Posts for tag: dentures

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
July 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.

As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.

Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.

Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.

Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.

Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.

Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The American College of Prosthodontists, dentists who specialize in replacing missing teeth, estimates that 178 million Americans have denturesat least one missing tooth. In that large population, around 15 percent are completely toothless (edentulous). Results include lack of self-confidence, poor chewing and speaking and jaw bone recession.

How can people regain their smiles? Dr. Mazhar M. Butt, Carbondale, IL dentist, offers state-of-the-art restorative dental services which fill smile gaps and re-create stable, strong, beautiful teeth for best appearance and normalized oral function. He crafts partial and full dentures using precise diagnostic and imaging techniques and the finest materials available.

What is a Partial Denture?

A partial denture spans the gap created by loss of one or more teeth right in a row. Made from tooth-colored resin and mounted on a Vitallium metal frame, a "partial" anchors to adjacent teeth with clasps. Removable, comfortable and individually crafted for best fit, bite and appearance, the partial denture allows a patient to smile, eat and speak with confidence. With good care, this appliance lasts 10 years or more.

What are Full Dentures?

A full denture replaces a complete top or bottom arch of teeth. Held in place by the mouth's natural suction, or supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jaw, a full denture allows a patient to chew properly, speak clearly and look youthful.

Sometimes, Dr. Butt places immediate full dentures right after tooth extraction. These prosthetics actually provide some gentle pressure to sutured gums, helping to quell bleeding. They also allow the patient to leave the dental office with a full set of teeth in place. As healing progresses and gums and bone shrink, the fit of an immediate denture changes, requiring relining for more accurate fit.

Conventional dentures are placed after oral tissues are completely healed. This ensures a better, longer-lasting fit.

The Denture Process

After Dr. Butt and the patient determine which option is best, the Carbondale dentist takes oral impressions and sends a treatment plan to an outside lab. A skilled denture technician crafts the denture based on diagnostic imaging and Dr. Butt's instructions. Dr. Butt takes great care to ensure proper fit, bite balance and aesthetics; so the patient can expect a few dental visits to adjust a denture after initial placement.

What's Right for You?

Together, you and Dr. Mazhar Butt determine what tooth replacement option is best for your oral health and overall well-being. Regain your smile! Call Dr. Butt's friendly team today, and schedule your one-on-one denture consultation. Phone (618) 457-2123.

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone knows that George Washington wore false teeth. Quick, now, what were our first President's dentures made of?

Did you say wood? Along with the cherry tree, that's one of the most persistent myths about the father of our country. In fact, Washington had several sets of dentures — made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, and animal teeth, among other things — but none of them were made of wood.

Washington's dental troubles were well documented, and likely caused some discomfort through much of his life. He began losing teeth at the age of 22, and had only one natural tooth remaining when he took office. (He lost that one before finishing his first term.) Portraits painted several years apart show scars on his cheeks and a decreasing distance between his nose and chin, indicating persistent dental problems.

Dentistry has come a long way in the two-and-a-half centuries since Washington began losing his teeth. Yet edentulism — the complete loss of all permanent teeth — remains a major public health issue. Did you know that 26% of U.S. adults between 65 and 74 years of age have no natural teeth remaining?

Tooth loss leads to loss of the underlying bone in the jaw, making a person seem older and more severe-looking (just look at those later portraits of Washington). But the problems associated with lost teeth aren't limited to cosmetic flaws. Individuals lacking teeth sometimes have trouble getting adequate nutrition, and may be at increased risk for systemic health disorders.

Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of ways that the problem of tooth loss can be overcome. One of the most common is still — you guessed it — removable dentures. Prosthetic teeth that are well-designed and properly fitted offer an attractive and practical replacement when the natural teeth can't be saved. Working together with you, our office can provide a set of dentures that feel, fit, and function normally — and look great too.

There are also some state-of-the art methods that can make wearing dentures an even better experience. For example, to increase stability and comfort, the whole lower denture can be supported with just two dental implants placed in the lower jaw. This is referred to as an implant supported overdenture. This approach eliminates the need for dental adhesives, and many people find it boosts their confidence as well.

If you have questions about dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Removable Full Dentures” and “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”