Posts for tag: dentures

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to restore your teeth? Do you want a cost-effective solution and treatment that will last you? If that's the case, then look no denturesfurther. Dr. Stephen Harris, your Farmington, MI, dentist can help you.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million people have about one missing tooth and around 36 million people do not have any teeth at all in the USA, which makes dentures a great way to restore your smile, and around 15 percent of individuals who have missing teeth get dentures every year.

Types of Dentures:

  • Removable partial dentures, also known as semi-permanent, are attached with retention clasps to dental implants or already-existing natural teeth. You can take them out to clean them whenever you want.
  • Fixed dental bridges such as conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges are permanent.

How to care for dentures?

It's important to know how to take care of your dentures. Here are a few tips:

  • Rinse your dentures while they're in your mouth to get rid of any food particles or debris.
  • Clean your cheeks, gums, the roof of your mouth and tongue while brushing your teeth so as to eliminate bad breath.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a cleanser to cleaning your dentures.
  • Fully immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth to prevent them from becoming misshaped.

Consultation:

The health of your teeth is of the utmost importance. If you're thinking about dentures and need to consult your dentist Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington, MI, for more information, then don't hesitate to call (248) 478-4755 and make an appointment today!

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
April 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your dentist has recommended dentures, you've probably got a few questions. Dr. Stephen Harris, your dentist in Farmington Hills, MI, dentureshas extensive experience with prescribing, designing and fitting dentures for his patients. He wants to make sure each patient has the knowledge and understanding they need to make good decisions about their oral health, which is why he discusses the types of dentures he offers at his dental practice.

What are dentures?

Dentures have been around for many centuries as a way to replace missing teeth. You've likely heard that our first President, George Washington, wore wooden dentures. According to the History Channel, the bases of his dentures were actually made from brass and the teeth were from both human donors and a hippopotamus! As you can imagine, these dentures were uncomfortable and didn't function very well. Today, dentures are much more comfortable and realistic. The "false teeth" your Farmington dentist uses are typically made from a plastic base, called acrylic, that is designed to be the color and texture of gum tissue; this base holds resin or porecelin teeth that look just like the real thing.

What kind of dentures do I need?

Although a thorough evaluation from your Farmington dentist will determine your best course of action, your dentures will be one of two styles: full or partial. Full dentures, also called complete dentures, replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaws. Partial dentures fill in gaps when there are still healthy natural teeth remaining. While full dentures take several months to prepare, partials are inserted on the same day. Both types of dentures require removal at night for cleaning; Dr. Harris will make sure you understand the cleaning routine.

Dentures can make a huge difference in your smile and eating habits, so if you think you might benefit from them, contact Dr. Harris' dental office in Farmington, MI, today!

When you lose one or more teeth, it can have a major effect on your appearance when you smile. Some people stop smiling altogether, denturesin photos and social settings, due to tooth loss. But you shouldn't give up on your smile -- there are solutions at the dentist's office. Partial or complete dentures and implants are common treatments offered by Dr. Stephen Harris in Farmington Hills, MI. Let Dr. Harris and his team show you why a loss of teeth doesn't have to mean the loss of your smile.

Dealing with Tooth Loss
It's estimated that over half of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can happen due to injury, (usually in the course of intense physical activity), progressive tooth decay, an untreated abscess or gum disease. When a tooth is missing it not only makes smiling awkward, it can also have an effect on how you pronounce words and eat food. The open socket could also become susceptible to trapped food particles that could lead to gum disease.

You Have Options
Some people look at the loss of a tooth as a problem that they'll have to manage forever, but there are a number of viable solutions at your dentist's office. Here are the options your Farmington Hills dentist will discuss with you:

  • Partial dentures (removable) to fill in one or more missing tooth.
  • Full dentures (removable) that will replace an entire row of missing teeth.
  • A dental implant to permanently replace a single missing tooth.
  • An implant-supported denture appliance that locks your dentures into place for a more secure fit.

Caring for Your Smile After Tooth Loss and Replacement
There are steps you can take to ensure the ongoing good health of your teeth and gums after a tooth has been replaced with one of the aforementioned solutions. Take special care to clean around the base of each natural or implanted tooth with your brush and floss everyday. Do not allow food to remain between your teeth overnight to avoid the development of plaque. If you have a denture, soak it in a denture solution regularly and brush it to remove food particles and bacteria. Most importantly, visit your dentist's office at least twice per year for professional cleanings.

Call for a Tooth Consultation
Don't stop smiling after tooth loss—explore solutions with Dr. Harris instead. Call his Farmington Hills, MI office at (248) 478-4755 today to find out which tooth replacement option will be right for you.

By Stephen R. Harris, DDS
June 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  
DoYourDenturesandMouthaFavorTakeThemOutatNight

People who’ve lost all their teeth have benefitted from a solution that’s been around for generations: removable dentures. These appliances have helped millions of people chew and eat food, speak, and smile confidently.

But for all their benefits (including affordability) there’s still some things you need to do to get the most out of them like cleaning them daily or having us check them regularly for damage and wear. And, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do: wear them around the clock. Not removing them when you sleep at night can harm your oral health and reduce your dentures’ longevity.

Dentures are fitted to rest on the gums and the bony ridges that once held your natural teeth. This exerts pressure on the underlying bone that can cause it to gradually dissolve (resorb). This loss in bone volume eventually loosens your denture’s fit. If you’re wearing them all the time, the process progresses faster than if you took them out each night.

The under surfaces of dentures are also a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Besides unpleasant odors and irritation, these microorganisms are also the primary cause for dental disease. Research has found that people who sleep in their dentures have higher occurrences of plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants that cause periodontal (gum) disease. They’re also more prone to higher levels of yeast and the protein interleukin-6 in the blood, which can trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.

To avoid these and other unpleasant outcomes, you should develop a few important habits: remove and rinse your dentures after eating; brush them at least once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap or a denture cleanser (not toothpaste, which can be too abrasive); and take them out when you sleep and place them in water or an alkaline peroxide-based solution.

Be sure you also brush your gums and tongue with an extra soft toothbrush (not your denture brush) or wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth. This will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.

Taking these steps, especially removing dentures while you sleep, will greatly enhance your well-being. Your dentures will last longer and your mouth will be healthier.

If you would like more information on denture care and maintenance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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Stephen R. Harris, DDS

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34024 W 8 Mile Rd., Ste. 106
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