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Types of Partials

Types of Partials | NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry

At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we make a lot of partial dentures or RPDs in dentist speak.  Dentures come in a two different classifications: partial dentures or complete dentures.  As the name suggests, complete dentures replace all the teeth in a patient’s mouth whereas partial dentures replace part of the teeth.  When patients need a partial denture, one of the first decisions to be made is what type of partial denture to make.  In this blog, I’d like to discuss the three types of partial dentures: hard acrylic, flexible acrylic, and cast metal.

Hard acrylic partials are the most common type of partial to be made.  They are made often ...

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When to replace your denture

When to Replace Your Dentures | NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry

                At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we make quite a few new sets of dentures for our patients.  While a well-made denture can certainly last for many years, eventually dentures do wear out and have to be remade. One of the most common questions that I get asked is “when is it time for a new set of dentures?”  About half the time, it is obvious that a new denture needs to be made such as when a denture is broken and unwearable or has holes in it.  I want to discuss though the other half of the time when it isn’t so ...

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Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the Best Medicine | NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry

                I probably hear the comment, “No offense, but I hate dentists” at least twice per day, and I understand it.  Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience.  Dentistry is probably the only branch of medicine with a large surgical focus that does not routinely knock people out but rather just does local anesthesia or numbing to get treatment completed.  While numbing works really good, it still leaves you uncomfortable.  While being fully knocked out is certainly an option for doing dentistry, insurance rarely covers it and it can add a lot of expense to the procedure.  A great ...

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Stick to your gums: The importance of gum health

The Importance of Gum Health | NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry

Teeth are pretty easy to understand what they do and how to care for them.  They give you a smile and allow you to chew, and we take care of them by brushing, flossing, and avoiding sweets. I think that most people and most of my patients understand that their gums are important to keep healthy but don’t understand much beyond that. However, I’d argue that gum health is as important if not more important than the teeth as gum problems are harder to fix than tooth problems.  I’m going to break this blog down into three parts: what are the gums, what are common gum problems, and ...

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Complete Answers to your Partial Problems

Partial Dentures Problems

As the third part of my series on problems with different removable prosthetics (aka dentures), I’m going to focus on the most common type of prosthesis: partial dentures.  Partials are great for many people because it can replace a missing tooth and give a person back some of their bite while being lower cost than other options.  The three most common problems that I see with partials are broken partials, partials that no longer fit due to gum shrinking, and partials that no longer fit due to tooth loss.

Even though partials are made from strong materials, through enough wear and tear in the mouth or an accidental drop, ...

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Adapting to a lower denture

Adapting to lower dentures

As last week’s blog was about common issues with an upper denture, this week I will focus on how to make your lower better.  The lower denture is a constant headache for both patients and dentists.  The lower denture has little to no suction, it can be moved around easily by the tongue, lips, and cheeks, and chewing can be difficult.  Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to solve these problems without implants but there are some ways that can help mitigate these problems.  Understanding how the lower denture works, how it fits with your upper denture, and how to use your muscles properly will help you adapt ...

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Fixing a sore upper denture

New Orleans Dentistry and Dentures

One of the main complaints I get from patients who are wearing dentures constantly is that they feel sore or uncomfortable.  I get so many concerns that I felt it a good idea to write a blog about what may be making your dentures uncomfortable and how we can go about fixing them.  As upper full dentures, lower full dentures and partials are different creatures I think it’s best to dive into each type denture and describe the common problems and how we go about solving them.  I will start with upper or maxillary dentures.  The main problems I see with these are gagging, loss of suction, and ...

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