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My Dentures Don't Fit Anymore

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If have lost your teeth and now wear dentures, you understand that dentures don't really replace your teeth.  They are just a substitute for not having any teeth.  Even if your initial set or sets of detures fit well and you were able to use them, as time goes on you will have less and less support for your denture.  In fact, if you have had your denture for five years, it mostly likely does not fit like it did when you got it.  You attempt to compensate for this by using more and more dental adhesive.  Eventually even that doesn't help.

There is a simple explanation for this.  When you have your natural teeth a special type of bone in your jaw helps hold and support those teeth.  That is also the bone used by your denture for support and suction.  When you don't have your teeth anymore, your body realizes that the bone is not needed and it begins to slowly dissolve.  Over the years as that bone is lost, the support for your denture is also lost. So your denture has less and less support and fits more and more poorly.  Eventually there will be little to nothing to support your denture.

What can a person do?  Your best option when you lose your teeth is to put something back into the bone so it doesn't dissolve away.  The dentures don't fiteasy placement of a dental implant will preserve your natural bone so that you do not lose your support.  It will also keep your face looking more youthful.  The implant can also be used to support your denture keeping it stable and stopping the movement and floating so many people have problems with.  My  favorite proceedure is doing a Snap-In-Denture.  This is where 4 implants are put in and your denture is adjusted so that it snaps onto the implants.  This keeps the denture stable with no floating.  It could be the answer to all your problems.

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Yes, Wine Tasters Are At Risk Of Tooth Decay!

wine harms your teeth

Calm down and take a breath.  I am not telling you to stop drinking your favorite adult beverage.  But I do want to tell you what a new study has found.  Researchers from the University of Adelaide, an Austrailian school has found that the acid in wine can cause damage to your teeth.  This is not going to happen to the person who has a glass of wine or two but it will affect those who are professional tasters.

The acid levels in wine are very similar to those found in orange juice.  No, I am not saying stop drinking orange juice but only giving you a reference. It is the acid in the wine that does the damage.

A professiona wine taster doesn't drink wine like you do.  They take a sample and hold it in their mouth to evaluate it.  They might do this dozens of times a day and it is the repeated exposure to the wine acids that cause the damage.  In fact, the study showed that just ten, one-minute wine tasting can change the tooth structure.  It softens the surface enamel making it more likely to get a cavity.  The acid can dissovle the enamel.  It doesn't happen at once but takes a prolonged period of exposure.  With a wine taster they may do this acid exposure day after day for a long time which eventuallys softens the tooth.  For a person who has a glass or two of wine with dinner, there are no worries.

So what does a wine taster do?  Luckily there are specific types of toothpaste that are strong in calcium phosphate and fluoride which remineralizes the tooth.  It essentially rehardens the tooth, reversing the damage done by the wine acids.

So don't worry, go ahead and pop the cork and enjoy your favorite grape.  Unless you hold wine in your mouth all day, you will be ok.

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Is Your Tooth Still Painful After A Root Canal?

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Recent a patient complained to me that she had seen a root canal specialist for toothache and needed a root canal.  She said that the root canal was performed with no problems but now her tooth was still sore and tender.  Her question was this, how is my tooth still hurting when the nerve has been removed?  She had a level of frustration in her voice that was understandable.

I did my best to explain that yes, the nerve from inside her tooth had been cleaned out and removed but there are nerve ending in the ligament that surrounds her tooth.  When there is inflammation and swelling caused by a sick tooth, this ligament can also be swollen and sick.  It takes some time for that swelling to reduce and the tissue be normal again after the root canal is completed.  That is likely the cause of her pain and after several days it should feel much better.root canal pain

There are other possible causes of pain.  When a root canal is done you want to clean out the tissue all the way  to the end of the tooth but not past it.  It is possible that during the cleaning process and instrument called a file went beyond the end of the root.  This damages the tissue there which will take a bit of time to heal and be sore until it does.  It is also possible that a material called a sealer, which is used to seal off the inside of tooth was pushed out of the end of the tooth.  This can aggravate the tissue there also causing tenderness.

Another cause of pain after a root canal is what I like to call the "Princess and the Pea" syndrome.  That is where after a root canal is done the filling put into the tooth is a little too tall.  This causes you to hit first and heavy on that tooth making a tooth sore that normally would not be.  Even the smallest amount of a high tooth will get sore and stay sore until the highness is reduced.  Like the lady on the matress who could feel the small pea, a person with a high tooth can definately feel it, even if it is only slightly tall.  Adjust that tooth and the soreness will go away.

There is another very  uncommon cause of pain after a root canal.  It is referred to as "phantom pain".  This is where the nerve that leads to the tooth is sensitive and it acts like it is still attached to the tooth nerve even though the nerve has been removed.  The nerve will feel and act like the tooth is still sick even when it is not.  This is very frustrating to the dentist and patient alike when it occurs.  Fortunately this is very rare.

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