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Archives for March, 2017

How to Avoid Damaged Dentures

If you wear dentures, it’s important to take steps to protect them and prevent damage. Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but if you follow these simple steps, you may be able to avoid denture damage.

Storing your dentures

If you’re not wearing your dentures, make sure you store them in a safe place. Even if you’re in a mad rush, resist the temptation to put them down or leave them lying around. Keep them in a box or pop them in a glass of water or cleaning solution while you clean them or give your gums a rest.

Cleaning your denture

When you’re cleaning your denture, make sure you put a towel down underneath you or fill the basin with water. This way, if you do drop the denture, it won’t get damaged. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth remaining, it’s important to keep your denture clean to minimise the risk of oral infections and gum disease. When you clean your denture, use lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water, as this can cause the denture to become misshapen.

Dental checks

If you wear dentures, you’ll still need to see your dentist on a regular basis. When you see your dentist, they will check your denture, and make sure that it fits properly. You’ll need to replace your denture periodically because the shape of your mouth changes all the time, and your denture will lose its snug fit with time. If you have any problems with your denture or you notice any cracks or signs of damage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer denture repairs and replacements.

If you need advice about taking care of your denture, your dentures are damaged, or your denture has started to feel loose, get in touch with us today.

How to Help Wisdom Tooth Growing Pains

The wisdom teeth can be incredibly troublesome for some people. If you have painful wisdom teeth, we are here to help. We provide round-the-clock care for patients in need. If you’re in severe pain, or you have pain that is getting worse, give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to make you feel more comfortable as quickly as possible.

Why are the wisdom teeth so painful?

The wisdom teeth are the final teeth to develop, and sometimes, this means that there is insufficient room for them to grow properly. If the jaw is too crowded, the teeth can’t erupt properly, and this causes the tooth to push against the neighbouring tooth. This is known as impaction. It can be very uncomfortable, and there may also be a risk of infection around the tooth. It’s often hard to reach the teeth right at the back of the mouth, and if you can’t brush your wisdom teeth properly, this increases the risk of infection.

If you have painful wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch. When you come in for your appointment, we will have a good look at your teeth, and see how your wisdom teeth are getting on. You don’t need your wisdom teeth, so if they are causing problems, we may recommend removing them.

If you have pain, but you don’t need your wisdom teeth extracting, we can recommend pain relief medication, and also give your teeth a thorough clean to try and reduce the risk of infection.

What happens if I need my wisdom teeth taking out?

If you have an infected or an impacted wisdom tooth, extraction may be the best course of action. If you need your tooth taking out, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with our experienced dentists. We understand that many patients may feel anxious at the prospect of having a tooth taken out, and we do everything we can to try and make you feel as relaxed as possible. We can offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients.

If your wisdom teeth are making life a misery, call us today and arrange an appointment.

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