​Denture Talk: Can you use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures?

This is a common question that many people new to owning dentures ask: can they be brushed like regular teeth? The short answer is no, but why not? Aren’t they the same and made to be as close to human teeth as possible?

The Difference With Dentures

First, you have to remember that dentures are not crowns. Made of a less sturdy material, dentures are a more inexpensive option that many patients opt for either in the short or long term. Crowns are synthetic teeth that are anchored into the jawbone and don’t have to be removed, allowing you to treat them like normal teeth.

Second, you have to consider toothpaste and how it works. While it might feel as though it is just a fresh smelling way to remove grime, there is more to it than that. Toothpaste is quite grainy, offering something coarse to buffer away debris and clean teeth. This grainy material is too abrasive for dentures and will lead to permanent damage before long. It strips away each layer, leaving them weaker and discolored.

Where Brushing Fits In

Don’t get too excited, you aren’t off the hook when it comes to brushing. You still need to brush twice a day, just not on your dentures. All patients should get a soft bristled toothbrush with an antibacterial toothpaste and brush their gums in the morning before placing dentures and at night when removing them.

This will help keep the gums healthy and protect them from bacteria and plaque that can build up inside of the gums. This leads to diseases such as periodontal disease and gingivitis, both of which can be exacerbated when dentures are sealed to dirty gums.

Make sure you are gentle with your brushing and that you spend adequate time cleansing each open area where each tooth used to be. A mouthwash is also important, as it gets rid of nasty bacteria that brushing can miss.

How To Clean Dentures

Denture cleaning is extremely easy. You purchase a cleanser and denture brush (different than a soft toothbrush) and you clean them twice a day. At the end of the night, place them in a denture cleanser, which are usually tablets that dissolve in water.

That’s it! Soak them overnight, wash them in the morning with the appropriate tools, brush your gums, rinse your mouth with mouthwash and place your dentures. At night, brush them again then soak them with fresh cleanser.

Find out more about caring for your dentures at Billings Denture Clinic.

Denture Talk: Dental Implants vs Removable Prosthetics

When you are in need of replacing damaged or missing teeth, there are several types of dental replacements our dentists can offer you at Castle Rock Dental. These replacements fall into two basic categories — dental implants and removable prosthetics.

What Are Dental Implants And Removable Prosthetics

Dental implants are individually crafted replacement teeth. Each implant has a titanium post to act as the root of the tooth and the crown of the tooth is color-matched to your natural teeth to present an even and natural appearance.

This process can take weeks, as your jaw will need to heal from the implantation of the post. If there is other work needed, such as bone grafting for correct placement of the implant post, the dental implantation process will take even longer.

Removable dental prosthetics come in a wide variety, ranging from partial dentures to full dentures. One type of removable prosthetic even combines the usefulness of dental implants for implant-secured dentures, which are sturdy yet still removable.

The teeth which are placed into your removable prosthetic are shaped to fit your mouth comfortably and our dentists will consult you on the color of the new teeth in the prosthetic. Depending on the dental work needed beforehand, receiving a removable dental prosthetic can be a faster process than a dental implant.

Cost Differences Between Implants And Dental Prosthetics

Each person comes with their own dental considerations, so it can be difficult to nail down an average price for services like implants and dental prosthetics. Many times, the price will change as the patient requires extra work, such as tooth extractions, antibiotics, gum or bone grafting, and other measures before the actual implant or prosthetic is placed.

So, as you think about the average costs of these different dental options, be sure to keep those considerations in mind. As for the cost differences between dental implants and removable prosthetics, the costs can be quite variable.

  • Dental implants – One dental implant can range in price from $1,000 to $6,000. A dental implant can last you around 10-15 years or more with good care.
  • Full dentures – A full set of dentures can cost around $1,450. These dentures can last you around 5 to 8 years, as they can wear down over time and your gums can alter in shape as bone density is lost.
  • Partial dentures – Depending on the number of teeth needed to be added to the dentures, partial dentures can cost around $400. They will last around 5 years as they are not as structurally durable as implants or even full dentures.
  • Implant-secured dentures – The implant-secured dentures can cost around $16,000-$25,000 per jaw. Around every 2-4 years, the attaching portions will need replacing, though the cost of this is fairly minimal. Otherwise, similar to dental implants, implant secured-dentures should last you around 10 years.

