Beachton Dental Center
2515 Highway 319 S.
Thomasville, GA 31792
- Monday – Thursday7:30am – 4:30pm
- (Closed for lunch 11:30am – 1:30-pm)
- FridaySpecial Appointment Scheduling Only
- 7:30am – 4pm
- (No Patients are seen on Fridays)
Beachton Makes a Difference in Lifestyles
At Beachton Dental Center, we believe in patient education in order to provide you with the most comprehensive care. Using these tips and infobites, we hope it helps ease your mind as you transition into life with your new dentures.
What to Expect During the Denture Fitting Process
You and Dr. McFatter have determined you are in need of dentures, now what? Let’s go over the multi-step process from beginning to end so you know what to expect throughout the traditional denture fitting process. (This will vary depending on the type of denture we’ve selected for you.)
The first thing to be done is a thorough examination of your mouth; as well as your health profile, your goals, diet and lifestyle. Then, we’ll discuss the options available for you in terms of price, materials, and esthetic options. Once we’ve determined the route we are going to take, it’s time for the impressions of your mouth, these impressions will be used to create custom-made dentures bases for your dentures.
Next comes the fun part as we work together to select the size, shape and color of your new teeth to ensure the best possible match to your natural teeth. Finally, your dentures will be made by Dr. Bill or one of our expert lab technicians, and they will be inserted to check the fit and feel and the necessary adjustments will be done to correct the common issues of sore spots.
Once you’ve received your new dentures, we’ll go over proper adhesive techniques, maintenance and care. Over the next days, weeks, and months, you will need to see us for adjustments. These adjustment are free for the first year to help you transition to new dentures (we just ask that you bring a can of food as a donation to the food bank). Not all patients are the same and sometimes other procedures may be needed to help improve your individual denture experience and our long experience in this area of dentistry can help us determine which additional services you may need as we work through your case. It’s important to express any concerns or issues you may be having with your new dentures so we can provide you with the best possible care. Dentures can be a very difficult thing for people to get use to and our experience can help determine what limitations we can address successfully in your individual case If you don’t tell us…we don’t know. Knowledge is power for all of us!
Physical Effects of Tooth Loss
Whether the tooth loss is natural from aging or the result of an accident, proper dental care is vital to one’s health and happiness. Tooth loss can affect the jawbone, the support of the face and mouth and finally, it can affect a person’s overall health. Below is a quick overview of each of the issues and how getting fitted for dentures with Dr. McFatter can prevent you from experiencing these problems.
One of the biggest issues associated with tooth loss is the deterioration of the jawbone over time. Scientific studies have shown that the force created by chewing is transmitted from the teeth into the bone; this is how we naturally preserve the bone density. When there are no teeth to cause this force, bone loss will occur. This bone loss can spread into other parts of the facial bone structure, causing the deep, hollowed out look that many people possess after tooth loss. One of the best ways to combat this bone loss is with dental implants, as they best mimic the force that natural teeth have on the bone.
Along with bone deterioration, one can experience decreasing of the gum tissue that covers the jawbones. Then, through daily denture wear, sore spots and lesions can occur. Another issue at hand is the tongue may enlarge in order to fill the void created by the lack of teeth. Furthermore, the overall musculature of the mouth will be affected leading to muscle atrophy from the inability to chew food well and exercise the muscles; this also contributes to that sunk-in look.
Finally, the overall health of an individual may be affected by tooth loss as studies have shown a lowered chewing performance and lowered ability to chew the nutritious food like fruits and vegetables. This can lead to depleted vitamin levels, intestinal complications and some reports have even shown a correlation between dental health and major health issues such as stroke and heart disease.
At the Beachton Dental Center we can help you explore your best options either using dentures or implants or combinations of both.
Give us a call at 800-521-7275 or visit us at 2515 Highway 319 S., Thomasville, Georgia to set up your appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why choose a custom denture?
- Custom dentures, crafted for your specific mouth in terms of size, color, shape, and fit will result from a series of appointments. We will measure your mouth, and preview the set of the teeth until you get the exact look you had imagined. Our goal? Beautiful, custom fit dentures that look natural, are comfortable and restore your facial profile.
- Dentures don’t last forever.
- Nothing does. And while it’s true that the modern denture is more durable than ever before, you can still break a tooth or the denture base by simply dropping them a few inches. Even with painstaking care, denture teeth can lose their natural appearance and chewing ability due to the cumulative effects of chewing, brushing and age. Plus, your mouth changes over time. These gradual changes, coupled with the gradual changes in your denture, explain why you should visit your dental professional regularly.
- Even if your dentures fit perfectly, you should still see a dental professional regularly.
- Why? Mouth tissues can reveal signs of diseases, such as diabetes, that first manifest themselves in the mouth. Besides checking your dentures, dental professionals will also check for signs of oral cancer and other diseases, and examine your gum ridges, tongue and jaw joints.
- No one has to know you’re wearing dentures.
- No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dental professional use their experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.
- How can implants help a denture wearer
- Traditional dentures (partial and full upper and lower) are made to be removable, allowing patients to have a full new smile that is durable and easy to clean. However, even dentures that are well-fitted can become loose or float within the mouth, making eating confidently difficult and speech somewhat peculiar. For many years, denture adhesives were a patient’s only option for stabilization. Approved by the FDA, implants – also known as denture stabilization implants – are made of small titanium facets that stabilize dentures and hold them in place while in use.
- Denture wearers can speak more clearly.
- The ability to speak clearly depends on subtle interactions involving your tongue, teeth, lips, cheeks and the roof of your mouth. A denture that’s properly fitted allows all five components to work together properly.
- Adhesives can play a role in your denture’s fit and comfort.
- Dentures are made to fit precisely and usually do not require regular use of an adhesive for comfort. That said, even people with properly fitting dentures may find an adhesive product provides extra security and peace of mind, especially for important occasions. And many people assert that adhesives increase the performance of even the best-fitting dentures. However, if your dentures begin to feel loose or cause pronounced discomfort, see your dental professional immediately. Some patients have extensive bone loss (ridge shrinkage) and consider themselves “dental cripples.” These patients may need to use adhesives daily with their dentures. Denture hygiene plays an extremely important role in preventing problems in this situation.
- Never try to make your own denture repairs.
- Do not try to adjust or repair your dentures yourself. Denture self-repair can cause irreparable damage and may result in the need for a new denture. Even do-it-yourself reliners can be bulky, causing increased pressure on the jaw and more rapid loss of jawbone, and they can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.