Improvements in tissue regeneration and integration of implants has been a major area of ongoing research and developments in past decade. A revolutionary material has been produced and put forth by a respectable bio research firm Straumann AG and is available to dental professionals in Canada. Not coincidental but Straumann’s motto is “simply doing more”. The makeup of Emdogain http://www.straumann.ca/en/professionals/products-and-solutions/regenerative-solutions/tissue-regeneration.html is designed to achieve tissue regeneration in the mouth by stimulating the biological processes of natural tooth development. The development of Emdogain® is based on a breakthrough in the knowledge of the basic biology of matrix proteins, a complex of native pre natal proteins that play a key role in the development of tooth-supporting tissues. Comprised of various proteins, which self-assemble to create this matrix, Emdogain® replicates the formation of cementum on the roots of teeth and/or stimulates bone formation.
On a more practical scale, it helps regain whats lost in your mouth, tissues like bone or tooth/bone attachment. How is it important, you ask? Emdogain is most beneficial as a helping agent in implant restorations, in particular a surgical phase of implant placements. Think of it as a secret booster juice for the bone. If the bone is feeling weak, it will never grab a hold of the implant and your body would think that newly placed implant is a splinter. Subsequently weak bone will eventually reject the newly placed dental implant. This is a very simple explanation as to why some implants stay and some are rejected. As you can see utilizing Emdogain is critical in some if not all of the cases. Even though Emdogain is a revolutionary material and has been produced by Straumann more then fifteen years ago sadly it is still rarely used. Often I am confronted with difficult situations in my daily practice: treating patients that undergone unsuccessful implant treatments elsewhere. In compromised cases Emdogain has proven a great success clinically over long term. If you have any questions simply get in touch with us. For now, take care of yourselves and the ones you love.
Two days ago one of my patients told me that he discovered a new amazing way to clean his dentures. The educating article (I will post the link here when he forwards it to me) based on a deep research – NOT! – suggests that there’s no better way to clean your dentures than to soak them in …. milk. Yes, milk! The one you pour on your cereal and add to your coffee! Ok, you might say, it cannot be that bad; maybe there is a positive aspect to it.
Let me explain something. Our mouths are full of anaerobic bacteria, bacteria that do not live or grow in the presence of oxygen. In addition, on a microscopic level, the material used to make dentures has a porous structure, so any bacteria that thrive in a sweet or acid environment will spread faster than lightning if, instead of using —— , you soak your dentures in milk. So how ethical it is to give advice if you either don’t know what you are talking about or are purposely offering a harmful recommendation?
A recent article by NY Times Magazine is another example of “great advice”.
“I always took care of my teeth,” says a 73-year-old woman. But even so, she was told she needed a crown — an artificial cap — at a cost of about $2,000.” And the next sentence tells us that “since she and her husband lack dental coverage, she opted for a less expensive filling.”
You don’t have to read the entire article to understand the quality of advice that is being provided. If you always take care of your teeth, you will not need a crown all of a sudden. Moreover, you cannot replace a crown with a filling – it’s like replacing a cast with a bandage. The only reason such a suggestion could be made is not to lose a customer and to make as much cash as possible rather than letting them go.
So, can we put the blame on our patient who intends to clean his dentures with milk or can we blame the old woman for trusting her dentist who offers ineffective preventive treatments, and now recommends replacing a crown with a filling? Or perhaps we should ask ourselves whether the definition of a word “professional” is lost, and real professionalism is buried under the piles of marketing and sales tactics that companies use to attract patients.
So, how do you define “professional”?
As clients and patients, we have to understand that while our subjective feelings and experience might define the quality of one type of service, this cannot be applied to other services. For example, we can be objective when it comes to food or, let’s say, a haircut. You either like it or not. But can you give an objective opinion on the work of your car mechanic if you have no idea what’s under the hood? The answer is no, and you will base your judgement on something you can like or dislike, such as an appearance of the shop, a polite receptionist, and other details that have no relation to how well your car is going to perform.
