Can Dentures Cause Ear Pain?

The ear is a complex system that may seem isolated, but it’s integrated with many adjacent parts of the body. For example, tubes connect the ear to the back of your nasal airway. This can expose your ear to a risk of infection, although ear infections are most common in children. But the connection [...]

Can You Switch From Implant-Retained to Implant-Supported Dentures?

Many people quickly get fed up with the problems of dentures. The loose fit, the difficulty biting and chewing. The interference with talking and the inability to go out and hang with friends all quickly degrades your quality of life so that it can be hard to take. The next step up from loose [...]

Why Won’t My Dentures Stay in?

One of the biggest challenges denture wearers face is dentures that just don’t stay in place. This is very common and faced by many denture wearers every day. However, once you understand the causes, you can see that there are many good solutions to ensuring your dentures will stay in place. [...]

New Insight into How Washington’s Dentures Affected His Appearance

We’ve talked in the past about the dentures of our first president, George Washington. This included dispelling many of the myths about his dentures, such as the fact that they were never made of wood. Now a new dental scholar has looked at Washington’s dentures and called attention to the way they [...]

5 Reasons Not to Spend Another Year with Bad Dentures

If you’re unhappy with your dentures, you have probably been considering replacing them with better dentures that will make you happier. But sometimes it’s a long way from consideration to plan to achieving your goals, and this is probably not the first year you’ve been thinking about making the switch. But if it isn’t, here [...]

How to Not Be Friends with Your Denture Dentist: Threaten to Shoot Them

It’s been a while since we heard a crazy story of an unsatisfied denture patient. And this one takes the cake! A Florida man was arrested after making detailed threats to come down and shoot the dentist’s office. He couldn’t post his $10,000 bond and was sent to the county jail. But what makes this [...]

You Don’t Have to Be Afraid of Dentures

Our dentists have seen it many times before: people who have teeth that are in very bad shape. The teeth make it hard to chew. They are often painful, and they may even be a health risk. And, of course, the teeth are not very attractive, so people avoid smiling. But they won’t let their [...]

Emergency Surgery for Man Who Swallowed Dentures While Eating Soup

In the past, we have argued that it’s not good to say that denture wearers should just eat soup because it doesn’t reflect their nutritional and quality of life needs.  However, a new case shows that even eating soup may not be safe with poorly fitting dentures. This man from China swallowed [...]

Understanding Bone Resorption

Bone resorption is the process by which people lose bone mass. It happens to astronauts, the elderly, and especially denture wearers. Bone resorption in your jaw can make it so you don't have enough bone to support dentures, and may cause a fracture in your jaw. If you understand bone resorption, you can work [...]

How To Properly Use Denture Adhesives

There is some controversy about the use of denture adhesive, also called denture cream. According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), a professional organization of dentists trained to manufacture dentures and other dental prostheses, the best use of denture adhesive is to use none. They say that in properly fitting

Dentist Censured for Painful, 5-Hour Implant Denture Fitting Session

One of the problems many denture dentists face with dentures is that the procedure they learned is unscientific and therefore prone to error. And, when errors occur, dentists don’t have a good procedure to track down the errors scientifically. Instead, they keep following the same procedure, not knowing why it isn’t working. A great example [...]

Why Couldn’t Lenny Dykstra Eat with His Expensive New Dentures?

Last week, ex-pro baseball player Lenny Dykstra made the news again, but this time for something less spectacular than his on-field performance. Instead, Dykstra tweeted numerous times about the over 9 hours he spent diving through the trash looking for his dentures (sometimes helped by a wrestling clown--we’re totally serious!) Dykstra lost his dentures after [...]

I Can’t Get or Don’t Want Dental Implants. Can My Dentures Be Better?

Make no mistake: dental implants are the best option when you are looking to replace missing teeth. They have the best function, they’re the most secure, and they promote bone health. But not everybody can or wants to get dental implants. Does this mean that you’re stuck with no better options? Not [...]

Poorly Fitting Dentures Linked to More Bone Problems Than Dental Implants

For many years, we have believed that osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) was strongly associated with dental implant surgery. People who were at high risk for this complication were urged to get removable dentures rather than get dental implants. However, a new study shows that more people develop ostenecrosis of the jaw because of poor [...]

