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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Five Reasons Dentures Need Professional Repair

September 01, 2021 @ 01:15 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

an image of broken denturesWhile it may seem tempting, you should never repair dentures by yourself. The American Dental Association (ADA) warns wearers against the dangers of DIY repairs. When people try to fix denture damage, they increase the risk of irreparably damaging the appliance. What should people do when their dentures break, stain, or develop an uncomfortable fit?

In Redwood City, CA, Jean E. Barthman, DDS, advises patients to choose safety over convenience when repairing dentures. Professional denture repair is the most reliable way to fix dentures and reduce the likelihood of causing a more costly problem. Here are five reasons why you should consider professional denture repair.

1. Increase Comfort

The American College of Prosthodontists recommends that dentures should be checked annually and relined or remade when they feel loose. Ill-fitting dentures are a common cause of breakage.

When the top and bottom dentures don’t align properly, microfractures develop in the prosthetic teeth due to uneven pressure. Over time, the microfractures will create a more significant crack. A professional repair can relieve discomfort and prevent dentures from falling out.

2. Improve Wellness

Dentures that need to be relined can make chewing food difficult. They may shift, come loose, or fall out.

Well-maintained, properly fitted dentures should:

  • Feel stable when biting, chewing, and speaking
  • Support natural chewing and biting forces
  • Prevent thrush (cheilitis and stomatitis)
  • Reduce the risk of developing gum disease

3. Enhance Aesthetics

Misaligned or broken dentures can make a face look unbalanced and older. After repairing dentures, cheeks will have structural support for a fuller, more youthful look.

When dentures require polishing, cleaning, or realigning, patients should make a dentist appointment for denture maintenance. We can remove many denture stains in our Redwood City office, but may collaborate with a lab technician to address cracks, chips, and other damage to individual teeth.

4. Cut Long-Term Costs

With most things in life, it’s much more cost-efficient to repair rather than replace dentures. Complete dentures can last up to ten years. However, their longevity depends on the patient’s care and maintenance. Worn-down dentures are more susceptible to breaking. Those that are well maintained, with relines when needed, should not become thin.

When you notice a problem with your denture, go to the dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of irreparably harming the denture. Professional repair can often save dentures and save the patient the expense of getting a new set of dentures.

5. Eat and Speak with Ease

Loose dentures make eating and speaking challenging. Wobbly dentures make chewing food difficult. Furthermore, debris may become stuck underneath the denture and cause irritation on the gums. When dentures don’t fit well, they also cause enunciation issues, including a lisp. Avoid these embarrassing situations by having your dentures relined or repaired by a dentist.

Schedule a Visit for Denture Maintenance

Denture repairs and replacement are inevitable. Your dentures will wear down or break over time, but proper maintenance and professional repairs can help them last longer. If you are interested in knowing more about professional denture repairs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Barthman in Redwood City, CA. Call (650) 367-4967 or message us online today.