Unfortunately, most medical care providers try to sell you on experience. We believe that, when it comes to your health, the actual service must go first: an uncompromising approach to patients’ health and well-being rather than a jar of sweets on the receptionist’s desk.
Wikipedia tells us that “a professional is a member of a profession. The term also describes the standards of education and training that prepare members of the profession with the particular knowledge and skills necessary to perform the role of that profession. In addition, most professionals are subject to strict codes of conduct enshrining rigorous ethical and moral obligations.”
So how do you find a person that has knowledge and skills, follows strict codes of conduct and bases their practice on ethical and moral obligations?
We believe that education is the only way to make the right decisions. Living in an information age can bring as much disadvantage as advantage. It’s all about your approach to information. Educate yourself. Learn more about the service provider you are choosing. And try to stay impervious to the wrap that marketing pros use as a bait for naive patients.
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Often when trying to decide if the time has come to get full dentures it can be both emotional and scary. Your Dentist should be the fist person to help you with this decision. Often if you have gotten to this point of oral health then there has likely been ongoing issues with your teeth. You likely have been fighting to keep them or just have given up completely. There are many factors to consider when deciding what to do next so talking it over with your dentists and then talking to a good denturist is the next step. Sometimes saving the teeth you can and getting a Partial denture could be the answer , but often a full mouth extraction is necessary combine with immediate dentures.
Talk to both your dentist and your denturists to decide the best course , a good denturist will be in direct communication with the dentist and work hand in hand to determine timing and best treatments. Alternatives like denture retained implants and mini implants will also be presented to you. Read other articles here : Dentures
You may be surprised at how much better life is with dentures than with missing teeth or partially missing teeth! Lack of discomfort chewing , full mouth smiling ,and general confidence are often the benefits of getting dentures. People are often surprised how much better life is after delaying having dentures , with out dentures people with tooth problems drink how liquids on one side of their mouth , chew differently and avoid smiling!
Ask questions , get answers but don’t be afraid to choose dentures you might be surprised at how much better you feel!
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Denture and Oral Care
Its very important to see your denturist at least once a year for checkups. Often this treatment is overlooked and sometimes not even done by some practitioners. Often patients don’t bother with a checkup because everything seems fine, the dentures are fitting well and no pain or discomfort is occurring. We it may be true there are no issues , the reasons for regular checkups are numerous and important for a denture wearer. One of the most important reason for a checkup is bone loss and gum shrinkage.
One of the problems with full mouth tooth loss is the jaw bone tends to wear down over time with dentures. Poor fitting dentures or slippage may cause wear on the bones in your mouth , this can cause pain of course but also wear on the bone will cause your jaw and upper bone area to wear down. This in turn causes you dentures to fit looser and looser , causing more wear on bones. Regular checks can asses bone loss and adjust dentures as need to prevent this. Your bones in your mouth also tend to shrink over time without teeth to support them , this shrinkage can also affect the look of your face. The denturist can also check your gums for shrinkage and adjust your dentures. This can prevent sore spots and general problems chewing which can lead to more health conditions.
One of the best solutions to these problems is implant retained dentures. This involves having 4 posts permanently implanted into your jaw to support your dentures. This solution prevents movement of the dentures and also provides support for the bones in your mouth. This prevents wear and shrinkage , and generally has a much more natural feeling.
It is advisable also for denture wearer to have regular oral cancer screening. In some cases denture wearers are more prone to oral cancer , that combine with the older age bracket of denture wearers the risk is higher. Denturists are your first line of defence in your oral health and should do a an oral exam each year to check for any possible signs of cancer.
Pearl Denture Care the industry leading denture recall process to ensure your oral health and denture are cared for …..its in our name after all! Call us for appointment to have your dentures cared for!