5 Tips for Long-Lasting Implant Dentures

Dental implants can last a lifetime--50 years and more. Not so implant dentures. However, making the right choices can make your implant dentures last longer, perhaps even 30 years. But there’s no guarantee. Dental implants can put more stress on dentures and can cause them to wear out faster if you’re not [...]

What Are Reasonable Expectations for Dentures?

There are many stories about people who are unsatisfied with dentures. Maybe they don’t fit well. Or perhaps they don’t let a person chew very well. Maybe the complaint is just that they look fake. Often in these cases, a dentist will just shrug their shoulders and say it isn’t their fault. [...]

5 Tooth Problems Cheap Dentures Won’t Fix

Although some people have to lose their teeth because they simply can’t be saved, others choose to remove their teeth to get dentures. They’re usually driven to this point by frequent problems with their teeth. They want a solution that is simple and final, something that can give them a break from their teeth problems. [...]

Do Your Dentures Make It Harder to Party Hearty?

We’ve just said goodbye to the holiday party season, and many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. It’s not just that entertaining is such hard work, but, it seems, parties can get to be less fun to attend as we get older. One significant factor in that can be our dentures

Are Poorly Fitting Dentures Worse in or Out?

Dentures are supposed to be a replacement for your lost teeth. However, many people find that their new dentures don’t fit well and are uncomfortable. This makes them want to not wear them. Not wearing your dentures can lead to problems. Of course, wearing poorly fitting dentures can also cause problems. If [...]

7 Good Reasons to Replace, Not Repair Your Broken Dentures

Did your dentures break? You might be wondering whether you should try to repair your old dentures or replace them with new dentures. This can be a tough decision, but here are five reasons why you might want to replace, not repair your dentures. Dentures Were Old Dentures don’t last forever. Sometimes [...]

Why People Who Hate Dentures Love FOY ® Dentures

If you talk to denture wearers about their dentures, the odds are good that they hate them. But if you ask people about their FOY ® Dentures, and they probably love them. But many FOY ® Dentures wearers used to have regular dentures--and they hated them! So why do people love FOY [...]

3 Innovations That Separate FOY ® Dentures from Traditional Dentures

FOY ® Dentures were developed by Dr. Rod Strickland to address problems with the traditional denture process that led to poor fit. But what are the innovations that make FOY ® Dentures so different from traditional dentures? Here are three key changes in the denture fitting process that help [...]

4 Reasons Why DNA Dentures Are Dubious

A dentist is claiming to have revolutionized the denture process with a novel addition: using your DNA to help improve the fit of your dentures. We don’t really know much about the process--the news article just says that the dentist “uses a combination of measurements, molds, and equations to help crack the [...]

Have Bad Digestion Since You Got Dentures? Here’s Why

Have you noticed more digestive problems since you got your dentures? Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon, especially if you have cheap dentures. Poorly made dentures can lead to many digestive problems. Here’s how, and here’s how high quality dentures can help you overcome the limitations. Improper Chewing Technique Traditional dentures [...]

Why Cheap Dentures Can Cost You Plenty

When it comes to dentures, many people are looking for a bargain. We understand. Dentures can be expensive, especially quality dentures that function properly and don’t look fake. You want to save money by finding a less expensive options. The problem is: cheap dentures aren’t actually less expensive. In fact, they can [...]

From Loose Teeth to Secure Dentures

In the past, dentists were reluctant to recommend that people have their teeth removed and replaced with dentures. That’s because traditional dentures were so loose that people usually lost much of the function of their natural teeth. It was part of a process of more general decline that stemmed from poor diet, infection risk from [...]

Why Do Dentures Wear Out Too Fast?

We know that traditional dentures are not intended to be lifetime restorations. They need to be replaced regularly. But you might have been hoping to get eight years or more out of a pair of dentures, but now your denture is worn down, uneven, or broken after just a few years of [...]

3D Printed Dentures Outperformed Traditional Dentures in Limited Trial

Three dimensional printing is a novel fabrication technique that holds much potential for the future. It is possible that one day 3D printing will become the method of choice for producing dentures, but there are many obstacles to overcome. In a new trial, researchers proved that 3D dentures could be better than [...]