There are many things to consider when it comes to needing to replace some or all of your teeth. Our dentists are highly experienced in all the above dental procedures and can help you determine which suits your situation best. Contact us today for an appointment so you can consult with one of our dentists on your best options.

Denture Talk: Financing Your Investment in Dentures

We want to give you the smile of your dreams here at Castle Rock Dental. Dentures, full or partial replacement teeth, are a great way to customize the comfort and style of your smile. We offer a variety of options for dentures, and want help you find a way to finance the smile you have been wanting to have your entire life.

We Will Help You Choose the Dentures You Need

It’s difficult to know what type of dentures you may need if you are struggling financially and can’t seem to find a way to pay for it. Forget your worries when you come to us at Castle Rock Dental. We will help you find out if you need a full or partial set of dentures and will help you customize them to your liking. Not only will we help you customize your dentures, we will also help you by customizing your payment so you can finance the best smile you’ve ever had, worry-free.

We Accept Several Forms of Payment

  • Dental insurance is an option to consider to cover the costs of your dentures. The amount your insurance is willing to cover varies by provider. Typically dental insurance companies cover costs up to a cap of $1000-$1500 per year, which can help you pay a significant amount of the cost of dentures, especially if you require just a partial set.
  • O.A.C. major financing (on approved credit financing) is a payment we accept and rewards your good credit by helping you finance your need for dentures effectively without having to reimburse your dental insurance company.
  • Paying with a credit card is the simplest form of payment we accept. This allows you to rest easy knowing that you have paid for your procedure in full. It also gives you a simpler way to pay off your dental bills by simply paying off the credit card as you go. We know that life is complicated, and want to simplify things where we can. Paying with a credit card can ease the burden of having to pay the bill right away, allowing you to fully enjoy your dentures right away.
  • Dental Credit Cards provide several credit card options, including Care Credit, a credit card designed specifically for covering dental costs. These credit cards cover a range of dental procedures and check-ups and allow you to keep your dental health a top priority even when your financial situation is not great.

We Care About Your Smile

We want you to have the best experience possible as you transition to life with dentures, which is why we offer several payment options to help you find one that best suits your financial situation. Come to us for any of your denture needs, whether full or partial, and we will help you find a way to pay for the beautiful teeth you deserve to have. Contact us and speak with our financial advisor who will help you find out which payment method works best for you.

Denture Talk: Flossing Facts

Denture Talk: Flossing Facts

No matter if you have dental appliances like bridges or partial dentures or all your natural teeth, it is important to floss your teeth. If you have dental appliances, it is also important to floss between the appliance and your gums, so you can protect your overall health. Our dentists at Castle Rock Dental want you to have all the real flossing facts so you have the answers to the what, how, and why of dental floss.

Types Of Dental Floss

There are many varieties of dental floss, and which one you prefer to use will mostly depend on your preference. Some of the dental flosses are better suited to some mouths than other, so be sure to read through our descriptions of the different flosses.