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Calgary, Alberta, T3G 0B4
Microorganisms, like Candida albicans, will grow on dentures in the mouth in the same way that dental plaque will grow on a person’s natural teeth. This can result in Candida associated denture induced stomatitis, a condition that leads to inflammation and redness of oral mucous membranes.
Over time, the biofilm that develops on dentures may harden and become difficult if not impossible to remove. Denture cleaners remove not only the biofilm, but also stains and other forms of debris that food and tobacco use may cause on dentures. Many denture cleaners have sodium hypochlorite as their primary cleaning ingredient. This is mixed with sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, potassium monopersulfate, and sodium perborate to produce the cleaning effect.
Types of Denture Cleaners
Denture cleaners can be broken into four categories. There are pastes, solutions, wipes, and tablets. Each one of these options has advantages and disadvantages. A denture wearer does not have to rely exclusively on one of the four types of denture cleaners. In fact, in the same way that it is recommended that a person brush, floss, and use mouthwash to maintain their natural teeth, it is also recommended that a denture wearer mix and match these four types of cleaners in order to have the best effect.
This product is very similar to toothpaste. The only difference between denture paste and toothpaste is that denture paste is made using a formula that is a lot more gentle. The reason for this is that dentures are not as strong as a person’s natural teeth. A paste that is too abrasive can damage dentures. It is recommended that denture paste be used regularly after every meal. It is applied using a toothbrush.
Tablets are effervescent denture cleaners. What this means is that when the tablet interacts with water, it creates a fizz. The chemicals contained in the tablet remove stain and breakdown plaque buildup on dentures. At the same time, the movement of the water created by the fizzing helps in the denture cleaning process. Some tablets are designed to clean dentures in just a few minutes, while others are formulated to work overnight.
Denture cleaning solutions work similarly to tablets. The denture user will place their dentures in a container with water and add a few drops of the solution to the water. In most cases, denture solutions are not effervescent. Whether a person is using tablets or solutions, it is not recommended to soak dentures in hot water since hot water can minimize the structural integrity of dentures.
Denture cleaning wipes are not made to do deep cleaning or to penetrate into the crevices of the dentures like other cleaning solutions do. They are simply designed to provide a quick, superficial cleaning until the dentures can be soaked or brushed.
In the same way that oral care is important for individuals with their natural teeth, keeping dentures clean is essential to maintaining overall health. It prevents infections, irritations, and promotes a clean mouth and fresh breath.
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Denture wearers have long been told they cant eat certain food , This can be true in certain circumstances but giving up food that you love and crave be really hard. Some foods should be avoided but not necessarily give up completely. Some of the often suggested food not to eat are:
Crazy about nuts? Almonds, cashews , Peanuts ect! these are really hard to give up but anyone who has dentures and has eaten them before knows that they tend to get under your dentures and agitate your gums. Kinda like having a rock inside your shoe! What can you do if you love nuts? try other salty alternatives , Olives for example, or Pickles, Grapes and berries are also a good alternative.
This is a tough one , who doesn’t love a good steak? While it can be hard on your gums and tough to chew i don’t recommend giving up steak per say . A couple of ways around this are to eat better cuts of steak – Buy tenderloin or very to chew cuts. Stay away from tough steak ( not mention its not as good). Another way is to cut your pieces smaller – make it easier to chew them up and less work for your dentures.
everyone loves strawberries?Unfortunately the little seeds are a major irritant to dentures and can cause pain to the gums. its like going to bed with sand in your sheets ! The best choice instead one of the fruits that have little or no seeds like blueberries, or grapes
Ju-Jubes, Carmel , stick candy is the worst for your dentures , likely they will get stuck into your dentures, or cause them to to stick together. If you have partial they they can can tangle inside the clasps . Some types of gum if you chew gum is bad as well. If you like candy or gum just stay away from the stick stuff, chose alternatives like Ice cream or cake.