Overuse of Denture Adhesive Paralyzes Man

Denture adhesive is at best a nuisance. It’s a sticky mess, and it never seems to work to really hold your dentures in place. However, it’s important that you not give in to the temptation to use more. It won’t help, and, as one man in the UK recently found out--it can [...]

4 Essential Functions Your Dentures Must Do

If you are getting dentures for the first time, you might be tempted to just accept whatever denture your current dentist offers. But before you do, take some time to consider what your dentures must do for you and make sure that your dentures will be up to the task. Here are the four essential [...]

Denture Fit Troubles Can Be Caused by Flabby Ridge

Our mouth develops around our teeth, and when our teeth are lost it can transform dramatically. That’s part of the reason why FOY® Dentures are necessary--they do a better job than traditional dentures of reversing some of the most visible changes in your mouth. But not all changes are so highly [...]

Are You More Likely to Get HPV If You Have Dentures?

A lot more attention has been focused on the human papilloma virus (HPV) since the introduction of the HPV vaccine. Now that there is a way to prevent this common infection, which has been linked to oral cancer as well as other cancers, people are promoting both the prevention methods and the risks of infection. [...]

Worst Places to Lose Your Dentures

Dentures are supposed to stay in your mouth, but if you have traditional dentures, they often don’t. And this can lead to some embarrassing moments when your dentures come out at inappropriate or inconvenient times. Here are some of the more unusual embarrassing places where people have lost their dentures. On the Road [...]

FOY® Dentures Can Help If You’re Demanding of Your Dentures

When it comes to denture wearers, there are many people who are content with dentures that have poor or marginal function. But there are many other people who just want more from their dentures. If you’re one of these demanding individuals, then FOY® Dentures can help you get what you [...]

Four Etiquette Rules for Dentures

Sometimes we don’t really have a sense of needing something until something makes it painfully obvious. For example, there aren’t good etiquette rules for people with dentures. Perhaps we never had a sense that we needed them until we saw people doing disgusting things with their dentures in public. Like the man who [...]

New Dentures Can Relieve TMJ Symptoms

Have you been experiencing symptoms like a popping jaw, jaw pain, headaches, and neck pain since you got dentures? Or maybe your dentures started out fine, but over time you have developed these kinds of symptoms. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and your dentures might be [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Save Dentures for Special Occasions

Dentures are meant to be worn all day every day. They provide many benefits that can help you enjoy a better quality of life. Some people with uncomfortable dentures, though, think of them as something that can only be tolerated for special occasions--like a party dress or old suit you barely fit in--but [...]

PMMA Continues to Shine as a Denture Base Material

Denture materials have come a long way since George Washington’s dentures were made out of ivory, hippo tusk, and, sometimes, human teeth. But for decades we have been making dentures with a base made out of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). And, based on some recent studies, we’ll likely keep using PMMA as a [...]

Are Dentures Irritating Your Tongue?

Dentures are supposed to be comfortable. You should be able to put them in when you wake up and keep them in all day--except for maybe a quick cleaning or two--without feeling really uncomfortable. Unfortunately, many dentures are just too uncomfortable to be worn for a full day. They can cause irritation of [...]

The Patterns of Bone Remodeling with Denture Wear

If you have lost your teeth, your body will automatically begin to remove the the bone that used to support your teeth. The speed of the bone resorption relates to many different factors, including your own genetic susceptibility to bone loss, your oral health, how well you use your dentures, and Bone Loss and Denture Fit

Implant Dentures, A Great Fit

Dentures tend to get a bad reputation due to the abundance of cheaply made and poorly fitting dentures. They affect everyone the same way, even Hollywood stars are not immune to it. Cheap dentures can visibly age you, giving you a sunken appearance and severely limiting your diet. However, it is [...]

Why Dentures Lead to Sticky or Dry Lips

Dentures are a huge change to your mouth, and they can have very negative consequences for the health and comfort of your lips. Many people with dentures complain about sticky lips or dry lips. This can be related to poorly fitting dentures, and upgrading dentures can help. Dentures Should Support Your Lips Dentures [...]

Choosing a Healthy Diet with Dentures

When many people get dentures, their diet changes dramatically. This can have serious health consequences. Dentures can also make it harder to choose a healthy diet plan. Here are some good tips to help you eat healthy with your dentures. How Dentures Can Lead to Unhealthy Eating There are two major changes that [...]

