Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.
Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.
For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.
For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.
These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.
From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Patients missing most or all of their teeth can take advantage of traditional or implant-supported dentures at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC. Using advanced treatment options and high-quality materials, we can fabricate prostheses that are comfortable and durable.
However, despite their resiliency, dentures will need to be replaced at some point. In fact, on average, custom dentures last about seven to 10 years with proper care. Here, our doctors explore common signs your dentures need to be replaced.
One of the most common complaints among denture-wearers is that the appliance becomes loose over time. This is actually normal and the result of the natural progression of underlying bone loss.
For example, when teeth are still present in the jawbone, the roots stimulate nerves to keep existing bone intact. When teeth are missing, the jawbone no longer receives this stimulation.
As a result, bone atrophy occurs over time, leading to loose, wobbly, shifting dentures. Unfortunately, this can make routine tasks, such as eating or speaking, more difficult.
When your dentures were first fabricated, they were made to fit your unique dental anatomy. New dentures fit snugly and comfortably over the gums and bone ridge. However, as the bone underneath deteriorates, the fit can change drastically, leading to discomfort.
If you have a denture that no longer fits properly, it can slide around on the gum tissue. This constant friction can rub sore spots on the gums. Unfortunately, sores and lesions in the mouth can make you much more vulnerable to oral infections such as thrush.
Have you recently noticed your dentures are more difficult to keep clean? This is often due to the changes in fit. For example, when your prosthesis fit snugly against the dental arch, there was little room for food particles and debris to hide.
As your bone ridge shrinks, the space between your denture and your gums grows larger. Therefore, when you remove your appliance, you may notice more debris. This is a sign that your dentures need replacing.
Dentures not only replace missing teeth, they also open the bite and keep your jaw joints in an appropriate position. Over time, as bone loss occurs, the bite can change.
As a result, pain and inflammation can occur. If you experience headaches, earaches, tinnitus, orofacial pain, or discomfort in the neck, back, or shoulders, you could have TMJ disorder. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist right away for a checkup.
To keep your dentures looking and feeling great, it is important to care for them properly. Patients should:
Additionally, patients should see their dentist routinely for examinations. During these visits, your doctor can evaluate the condition of your prosthesis and identify any potential problems early on.
In some cases, we may be able to repair your dentures. For example, if the artificial teeth become chipped or broken, we may be able to fix your prosthesis without having to replace the entire appliance.
However, if the denture base becomes damaged or broken, you will most likely need a replacement.
In addition, we almost always recommend replacing your denture if you have been wearing it for over 10 years.
Has your denture become loose? Do you have sore spots on your gum tissue? If you are experiencing complications due to your denture, it could be time to replace it. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online or call us at (704) 543-1102.