  • Unwaxed floss – Extremely thin nylon strands are twisted together to create this type of floss. It is flexible enough to pass between tightly-spaced teeth but can be prone to fraying as you use it.
  • Waxed floss – Generally created the same as unwaxed floss, this type of floss just has a layer of wax to help prevent fraying. Sometimes flavoring like mint is added to waxed flosses. The use of wax can make the floss a bit harder to pass through tightly-spaced teeth.
  • Dental tape – One of the now more common types of dental floss, dental tape comes in both waxed and unwaxed variants.  Dental tape is flat and usually wider than regular floss, it can clean more effectively between teeth thanks to the amount of area it covers when used.
  • Floss threader – If you have dental appliances, it can be difficult to pass floss through them. A floss threader is like an incredibly flexible, plastic needle through which you can thread your floss and use the threader to pass the floss under your dental appliance. You likely won’t need a floss threader if you don’t have dental appliances.
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene floss – This floss is a thin synthetic fiber that is often found in rain gear. It works particularly well for teeth which sit very close together.
  • Super floss – Similar to a floss threader, super floss helps people floss around dental appliances and very tight teeth. You will generally find them in pre-measured packs, where there will be two flat, stiff ends to help you thread the thicker floss section between teeth and dental appliances.
  • Floss holder – A floss holder has a piece of floss attached to a small pick, with the floss stretched between a dual-pronged, U-shaped holder.  These devices can be helpful for those who find it difficult to use more traditional floss where you need to be able to move and manipulate the movements of your fingers.

Proper Flossing Technique

No matter which type of floss you decide to use, the basics behind proper flossing techniques are generally the same. There may be adaptation needed if you have fixed dental appliances like dental implants and/or dental bridges.

  1. Hold your floss securely. If you are a traditional strand of floss, make sure it is wound around your fingers a few times so it remains secure.
  2. With about two inches of unwound floss, guide the floss between your teeth.
  3. With a zigzagging motion, move the floss up and down one of your teeth. Be gentle around your gum line as you can cut it with floss. Also be careful around dental implants. Overly forceful flossing can damage the seal around the base of the implant.
  4. Be sure to work the sides of the tooth (right side, back, left side) before you move on to your other teeth.
  5. When flossing under dental appliances like implanted dentures or bridges, go slowly and be gentle as you floss.

How much good flossing does you is highly dependent on your efforts. Be sure to floss once a day, preferably at the end of the day. For flossing advice and all other dental concerns, be sure to contact us for an appointment so our dentists can consult with you.

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

​Monthly Tips From Your Dentist: Preventing Denture Illnesses

Dentures can be a difficult tool to maintain. They are an incredible resource, giving people the ability to regain their food choices and freedom to bite into the hardest of confectionery goodies. Not to mention what it does for their appearance, turning an empty smile into a full, bright one.

What people fail to realize is that improper care for dentures can lead to serious risks down the line. That means it is crucial to learn the steps to maintaining your set from the very first day. Here are some things you should know.

Denture Caused Illnesses

There are some serious complications that can come from denture related illnesses:

  • Gum infection
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA
  • Respiratory infection
  • Halitosis

Every one of these have been shown to be potentially caused by bacteria building up between and on the dentures, growing and strengthening in the mouth of the user. The temperature, moisture and funneling of food through the mouth make it a unique breeding ground for bacterial problems to occur.

In older people or those with suppressed immune systems, these above conditions are very fatal. For healthy individuals they can still be painful, dangerous and very difficult to recover from.

Preventing Denture Illnesses

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out of your way to prevent these diseases or complications. Proper care and oral health will go a long way to reducing your risks for most and eliminating the risk of others.

  • Use a good denture glue. The looser your dentures are, the more food and bacteria can get between them and your gums. A good adhesive will press them more firmly to the gums and seal it to keep anything from slithering under your set.
  • Take out your dentures every night. Never sleep with your dentures. Even with a good glue, there will still be some spaces. Bacteria will fester overnight and begin to weaken the gums.
  • Use a good cleaner. Some people will just put their dentures in water at night. You should actually be soaking them in a specialized nighttime cleaner made for the task.
  • Brush after eating. If you can take them out and clean them after meals, that is even better.
  • Clean off all cleaners before insertion, including overnight soaking cleaner.
  • Brush your gums and use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Never use a whitening toothpaste. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can brush away the outer layer. There are toothpastes that have either been made for dentures, or they have been rated to be safe for them.

With the proper care you will never have to worry about denture related illnesses. Find out more at Billings Denture Clinic.

Make Removable Dental Prosthetic Permanent With Dental Implants

Make Removable Dental Prosthetic Permanent With Dental Implants

Losing teeth can be hard. Not only can it impact your health, but it can be an emotional loss especially depending on where the missing teeth are located.