United Airlines New System Returns Lost Dentures and Other Personal Items

It’s something that happens to about a 100,000 passengers on a United Airlines flight each year, or about one out of every thousand passengers. They’ve left something important behind, such as dentures or another significant personal item like eyeglasses, stuffed animals, books, and more. In the past, a small percentage of these items [...]

How Dentures Can Change the Shape of Your Mouth

Although they are better than they’ve ever been, dentures are not your natural teeth. As a result, when you get dentures, the shape of your mouth and face will change. Some of these changes are immediate, but others take time to develop. Dentures Can Be a Positive Change We’re going to [...]

What Is a Denture Reline?

Dentures are designed to be long-lasting restorations, but after a while you might notice that your denture isn’t fitting as well as it used to. When that happens, you need a denture reline, a procedure to help refit your dentures because your gums and the bone supporting them continue to shrink after the [...]

Dental Implants Don’t Take Longer Than Dentures

One of the things that keeps people from getting dental implants is the time involved before you get your final results. But what most people don’t know is that it’s actually pretty comparable to how long it takes to get traditional dentures. Immediate Dentures and Healing After your teeth are extracted, [...]

Eat Steak, Even with Dentures

There are many foods that people with dentures think they’re never going to be able to eat again. Top among these is steak. But there’s no reason to despair -- you can eat steak with dentures, if you treat the steak and your dentures right. Here’s a guide to enjoying steak with [...]

Dentures: Vanishing Art or Flourishing Science?

We have recently come across another journal article talking about the decline of the art of denture manufacture among dentists. The article talks about how dental implants have made many dentists and dental schools put less emphasis on the design, fit, and manufacture of removable dentures. This is certainly true of the common [...]

4 Ways Your Experience Will Be Better with High-End Dentures

If you’re considering investing in high-end dentures, you might not understand the difference in cost and what that means for your denture experience. But it is a very different thing getting fitted for high end dentures versus something that is just affordable. Here’s how. Being Welcomed Your different experience begins the [...]

The Pros and Cons of One-Visit Dentures

If you are considering replacing your dentures or getting your first set of dentures, the possibility of getting your dentures in one visit might seem good. There are some benefits to one-visit dentures, but they also have many drawbacks that must be taken into consideration. PRO: It Is Fast The main benefit of one visit [...]

Bad Dentures Cause Wrinkles from Eyes to Chin

You probably think you know all the wrinkles that your dentures are causing. You have seen the ones develop around your mouth, your usual “lipstick lines” turning into deep furrows, maybe even a wide fold at each corner of the mouth. The marionette lines that run from there down to your [...]

Why Are Those Dentures Cheap?

If you are considering dentures, you’ve probably already found out that some dentures are much less expensive than others. Before you make a commitment to some dentures that seem like a great deal, you have to realize that none of the dentists offering cheap dentures have some magic wand that they can wave [...]

Dentures Can Make You Gassy

Digestion begins in the mouth, with chewing. This means that your dentures can actually have a significant impact on your digestive system, and can be associated with gassiness. If you are experiencing significant gassiness recently, it can be a significant nuisance, and it' important for you to figure out the cause and get [...]

WWI Dentures Identified by Suction Cup

Last week, President Barack Obama honored two overlooked World War I soldiers with medals of honor. The soldiers, whose families have long campaigned for their recognition, were ostensibly not recognized because of their ethnicity--one was African-American and the other was Jewish. But it isn't just in the US where people are working to give honor [...]

“Fun Denture Tortures” Used to Market Adhesives in the Philippines

We had mentioned before the extraordinary story of a local denturist in the Philippines who served a very needy community. It turns out his wasn't the only one in the country as the Philippines has the highest per capita rate of denture use in Asia. The edentulous rate in the Philippines is about [...]

Connecticut Grandma Blows Out Dentures Instead of Birthday Candles

There's a new viral video making the rounds this week featuring a Connecticut grandma celebrating her 102nd birthday. What makes this video such a must-see is that when she tries to blow out the big 1-0-2 candles, she blows out her dentures instead. Didn't Want to Wear Adhesive As with [...]

