Posts for tag: Dentures

By James Pechloff, DDS
September 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentures  

If you’ve had the misfortune of losing all or most of your teeth (a condition called edentulism), you still have effective options for restoring lost form and function to your mouth. There is, of course, the traditional removable denture that’s been the mainstay for edentulism treatment for decades. If you haven’t experienced significant bone loss in the jaw, though, a fixed bridge supported by titanium implants could be a better choice.

But what if bone loss has ruled out an implant-supported fixed bridge? There’s still another option besides traditional dentures — a removable “overdenture” that fits “over” smaller diameter implants strategically placed in the jaw to support it.

A removable, implant-supported bridge offers a number of advantages for edentulism patients with significant bone loss.

Speech Enhancement. Any denture or bridge supported by implants will have a positive impact on speech ability, especially involving the upper jaw. But patients who’ve previously worn removable dentures may not see a dramatic difference but will still be able to benefit from the greater stability of the denture, particularly if the dentures were previously unstable.

Hygiene. A removable denture allows better access to implant sites for cleaning. Better hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease and further bone loss.

Long-Term Maintenance. Regardless of which type of implant supported restoration is used, it will eventually require some maintenance. A well-designed removable overdenture can make any future maintenance easier to perform.

Aesthetics. For personal satisfaction, this is often the ultimate test — how will I look? As a product of the evolving art of facial aesthetics, removable dentures supported by implants can replace lost tissues and restore balance to the face, and often produce a remarkable smile “makeover.”

To find out which restoration option is best for you, you should first undergo a thorough examination to determine the status of your facial and jaw structures, particularly the amount of bone mass still present. Ultimately, though, the decision should be the one that best fits your functional needs, while fulfilling your desires for your future smile.

If you would like more information on tooth restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fixed vs. Removable: Choosing Between a Removable Bridge and a Fixed Bridge.”

By James Pechloff, DDS
June 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying: “Take care of your dentures and your dentures will take care of you.” Well, maybe it’s not that old—but it’s still a sensible notion. Maintaining your dentures by routinely cleaning them and having them checked for fit will improve their longevity.

There’s one other thing you should include on your maintenance routine—avoid wearing your dentures 24/7, especially while you sleep. This bad habit could lead to some unpleasant consequences.

For one, wearing dentures continuously can accelerate bone loss in the jaw that eventually causes your dentures to lose their comfortable fit. Bone loss is a natural consequence of tooth loss because the bone no longer receives the stimulation to grow transmitted by the teeth during chewing. Dentures can’t transmit this stimulus; what’s more, the pressure they place on the gums and underlying bony ridges could make bone loss worse. You can relieve this gum pressure at night by taking them out.

Dentures can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that cause disease, irritation and unpleasant mouth odors. Taking dentures out at night deprives these microorganisms of a prime opportunity to carry on business as usual—and it’s also a great time to clean your dentures. People who sleep with their dentures in their mouth are more likely to have gum or oral yeast infections and higher levels of proteins produced by white cells that increase inflammation. That could contribute to other diseases throughout the body.

Besides taking your dentures out at night, you should also practice other daily hygiene tasks. Remove your dentures after eating and rinse them with clean water. Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and dish or antibacterial soap or dental cleanser (no toothpaste—it’s too abrasive for denture surfaces). Be sure you clean your gums and tongue every day too. When your dentures are out, store them in clean water or preferably an alkaline peroxide-based solution.

Removing your dentures at night and these other good habits will help extend the life and fit of your dentures. It could also help keep the rest of you healthy.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures: A Habit that Can Cause Health Problems.”

By Dr. James Pechloff
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The advantage of wearing dentures cannot be overstated. Not only do they enhance your smile, but they make eating easier and talking denturesmore natural. The restored structure inside the mouth also helps to "prop up" the facial muscles that can sag in the absence of teeth. Dr. James Pechloff, your dentist in Wauwatosa, WI, offers two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you've been thinking about dentures, but aren't sure which type you need, this article may help you.


If you're missing a few of your natural teeth but the rest are otherwise healthy, your Wauwatosa dentist might suggest partial dentures. These appliances consist of one or more porcelain teeth attached to an acrylic base that resembles the gums surrounding it. Partials, as they're often called, are held in place with curved metal clasps that attach to the teeth nearby. They are removed for cleaning and at night.