Our staff at Castle Rock Dental is sensitive to your loss, which is why Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan offer a variety of dental implant services to help you permanently replace the teeth you’ve lost.

Use Dental Implants To Anchor Your Partial Dentures

Instead of choosing a removable partial denture or traditional dental bridge to replace your missing teeth, you have the option to have dental implants anchor your partial dentures. This will make them much more stable than either of the first two options.

Also, both removable partial dentures and traditional dental bridges are known for damaging natural teeth over time.

  • Removable partial dentures – Since a removable partial denture abuts against other teeth to secure its position, plaque and bacteria can build up between the abutment and the natural teeth. Also, the partial denture rests against the gums, which can cause irritation.
  • Traditional dental bridge – Natural teeth are ground down and capped with crowns to secure the replacement teeth. The replacement teeth have no other anchor to the jaw, so bone loss in that area of the jaw will happen over time.

Some consideration to think about as you look into implant-fixed partial dentures are:

  • Dental implant partial dentures help prevent the bone loss in your jaw as the implanted posts keep the bone from receding.
  • Implanted partials may be a more expensive option than other routes. This is dependant on how many teeth are being replaced.
  • Will act and look exactly like your natural teeth. No need to worry that something will become trapped under your fixed partial.
  • Potentially lasts for 10-15 years if proper care is given to fixed partial.

Securing Dentures With Implants

Traditional dentures are not always the most appealing options. As they need to be removed every night, many people are uncomfortable at the thought of being seen without their teeth. But full dentures is the best and most affordable option for those who are missing the majority of their teeth and the remaining ones are unsalvageable.

Implanted dentures remove many of the issues people have with dentures. They are securely anchored using titanium posts implanted into the jaw, so there is no slipping around in your mouth. You also will not have to drastically alter what you eat when your dentures are implanted, as they will be as strong and stable as your original teeth.

Some consideration to think about as you look into implant-fixed dentures are:

  • Potentially last over 10 years if proper care is given.
  • While an implanted set of dentures is more expensive than traditional removable dentures, it is significantly less expensive than a full set of dental implants or implanted dental bridges.
  • Maintains jaw bone density better than traditional dentures. This means your gums will shrink less as you will not need your dentures adjusted as soon as traditional dentures would require.
  • No need to ever be without your teeth with implanted dentures.

Dealing with the loss of your natural teeth is a hard process. However, with the advancements made it dental technology, our dentists are able to ease some of the hardship. To find out what your options are when it comes to permanently replacing your teeth, contact us today and see what our dentists can do for you.

 

​Considerations Before Investing In Partial Dentures

Partial Denture

When you find yourself in need of replacing several teeth at a time, you may be offered partial dentures as an option. Partial dentures are differentiated from regular dentures by the fact that they are used to replace only some of your teeth when you still have healthy original teeth remaining. However, there are some considerations you should review before you invest in a set of partial dentures.

Kinds Of Tooth Replacement

There are three common types of teeth replacement with one temporary option. These teeth replacement options are:

  • Dental implant – Longest lasting tooth replacement, this option is best when you are only missing one or two teeth. A dental implant, once the site of the implant is healed, will act and look exactly like your other teeth. It is also the most expensive option.
  • Fixed bridge work – This type of replacement can also be costly, depending on how many teeth need to be part of the bridge. It is affixed by grinding down the neighboring teeth and then the dental bridge is cemented on the ground down teeth.
  • Partial dentures – Commonly made to act like a removable retainer, partial dentures are generally designed to replace the loss of back molars. This teeth replacement is removable and is custom-fitted to snap snugly into place. Generally one of the most affordable option when you are missing many teeth but still have natural teeth worth saving.
  • Temporary partial – Also called a ‘flipper’, this tooth replacement is just for aesthetic purposes. It will sit directly on the gums and has no other support and is only used between tooth extraction and the healing of the extraction site so that a dental implant may be placed.

