the teeth. Also, you should always hold them over a towel or a sink full of water in order to avoid damage to your denture if accidentally dropped.

You should be sure to always use cooler water to clean your denture, as very hot water can cause some of its components to warp. Finally, brush your dentures after every meal to remove debris and soak them in a denture cleaning solution every evening. When you remove your denture from your mouth, take the opportunity to clean your gums as well. This will help eliminate bacteria within your mouth and keep your denture clean and fresh feeling.

If you are a new denture wearer and would like additional tips or information regarding how to care for your new dental device, contact Lerner & Lemongello today.

Feel Comfortable in Your New Dentures

Have you found yourself in need of full arch dentures? There are a number of reasons that patients of all backgrounds may suddenly require a denture device. Perhaps gum disease, tobacco use, trauma or age has caused you to lose your natural teeth. If this is the case you can rest assured that the professional team at Lerner and Lemongello are highly trained in denture creation and fitting and can give you a beautiful new smile.

However, no matter how beautiful your new smile, most patients will still need some time to grow accustomed to having a dental device in their mouth full time. In order to transition to denture wearing it is important to resume your normal activities slowly.

Some patients are fitted with dentures immediately after their teeth are pulled, which can only add to the temporary discomfort that your gums feel. However, if you begin wearing dentures after your gums have time to heal you may alleviate this discomfort.

Additionally, you should plan to reduce your chances of discomfort by starting slowly with foods and beverages. Consume foods that are soft in the beginning and slowly work your way up to your normal diet of foods. This will prevent early shifting or movement of your newly fitted dentures and as a result avoid rubbing and pain of the gums.

Finally, talk to your dentist about any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing as a result of your new dentures. Ibuprofen may help reduce any early swelling of your gums – but it’s best to speak to a dental professional about your unique experience.

If you’re ready for full denture devices or have questions about the comfort of your new dentures contact Lerner and Lemongello today.

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