Mythbusters: Dentures Edition | Northridge Dentist

When our smiles start to head south, our first inclination is to find out if it’s possible to be fixed. So, we take a trip to the dentist to find out a plan of attack. Depending on your particular case, one of the options you may be faced with is getting dentures. I know it sounds scary but don’t worry – it isn’t as bad as you think it’s going to be. Today’s dentures are comfortable, natural-looking, and can vastly improve your life. Still hesitant? Let’s clear up any misconceptions:

Myth: Once I receive my new dentures, I’m set for life.

Fact: According to the American Dental Association, dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years due to wear and tear and natural changes in your mouth. Swapping them out every so often will keep your smile bright and intact.

Myth: I don’t have to go to the dentist once I receive my new dentures.

Fact: You will need to see your dentist at least once a year so that any corrective measures with the fit of your dentures may be taken and serious problems avoided.

Myth: Apples and corn on the cob are a thing of the past once I get my dentures.

Fact: Eating with dentures takes adjustment but over time you will likely be able to enjoy all the foods you weren’t too sure about.

Myth: It will take forever for me to adjust to my new dentures.

Fact: It will take a little adjusting for your facial muscles and oral tissue, but they will adapt to the dentures in a very short time and you should soon feel quite comfortable with them.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt, DDS by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt gladly accepts patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Did George Washington Have Wooden Teeth? | Northridge Dentist

As soon as we begin to learn some American history in school, we hear this myth. Not only do we believe it, but we revel in the fact that it even happened. But this little factoid does, in fact, do a disservice to our nation’s first president (and his dentists), who, plagued with a variety of tooth ailments early in life, actually sought out the most advanced dental practices of his time. The fun trivia? George Washington had wooden teeth

Washington began losing teeth in his twenties. In 1783, at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, he enlisted the expertise of Jean Pierre Le Moyer, a French naval surgeon who gained a reputation for his pioneering work in tooth implantation. Records show Washington purchased nine teeth from his own slaves in 1784, and documentation strongly suggests the teeth were meant for implantation or to be used in his own dental prosthetics.

Why real human teeth? The 18th century saw a rise in the use of real teeth to replace rotting ones, and with good reason. While ivory and bone were prized for their ability to duplicate human teeth, the solution would be a temporary one. Saliva will eventually break down false teeth made from bone, leaving the wearer with a rotten taste in his mouth and a serious case of halitosis.

By the time Washington became president in 1789, he possessed only a single tooth and needed new dental prosthetics. John Greenwood, considered by many to be the father of modern dentistry, made several sets for him during this time using gold, metal, and hippopotamus ivory—which has a thick enamel coating—to create upper and lower mouth plates connected by gold-wire springs. In one version, both human and cow teeth were secured into the plates using brass screws.

Although they were not wood, Washington’s false teeth sound like they were torture to wear. Springs designed to keep the plates in place pushed Washington’s mouth open, requiring him to remain vigilant just to keep it closed. Washington found them so irritating he often kept his speaking engagements to a minimum. His second inaugural address was the shortest in history at only 135 words.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt, DDS by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt gladly accepts patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Denture Myths And Facts | Northridge, CA

Today’s dentures are comfortable, natural-looking, and can vastly improve your life. Here are some common misconceptions and the real facts.

Myth: Once I receive my new dentures, I’m set for life.

Fact: According to the American Dental Association, dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years. Just like natural teeth, your dentures will wear down and stain over the years. The tissue in your mouth and jaw bone changes constantly. As a result, your dentures will require adjusting and rebasing periodically so that they continue to fit perfectly.

Myth: I don’t have to go to the dentist anymore, once I receive my new dentures.

Fact: You will need to see your dentist at least once a year so that any corrective measures with the fit of your dentures may be taken and serious problems avoided. Also be sure to see your dentist at the first sign of irritation or frequent sore spots on your gums, no matter how minor you may feel it is.

Myth: Apples and corn on the cob are a thing of the past once I get my dentures.

Fact: Eating with dentures takes adjustment but don’t get discouraged. You will learn to bite and chew in a slightly different way. You will likely be able to enjoy eating apples, corn and many other foods you have been avoiding when you have mastered the art. Your dentist will be happy to help you work through any problems you encounter.

Myth: It will take forever for me to adjust to my new dentures.

Fact: Dentures are a substitute for your natural teeth and will therefore take some getting used to. Some people will feel comfortable with their dentures in a week, some will take longer. It will take a little adjusting for your facial muscles and oral tissues but they will adapt to the dentures in a very short time and you should soon feel quite comfortable with them.  If not, be sure to contact your dentist.  You may need a simple adjustment.

For more information on Dentures, contact Dr. David Lunt and make an appointment at (818) 885-7230 or visit our website.

Dr. David Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.

Tired of Soaking your Dentures and Using Adhesives? Implant Supported Dentures | Northridge, CA

 

 

 

Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA  is proud to offer Implant Supported Dentures.  These types of dentures are a more permanent solution to regular dentures that can slip, are painful and make it hard to eat. They are custom made to fit your mouth and needs.  If you don’t need full dentures, you can get partials. There are several different types of implant supported dentures available.

How do they work?

Implant snaps are placed. The denture is then anchored to the implant snaps. This creates a more stable and comfortable fit. Two or more implants snaps can be used. The more implant snaps used, the more stable the dentures become.

What are the advantages?

  • No adhesives
  • Easier to chew
  • More comfortable than traditional dentures
  • Improved speech
  • Visual appearance
  • Reduced bone loss common with traditional dentures

To learn more about this revolutionary new dental procedure, contact Dr. Lunt at 818-885-7230 or www.davidluntdds.com.

Is It Time For Dentures? | Northridge, CA

The only one who can really tell if it’s time for you to get dentures is your dentist. Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, Ca has the expert knowledge and expertise to suggest dentures after a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. If dentures are suggested by Dr. Lunt, there are several denture options available and he will help you decide which is best for you.

The following are some signs that you are a good candidate for dentures:

Severe tooth decay: if the teeth are so decayed they are beyond repair, then they will need to be pulled. If it’s only a few teeth, a bridge can be used. If a majority of the teeth are decayed or missing, a full denture would be needed.

Physical Injury: People with sports injuries or accidents which lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease: If teeth and gums are left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.

Thanks to the modern advancements in technology, dentures are not what they used to be. There are several options available from different shapes, sizes, colors and the new implant supported dentures. They are custom fitted to give you the smile you have always wanted and no one will have to know you are wearing dentures.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures! Make an appointment today 818-885-7230 or www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.