Who Should Consider Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can be a positive investment for many kinds of teeth-related needs. These positive attributes are:

  • Less invasive – For those who need multiple teeth replaced, a partial denture can be a less invasive teeth replacement options instead of multiple surgeries to put in dental implants.
  • Lower cost – When you are missing enough teeth that partial dentures are an option, the partials are usually the most affordable option.
  • Save teeth – Choosing partial dentures allows you to save some of your natural teeth, as the other option is that you have your original top teeth but then have a removable or implanted lower denture.
  • Addition possible – Depending on materials and location, it is possible to add to your partial dentures over time.

Downsides Of Partial Dentures

There are some downsides to choosing to invest in partial dentures, as no teeth replacement option is perfect. Those cons are:

  • Must remove – You need to remove the partial denture nightly for cleaning and sleep. This can bother some people, as they do not want to be without their teeth.
  • Adjustment time – As this kind of teeth replacement is removable, your mouth may adjust more slowly to the partial denture.
  • Plaque buildup – There may be an increase in plaque buildup in the teeth where the partial denture rests against.
  • Additional trauma – If you suffer any kind of trauma to your gums or remaining natural teeth, your partial may become shifted uncomfortably.
  • Bone loss – Over time you will suffer bone loss at the sites where you are missing teeth. This can cause a shift in your remaining teeth, causing your partial denture to no longer fit correctly.

There are many things you need to consider before you choose to have a partial denture. Here at Castle Rock Dental, Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan are ready to help support you through your life’s oral health needs. So contact us today and see what we can do to help with your oral health needs.

Enjoying The Holiday Feasts With Your Dentures

Enjoying The Holiday Feasts With Your Dentures

The holidays are racing toward us and festive treats are already making their appearances. But some people think their dentures may put a stop to enjoying your favorite holiday foods. Tins of peanut brittle, piles of corn-on-the-cob, and caramel popcorn are just a few of the tempting treats which can scare people with dentures. This fear can change the holiday feasting to a time of deprivation. That’s why implant-supported dentures are such a game changer.

Dental Implants Allows You To Enjoy Holiday Foods

Dental implants are replacement teeth which are rooted to the wearer’s jaw with a titanium post. When a partial or full set of dentures are implanted, multiple titanium posts anchor the dentures.

This means instead of worrying that chewing a piece of toffee will end in embarrassment, you can go ahead and eat with confidence. However, it is one thing to know that your dentures are anchored securely and another to believe it enough to eat confidently. Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan understand the concerns of those with denture implants, and they have some suggestions to help build your eating confidence.

  • Take careful bites – By taking small bites, you can grow more accustomed to how your dental implants act while chewing. Also, avoid biting with your front teeth for a while. Depending on how new your denture-implants are, biting with your front teeth can cause soreness. If you need to bite down, try using your canines or eyeteeth.
  • Eat sticky foods sparingly – There are many delicious holiday foods which are very sticky. While you can eat sticky foods with denture-implants, we recommend you only indulge occasionally in these foods. Also, be sure that you clean your dentures after you are done eating the sticky food to avoid allowing other foods to become stuck to residual stickiness.
  • Enjoy your food slowly – When it comes to holiday feasting, it can be tempting to eat lots of food quickly. But if you are not quite comfortable with your denture-implants or with eating in public, slower eating will help. Take your time cutting up your food into smaller bites and be sure to chew each bite thoroughly. Not only will you be more confident when eating but you can also more completely enjoy the holiday feast!

Revel In Holiday Feasting Again

It can be hard to feel restricted during the holidays when everyone else seems to be eating with reckless abandon. If you are ready to join in with the holiday feasting again, contact us today!

Dental Implant Care: Best Practices You Should Follow

Dental Implant Care: Best Practices You Should Follow

One of the major benefits of having dental implants is that they look and work just like your natural teeth. At Castle Rock Dental, Dr. Bronecki and Dr. Sullivan do their best to make sure you are happy with your dental implants.

Part of making sure you stay satisfied with your implant is learning to properly care for your dental implants. From single implants to dentures, it is important to know how to care for your implants to ensure they last and you stay healthy.