Complete dentures are the traditional "false teeth" that most people are familiar with, although great strides have been made to make them more comfortable and natural-looking. They are designed for people who either have no remaining natural teeth or need their teeth extracted due to health concerns. Complete dentures are crafted in a laboratory from measurements taken by your Wauwatosa dentist and fit over the upper and lower gum ridges through the use of adhesive paste and/or natural suction. Like partials, complete dentures need to be removed during sleep and for cleaning after meals.

It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures; the muscles and tissues in and around your mouth need to adjust to the new appliance. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, Dr. Pechloff, will thoroughly explain the process for wearing, cleaning and storing your dentures. For any further questions, or to make an appointment, contact our office at (414) 475-5505 today!

By James Pechloff, DDS
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Find out if dentures could give you back that healthy smile.

Want to find out if getting dentures from your Wauwatosa, WI dentist Dr. James Pechloff is the right choice for you? Then here are some Dentures things to consider before diving right into this dental restoration.

Who should consider getting dentures?

Dentures can be a great option for anyone who has lost most or all of their teeth and many patients dealing with extensive tooth loss could benefit from getting dentures. Depending on whether you still have healthy natural teeth or not, we will determine whether partial or complete dentures are the best restoration for you.

One thing your Wauwatosa dentist will also need to consider is the current state of your teeth and gums. Your smile should be free of decay or disease. If we find cavities or gum disease these issues will need to be treated before dentures can be placed.

Also, ideal candidates should be non-smokers and dedicated to properly caring for their dentures. This means brushing and cleaning dentures regularly and making sure to be gentle with them. Before you get your dentures your dentist in Wauwatosa, WI will sit down and discuss how to properly care for your dentures at home.

What dentures are right for me?

When you come in for your consultation we will discuss your smile goals, your habits, lifestyle and other factors that could help us determine which dentures will help you achieve the perfect smile. There are different kinds of dentures available in Wauwatosa including,

  • Full dentures: designed for those who are missing all of their teeth.
  • Partial dentures: for those patients only missing some of their teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures: for those patients looking for a permanent way to support dentures. The implants are placed into the jawbone where they fuse together to become one.
  • Immediate dentures: for those patients looking to get new teeth in the same day as their extractions.

If dentures sounds like the best dental option for you, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us today. Our goal is to give you a healthy smile to be proud of.

By James F. Pechloff, DDS
September 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures   Teeth  
Investing your money in new teeth is a big step, and Dr. James Pechloff wants Wauwatosa patients to know how to properly care for their dentures to get many years out of them.
Even though there are many advantages to having dentures, don't forget that caring for them is very important in keeping them in tiptop shape.

Dentures ImageListed below are some tips or rules to consider when caring for your Dentures:

  • Take them out and give them a break. Remove your dentures before going to bed so your mouth tissues can recover from wearing them during the day. If you cannot take them out at night, find a time to take them out for at least six to eight hours a day. When you take them out, soak them in warm water if they have metal clasps. If not, a half-vinegar, half-water solution is best. Soaking your dentures will help to remove stains, plaque, tartar and bacteria.
  • Handle your dentures with care. Dentures can break easily and should be cleaned over a folded town or bowl of water in case you accidentally drop them. Always remember never to leave them around children or pets.
  • Clean your dentures daily. Your dentures still need the cleaning attention of real teeth. Stains and tartar can still build on your dentures. Brush them with a regular soft-bristled brush, but not the same one you use for your real teeth. There is also special denture cleaning brushes. Use hand soap, mild dishwashing detergent, mildly abrasive toothpaste or dental paste when cleaning your dentures.
  • Look after your whole mouth, not just your dentures. Your gums need just as much care as your teeth do. Whenever you take your dentures out, be sure to massage your gums with a washcloth or a soft toothbrush.
  • See Dr. Pechloff at least once a year. He will examine your oral tissues for changes or sores that might become cancerous, as well as oral hygiene and denture care.
  • Watch for changes if your dentures are not fitting properly. The gums and bones of your mouth can change over time and can lead to your dentures not fitting properly. See Dr. Pechloff to adjust them properly.
  • Be sure to keep up with a healthy diet. Even though dentures make it difficult to bite and chew fresh fruits and vegetables, don’t miss out on the nutrients your body needs.
To thoroughly keep up with denture care, follow these steps and visit our office regularly. For more information about dentures, check out denture page here!
Do you have dentures, what are your tips for keeping them clean?