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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Different Types of Dentures

by Violet Jensen

If you are interested in getting dentures, then there are several types out there. To help you get better acquainted with them, here is a rough overview of complete and partial dentures, along with some of the different types of materials that are commonly for dentures:

Partial vs Complete

All dentures fall into one of these two categories. As the name suggests, complete sets of dentures are used when you are missing all the teeth on either your upper or lower jaws. Partial dentures are used in all other situations, when you don't need to replace every single tooth.

Depending on your situation (how many teeth you are missing and where they are located), each of these options might be better than other alternatives like implants or bridges. If you are missing a lot of teeth, then a complete or a large partial set of dentures will be the cheapest method by far. If you are only missing a few teeth, then bridges or implants might be more comfortable, but they will still end up costing quite a bit more than dentures.

Materials

Plastic, resin, and porcelain are all common for dentures. There are several reasons that you might want to pick each of them:

  • Plastic - This is the cheapest option and is by far the most common. Plastic dentures will only last a few years, but they are easy to install and maintain. They may not be incredibly comfortable, but properly fitted plastic dentures shouldn't make too much of an impact on your daily life, aside from watching the foods that you eat and making sure that you properly maintain them. 
  • Resin - These are a bit more durable than plastic dentures. However, their primary benefit is their innate stain resistance, which can be a pretty big problem for porcelain. With resin, you won't need to get new dentures very often and you can consume a lot more food and drink without worrying about highly visible stains.
  • Porcelain - If you want high-end dentures, then porcelain will likely be your first choice as a material. Porcelain is quite expensive, but it will definitely last the longest and will be able to withstand the most wear and tear. However, if you do get porcelain, then you will need to pay close attention to what you eat and drink. Coffee and other substances can easily stain your dentures.

To answer any questions or concerns you might have, consider contacting a local specialist, such as Langford Denture Clinic. They may be able to help you determine whether or not dentures are right for you and which option may be best.

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