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The pros and cons of full dentures

Full dentures are a common solution for patients who need to replace an entire dental arch of teeth. Albuquerque, NM area dentist, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook, understands the importance of full dentures. But many patients are unsure if full dentures are right for them. There are many advantages and disadvantages to full dentures for patients to consider when they are choosing a tooth replacement option. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook encourages patients to learn about this option and find out if it is right for them.

What is a full denture?

A full denture is an acrylic appliance that is made to replace missing teeth. They are made with false teeth and gum tissue to create a natural restoration that can restore function and beauty to the smile. However, there are many pros and cons to these restorations, and when choosing an option for yourself, it is a good idea to consider all sides and solutions.

Advantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures are highly economical for patients who are on a budget or who have dental insurance.
  • Full dentures replace the entire arch of teeth, not just one or two teeth in the smile.
  • Full dentures are removable which allows for proper care and cleaning.
  • Full dentures are long-lasting with proper attention and routine evaluations.
  • Full dentures look natural and can be designed with the dentist and patient working together.

Disadvantages of full dentures

  • Full dentures can break if they are not handled properly.
  • Full dentures without dental implants for retention can fall out of the mouth unexpectedly.
  • Full dentures require messy dental adhesives to keep in place.
  • Full dentures can still limit the foods you can enjoy.
  • Full dentures take time to get used to as they cover the roof of the mouth.
  • Full dentures need to be adjusted and maintained properly for them to last as long as possible.

Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today!

Albuquerque, NM patients can visit with our team for comprehensive dental care at our facility, located in suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE. Call (505) 881-1159 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the ways you can restore your smile after tooth loss and/or extraction.

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Three issues that can occur to your partial dentures

Partial Dentures | Steven Hollbrook

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A partial denture is a reliable way of replacing one or more teeth within the smile. It is also an economical solution for many of our patients in the Albuquerque, NM area. Dr. Steven Holbrook has over three decades of experience in providing comprehensive dental care, and encourages patients who are faced with tooth loss to consider partial dentures as an option.

While partial dentures are beneficial in many ways, patients may have concerns about their care and management. Dr. Steven Holbrook discusses some of the common issues seen with partial dentures and how they can be resolved:

• Damage/breakage. Partial dentures can be fragile, and if they are dropped or handled too roughly, it can cause bending or damage to the metal framework or the replacement teeth. It is essential that patients do not perform DIY denture repair as even more damage can occur. Instead, patients need to phone their dental office and have their denture repaired and readjusted by a professional.

• Metal allergies. In some cases, patients who have metal allergies may have a reaction to the partial denture, due to its fabrication with metal and acrylic parts. If patients have an allergy to metal, they may experience a burning sensation, swollen gums, or numbness in the mouth while wearing their partial denture. Patients in this situation should speak to their dentist about alternative options.

• Denture slippage. While new dentures can take some time to get used to, continued slippage of the denture may require adjustments to be made. Sometimes the metal framework or the clasps do not fit as tight as they should to maintain their placement. Adjustments can also happen over time as the remaining teeth shift, the gum tissues recede, and the bone of the jaw changes.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook today

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and are interested in partial dentures, we welcome you to come ask our team about concerns you may have about their care. Call (505) 881-1159 to find out if a partial denture is right for your smile. Our practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and is always accepting new patients and families.    

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How to Avoid Broken Dentures

It’s not uncommon that we have some denture patients come into our office because they dropped and cracked their dentures.  To help you avoid being that person, we have a few ways for you to take better care of your dentures and avoid dropping them anytime soon.

Put them in a Case

When you’re not soaking your dentures in a cleaning solution or wearing them, don’t just set them on your counter or bedside table; they could fall off and crack, or they could fall off, and someone could step on them. Make sure that you get into the habit of putting your dentures inside of a plastic case every time you take them out; that way you now that they are safe.

Use Both Hands When Taking them Out

You may be able to do a lot of things with just one hand but taking out and putting your dentures back in doesn’t have to be one of them. In fact, it’s something that we don’t recommend. When you use both hands when you’re holding onto your dentures, you have more control over them and are less likely to drop them.

Don’t Be Distracted

It can be hard not to be distracted sometimes; especially as we age. When you are cleaning, putting your dentures back in, or taking them out, try not to be distracted. If you have someone who is testing you or trying to call you, call them back after you’re done handling your dentures; trust us, it will be a lot cheaper to just call them back than accidentally dropping your dentures.

If you’re careful, dentures can last a really long time. Keep these tips in mind to avoid dropping and breaking your dentures. To learn more about caring for your dentures, contact our  Albuquerque office and call (505) 881-1159.

