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The Face of Tooth Loss: How Missing Teeth and Dental Implants Affect Facial Structure

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 8:22 pm
Patient looking into the mirror after getting dental implants

Have you ever thought about the negative side of tooth loss? If you have, chances are you focused on its effects on your smile and chewing ability. However, what many patients don’t realize is that losing teeth can also significantly change the shape and structure of your face! But how is that possible? Continue reading to learn how tooth loss affects your appearance and how dental implants can help!


My Dental Implant Feels Loose… What Do I Do?

December 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 8:17 am
Someone pointing to a dental implant in their mouth

Dental implants are famed for their incredible durability. They regularly last over 30 years, and many last a lifetime if you take care of them properly. With them being as strong as they are, it’s easy to feel like they’re invincible.

So if you notice that your dental implant feels loose you may scarcely be able to believe it. Here’s what that could mean for you, and what your immediate next steps should be.


This Isn’t a Joke: Denture Patients Should Kick the Smoke

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 9:34 pm

Dentures can be a fantastic way to restore a smile after extensive tooth loss, but they can require the patient to make a few lifestyle changes to keep them in working order for the long haul. While it’s well known that smoking is bad for your teeth, it can also cause significant problems for people who wear dentures. Here are some of the ways smoking is bad for your false teeth and why it’s a great idea to quit the habit.


Tooth Loss Impacts Everyone: Which is Why Dentures Aren’t Just for Seniors!

September 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 2:49 pm
a smiling young adult

Imagine a person in bed who’s about to put their dentures in a glass of room temperature water before going to sleep—who do you envision? Are they older? Culturally, dentures have been associated with seniors, and while this may feel like a harmless association, it isn’t exactly true. Tooth loss doesn’t discriminate, so people of all ages could benefit from this tried-and-true restorative dental treatment. Read on to learn more about dentures and whether they’re right for you.


Do You Have Dentures? Avoid These Foods

August 31, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 3:02 pm
Plate of raw vegetables with dip

Do you have dentures? Your prosthetic can provide you with many benefits, including the ability to eat a wide variety of foods. However, since your replacement teeth do not have the same chewing power as the natural ones that you lost, you should avoid or limit certain foods. This guide is here to help you steer clear of items that could harm your dentures or your oral tissues.


What’s That Bitter Taste in My Mouth?

June 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 8:16 pm
Woman sticks out tongue in disgust.

Ever notice a strange, bitter taste in your mouth that just won’t go away? A persistent alteration of taste in the mouth is called dysgeusia, and it can remain until the problem causing it is addressed. People with the condition report bitter, salty, metallic, foul, or rancid tastes, and it can interfere with enjoying food or drink or prove distracting from the activities of everyday life.

While regular oral hygiene is usually enough to control persistent bad tastes, some cases can be more serious and require professional intervention. Read on to learn more about the causes.


When Can You Get Your Dentures After Having Teeth Removed?

May 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 1:07 pm
older man eating sandwich

Once someone has decided to get dentures and fully restore their smile, you can imagine that they don’t want to wait any longer than they have to. In many cases, however, some or all of their remaining teeth need to be removed before they receive their prosthetic to ensure the most secure and lasting fit. Because of this, patients often have to wait after their extractions before they can receive their new teeth, but for how long on average? It turns out that the answer is it depends, but you’ll find much more clarity if you read on below.


How Long is the Wait Between Having Teeth Removed and Getting Dentures?

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 1:04 pm
Close-up of a senior person’s hand holding dentures

When first getting full dentures, it’s important to realize that the process will take multiple steps. In particular, any teeth that are still in the arch will have to be removed. So, once the necessary tooth extractions have been performed, when will you be able to get dentures? The answer is different for every patient, but your dentist can give you an idea of what the timeline will look like.


It’s Bedtime & My Tooth Hurts…What Should I Do?  

March 29, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 12:25 pm
young woman trying to sleep

It has been a long day, and you’ve done everything you need to before going to bed. There is just one thing: your tooth is throbbing. What started as a dull ache is now a toothache that is impossible to ignore. Oddly enough, it seems to start really hurting right before you go to bed. Why is this happening, and more importantly, what can you do to make it stop so you can get some shuteye? As it turns out, this isn’t a unique problem, so there are a few simple solutions you can take advantage of right away.


Which Dental Emergencies Cause Facial Pain?

January 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cascobay @ 7:55 pm
woman experiencing facial pain

There are many reasons why you may experience facial discomfort, which is most often felt in the face, cheeks, or forehead. Since it refers to a symptom rather than a condition, there several potential underlying causes. In some cases, the problems can be difficult to navigate on your own. The first step to receiving effective treatment is understanding the possible facial pain causes. Read on to learn which dental emergencies can lead to this discomfort!

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