Why Dentures Can Interfere with Speech

We've talked before about how dentures can interfere with speech, but what are the mechanisms, and why can't some people adapt to speaking with their dentures? This depends in part on you and how you speak, but it can also be due to problems with your dentures. Problem 1: Dentures Change Resonance One [...]

Ill-Fitting Dentures Are More Likely to Get Lost

Although many denture wearers are unhappy with their dentures, few would actually wish them gone. So even if you're not happy with your dentures, you'll likely replace them if they get lost, which means additional expenses. But this is another way that investing in quality dentures can be smart: if your dentures fit [...]

Take Your Dentures Out to the Ballgame

All across the nation last week, first pitches marked the return of America's pastime. And as the parks opened, millions of Americans flocked to see the Boys of Summer reenact that age-old ritual that so many of us enjoyed as children and look forward to passing on to our own children and grandchildren. But will [...]

FOY® Dentures Can Relieve Numerous Health Conditions

Most of the time we talk to our patients about the benefits of FOY® Dentures in terms of appearance and fit, but there are numerous other benefits as well, including the potential for curing or improving other health conditions that you may never have suspected were related to the position of [...]

Bone Fragments May Cause Denture Discomfort

Tooth extraction prior to getting dentures should remove all the parts of the teeth and bones, but sometimes it doesn't remove them all. Retained parts of bone and teeth under dentures can result in discomfort weeks, months, even years after your extraction. Often, they will work their way out on their own, but [...]

Denture Comfort Depends on Healthy Gums

When you had teeth, your gums enfolded the teeth and helped protect them against bacteria. Now, your gums have another job that is just as important: supporting your dentures. Your gums weren't really designed for this work--it was always teeth and bones that were tasked with chewing--but they can do it, ably and [...]

Can I Adapt My Dentures for Dental Implants?

Although many people may opt for dental implants right away, others may postpone the decision, initially getting full dentures. However, after trying dentures without implants for a while, they want dental implants. In some cases, current dentures can then be adapted to work with dental implants. However, this isn't always the best option. [...]

Get Dentures out of the Danger Zone and into the Neutral Zone

Depending on your cultural context, the words "neutral zone" may evoke an image of Romulans or players squaring off across the line of scrimmage. But when it comes to your dentures, "neutral zone" has an entirely different meaning--one that can make a big difference in how your dentures fit. When it comes to Homepage

Teeth Clenching and Dentures

Teeth clenching, also called bruxism, doesn't necessarily stop when you lose your teeth. In fact, some people who have never experienced bruxism before develop it after they get dentures. Bruxism Is Hard on Dentures During bruxism, your chewing muscles clamp down very hard, sometimes much harder than you are able to consciously bite [...]

How to Talk to Your Denture Dentist: Essential Terms

Sometimes it seems like denture dentists talk a completely different language from regular folks. That's not completely true, and many denture dentists are highly skilled at conveying their meaning clearly using only plain language. On the other hand, there are a few terms that can really help you understand what your denture dentist is saying--and [...]

How to Avoid Gagging with Dentures

Putting anything in your mouth has the potential to cause gagging, which is a fundamental instinct designed to keep us from swallowing inappropriate objects. Many people experience gagging as a result of putting dentures in their mouth, but in most cases this is avoidable. Short-Term Gagging Many times, the worst gagging occurs during [...]

Thief Arrested after Leaving Teeth at the Scene

It's not exactly that we want to say better-fitting dentures will make you better at a life of crime, but it sure does seem that way. Poorly fitting dentures seem like nothing but trouble. And here's a case in point: a British burglar who was arrested after leaving his false teeth behind at [...]

Getting Used to New Dentures

When you first get your new dentures, your mouth has to adjust to an entirely different way of doing things. Instead of having teeth that are fixed in your jawbone, you have these devices in your mouth that are supposed to take the place of your dentures, but don't quite fit the bill. Unfortunately, getting [...]

Why We Shouldn’t Just Say “Let Them Eat Soup”

In New York's Westchester County, an infamously wealthy suburban area outside New York City, county executive Rob Astorino was asked how Medicare recipients would chew if the state's Medicare program no longer covered dentures (as many state's programs don't). He laughed dismissively and said, "Let them eat soup. Soup is good." Now, as [...]

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