Dentures

Dr. Reece visits Houston Asian American Dental Society as their Guest Speaker

Dr. Reece recently traveled to Houston to visit with the Houston Asian American Dental Society as the guest speaker at their monthly meeting. Attendees enjoyed a 7 course dinner while hearing Dr. Reece's lecture and demonstration on "Neuromuscular Dentistry: Myths vs Fact" that introduced the participants to the principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry, and how pairing it with cosmetic and restorative dentistry is changing the way patients are being treated today.

The Houston Asian American Dental Society dentists gather to learn from Dr. Reece about the latest advancements in Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Dentists from across Houston listen as Dr. Reece lectures; prior to enjoying a 7 course meal at the famous Kim Son Restaurant.

Dentists watch attentively as Dr. Reece demonstrates a Neuromuscular Dentistry technique.

Dr. Reece is presented an award from the President of Houston Asian American Dental Society, Dr. Quynh Tan.

 

Learn more about Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Too much goo?

If you are a denture wearer and use an adhesive regularly, be aware of the contents in your adhesive!  Many denture adhesives contain zinc, which is a mineral that is needed in the human body, but it can turn toxic if too much is ingested.  The intake of excess zinc can have adverse neurological effects.  When applying your adhesive, it is important to follow the instructions in order to not overuse the adhesive.  Overuse of the denture adhesive can cause you to ingest toxic levels of zinc over time and create a copper deficiency.

If you have found yourself using more and more denture adhesive, it could be due to the fit of your denture.  Over time, the bone underneath the denture recedes or shrinks and will effect the fit of your denture, making it wobble or rub in certain places.  This is a time where patients tend to use more denture adhesive than recommended  to get the denture to stay in place.  To maintain the proper fit of your denture, you should see a dentist every six months to have it evaluated.  The average life expectancy is around 10 years and in this time, you should expect to need to have your denture relined to refit your changing mouth about every 3 years.

With a conventional denture, you will have naturally occurring bone loss no matter how often you see your dentist.  The use of dental implants to avoid the bone loss and retain the denture has become more and more popular.  The implantsact as roots and retain the level of bone longer.  This fit allows the denture to stay in place without the use of denture adhesives.

Teeth In a Day!!

It has been said that people would rather have bad teeth than a good denture.  When I first heard that, I was not so sure that I believed it.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I do believe it.  (Think about all the people we see with bad teeth).  Dentures are a poor substitute for teeth.  In reality, they are only a substitute for no teeth.   Then, if you factor in the emotional stress of loosing your teeth, it is easy to see why people are reluctant to trade their bad teeth for a denture. What if someone with bad teeth could trade in their bad teeth for  replacement teeth that are attached to implants and cannot be removed.  What if this trade could be made in just several hours.  This is what Teeth in a Day is all about.   I spent this past weekend in San Antonio at the dental school learning how to preform this procedure.   What is so amazing about this procedure is that so many people are candidates for these Teeth In a Day!!

In the coming weeks and months, I will be talking more about this wonderful treatment that can help so many people.  With Teeth In a Day  people won't have to decide between  bad teeth and a good denture.