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The Problems With Chewing Without Teeth

The Problems With Chewing Without Teeth | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMAs you age, you start to lose bone mass which can contribute to things like tooth loss— leaving you with the need to have dentures or a dental bridge. And although it’s possible to chew without teeth, it doesn’t come without its own set of problems such as jaw and gastrointestinal issues. To help you better understand the importance of dentures and dental bridges, read on.

Problem #1: Jaw Issues

Gumming food that’s easy to eat may seem like a good idea, but did you know that you can be causing further jaw problems to arise. When you first start to chew without teeth, you will experience some soreness around your gums and throughout your jaw due to the extra pressure in your mouth. Additionally, without having anything to support your jaw and with the buildup of pressure over time, your jawbone can start to deteriorate — leaving you with a sallow looking face and the inability to chew altogether.

Problem #2: Gastrointestinal Issues

Your teeth aren’t just there to make you look pretty when you smile for family photos— they serve a medical purpose. By breaking up your food into small pieces, your teeth play a crucial role in your body’s ability to digest key nutrients and vitamins. If, however, your food isn’t getting properly broken down, it can cause gastrointestinal issues— making it hard for your body to absorb and digest the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have recently lost your teeth and you think you can function without them, you are causing your body more harm than good. Luckily, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a variety of dental devices that he can use to help restore your ability to chew. If you would like to learn more about these solutions or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!

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Wearing Dentures – The 411

dentures | albuquerque nmKnowledge is helpful in all aspects of life, especially if you wear dentures or are considering them. The wearing of dentures can be a complex topic if you take into account the unique structure of the mouth and the uniqueness of each denture wearer. Here are five things you may not know about wearing dentures:

  1. Palates come in different shapes. The shape of each patient’s palate (the “roof” of the mouth) influences the fit and suction needed to wear an upper denture. A square or rounded palate shape is more suitable than a small flat, or V -shaped palate.
  2. Wearing a lower denture is more difficult than wearing an upper denture. Most complaints about wearing dentures have to do with lower dentures. This is because lower dentures are in a mobile environment – where lips, cheeks and tongue try to dislodge the denture during eating or speaking. The lower mouth ridge is much smaller than the upper ridge, and is prone to excessive shrinkage; there is also no large surface on which to create suction. These factors often cause a lower denture to move or trap food. In time, a successful denture wearer will learn to control their facial muscles to prevent movement of their dentures.
  3. Gums shrink. When your natural teeth are lost, what remains are the bony ridges where your teeth used to be. Your dentures rest on these ridges. It is normal for the ridges to shrink, known as atrophy or wasting of the bone. This process is normal, inevitable and varies with each patient. It is one of the main reasons some people have difficulty wearing dentures.
  4. Dentures should be examined every year to check for proper fit, ensure against damage, monitor wear and make any necessary adjustments. Dentures are worn down by eating and cleaning, but the denture base will not adjust to your bony ridges. Dentures can be replaced or relined if they become loose.
  5. Fixatives are not just for loose-fitting dentures. They can also give you extra confidence by providing a more comfortable fit, preventing bits of food from getting under your dentures and preventing you from worrying about slippage.

Dr. Holbrook welcomes your questions about dentures and is dedicated to creating smiles that last a lifetime. If you have any dental concerns, please call to schedule an appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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These Are Not Your Grandpa’s Dentures

dentures in Albuquerque, NM | Dr. Steven HolbrookIf you aren’t smiling, you aren’t making important professional and personal connections. It’s true – your smile and your teeth can be great self-confidence boosters – or self-confidence smashers. It’s so important to replace your missing or decayed teeth – not just to improve your appearance and smile – but because without dental support, your facial muscles droop, making you look much older than you are.

A time-honored solution for missing and decayed teeth is dentures. Dentures can open the door to a whole new life for you, boost your self-confidence and help you speak and eat more comfortably. Additionally, denture procedures and expertise are vastly improved from years past.

There are 2 types of dentures: COMPLETE and PARTIAL.

  1. Complete Dentures have a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The upper denture covers the the roof of your mouth; the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Complete dentures may be either conventional (your teeth are removed and allowed to heal for about 6 weeks) or immediate (the denture is made in advance and placed directly following the removal of your teeth).
  2. Partial Dentures rest on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors. Partial dentures are a removable alternative to dental bridges.
  • We can help you choose the best type of denture for your unique needs.
  • Your dentures will be custom-made by highly skilled technicians, using the finest materials available, guided by impressions taken of your mouth.
  • Dentures can be taken out and put back into your mouth.
  • Your new dentures may feel a little awkward for the first few weeks.
  • Eating and speaking may take some practice, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place.
  • Although they take some getting used to and may never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, today’s dentures are amazingly natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Call for a consultation and let us discuss any questions or concerns you may have about complete or partial dentures: (505) 881-1159.

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