Be Careful Around These Things With Dental Implants

In the first couple of weeks post-dental implants, you will want to be careful what you eat. It is recommended that you:

  • Stick to a liquid diet or soft foods
  • Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods
  • Make sure your food is room temperature
  • Ice your gums to reduce inflammation (do not chew)
  • Do not use a straw for at least 3 days post surgery

After two weeks, you should not have any eating restrictions. However, there are things you should avoid or cut back on to help keep your implants in good condition.

  • Alcohol – Can stain your teeth, which may cause your implant to stain differently than your natural teeth. Also, the high sugar content in most kinds of alcohol can be very corrosive to your teeth as well as encourage bacterial growth.
  • Smoking – Like alcohol, the nicotine in a cigarette can be very damaging to the color of your teeth. It has been also linked to the development of other oral-related diseases.

Oral Care For Your Dental Implants

Some people may think that oral care is less important when they have dental implants. But it is perhaps even more important to care for these investments in your oral health as they can become vulnerable in different ways than natural teeth.

Some of the things you should do as you care for your oral health:

  • Toothbrush – A soft bristle brush is important to keep your teeth healthy and intact. A hard bristle brush can abrade your teeth too much, so make sure you are using a toothbrush with soft bristles. You can use either a manual toothbrush or an electric, either will work out well.
  • Floss – Flossing becomes even more important with dental implants. If your gums become inflamed from food lodged between tooth and gum, bacteria can slip more easily under your gums. Be careful to floss after every meal, even if you can’t manage to brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Mouthwash/rinse – To keep the bacterial population down and rinse out any dislodgeable food, be sure to rinse after every meal. You can use either anti-bacterial mouthwash or just a simple saltwater rinse. Whether you have full denture implants or single dental implants, rinsing is a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

Caring for your dental implants doesn’t have to be much more work than caring for your natural teeth. Just be sure you avoid the trap of thinking that they take less care than natural teeth.

New Patient Care At Castle Rock Dental In Billings, Montana

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New Patient Care At Castle Rock Dental In Billings, Montana

Here at Castle Rock Dental, we are so much more than your average dentist. Our dentists specialize in recreating and perfecting your smile with dental implants and dentures.

But it can sometimes feel intimidating when visiting a new dentist. To help put you at ease, we wanted to demystify what your first visit would be like.

Starting Your First Visit

When you come in for your first visit, be sure to come 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You will need to fill out our new patient forms. These forms are important, so they will need to be filled out to the best of your ability.

The information you will need to fill in:

  • Basic information – We will need basic information such as your full name, birthday, social security number, address, and emergency contact information.
  • Insurance card – If you have dental insurance, be sure to bring your provider’s information.
  • Medical history – There will be a section on your medical history. Some illnesses are first identified by your dentist, so it is important that you fill this section out to the best of your ability.
  • Medication list – Some medications interact poorly with certain dental procedures. Be sure to note down any medications you are currently taking.

New Patient Exam

Once you have finished your new patient information and have started your appointment, a dental hygienist will begin your dental exam. You will be taken from the waiting room and back to the privacy of the main office. The hygienist will x-ray your teeth so the dentist will be able to know what you may need.

While the x-rays develop, the dental hygienist will situate you in one of our comfortable, private patient rooms and clean your teeth. The new patient exam can take anywhere from 15-25 minutes.

Consulting With Our Dentists

Once your cleaning is finished, one of our dentists will come to consult with you. As Castle Rock Dental specializes in dental implants and dentures, your dentist will be focusing on which you may need.

When considering dental implants as a new patient, keep in mind:

  • Implants will boost smile confidence.
  • Natural teeth and implants will be indistinguishable.
  • Implanted dentures change face shape for the better.

Depending on your needs, you can have individual implants, partial bridge implants, or full denture implants. Your dentist will go over your options during your consultation to see what would best suit your needs.

At Castle Rock Dental, we value all our patients. Know that you can entrust us with your oral health and schedule a visit today!