Popcorn cause problems not just to denture wearer but also non denture wearers. Lots of people broken teeth on popcorn just due to the fact that often you will bit down one a un-popped kernel! Popcorn husks often can wedge them selves under your denture and cause pain as well can be difficult to get out with fulling removing your denture. Eating other types of snacks like chips could be a better choice , even softer types of snack like veggies chips would be an even better choice.
Dentures don’t have ruin your eating choice , you just have to decide what less problematic foods for your personal situation. Staying away from certain food can make your denture wearing much easier on you. Visit Us on Facebook and our Youtube Channel
1.Regular Checkups even if your dentures fit perfect are needed
You should go at least once a for a checkup from your denturist, A denturist will screen for signs of oral cancer , check dentures for wear , and ensure no bone loss is occurring. Also denture need to be checked for unusual wear. Your gums need to be checked regularly to ensure there are issues such as inflammation or soreness.
2. Dentures don’t last forever and may need replacing.
Most dentures (if properly cared for) last between 5-6 years. After that they will likely need to replaced. There are 2 types of dentures premium and standard. Standard dentures are made from less expensive materials and tend to break down after 5 years or even less depending on where you had them made. Premium dentures tends to last longer and have a better wear retention. If your dentures have wear spots, or any cracks or chips you need to have looked at immediately.
3. People Who wear denture can eat normal foods
There is a myth that denture wearers need to adjust there eating habits. This simply is not true, most denture wearers can eat mostly everything. The truth is with dentures lots of people can eat more than they did when they had some of their natural teeth! There are still a few foods denture wearers should be wary about , things like nuts and sticky foods but other than that most time dentures actually aid the digestion of food because they are sharper than some natural teeth!
4. Don’t fix your own dentures!
If you have a accident with your denture , don’t try to fix it yourself! Todays dentures are made from high grade acrylics and its not advisable to try to glue them or fix them. You will likely affect the fit or comfort of the denture which could lead to more troubles. Your local certified Denturist often can fix the problem quickly with a small cost. Also if your denture is breaking or cracking it might be time to look at new ones!
5. Wearing Dentures can sometimes improve speech.
If you have had severe tooth loss most of your life likely your speaking has made adjustments you were even unaware of. Maybe your speech is not as clear as it used to be simply because of tooth loss. Once you get denture there will be a period of adjustment necessary but often there is dramatic improvement of speech once you get used to the denture.
6. Not all Dentures are the same!
Looking for dentures based on pricing is not a great idea there are many grades of dentures and shopping for the lease expensive is often a bad idea. Its a good idea to check with your insurance to see what you plan covers. The cheaper the denture the less time it will last and the worse the fit and look. Premium dentures look more like natural teeth, and last much longer. Often you get what you pay for.
NEW TO DENTURES?
New denture users require time to get accustomed to their brand-new “teeth,” because even the best-fitting dentures will certainly feel unpleasant. To get accustomed to chewing with a brand-new denture, begin with soft, easy-to-chew foods.
How do you care for a denture?
- Denture adhesives may be recommended, especially for the newbie denture wearer. Adhesives could improve the retention and stability of dentures for those with minimal bone support or small ridges. Stability of the denture will assist the user’s self-confidence.
- take out the denture and clean it daily with a denture cleanser and a brush (one particularly created for cleaning dentures or a soft toothbrush).
- Stay clear of making use of boiling water to disinfect the denture, since hot water can cause the denture to lose its shape.
- If you wear a partial denture, take it out prior to brushing your natural teeth.
- When you’re not using the denture, soak it in denture cleanser or water.
- To prevent losing your denture, put it in a denture case in the same place all the time
Visit Your Denturist
With age, your mouth will remain to alter as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a correct fit with time, it may be required to adjust your denture or potentially remake your denture. Never ever try to adjust a denture yourself, and do not use denture adhesives for an extended period because this can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, consult your denturist.
Alternative to Dentures?
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants and bridges might resemble the “feel” of genuine teeth, however they do cost more than dentures.
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