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What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

There are many types of dental procedures to help you save and preserve your teeth. But sometimes, teeth simply can’t be saved. If it’s one or two teeth, it may not seem like much of an issue. But what if you have lost many of your teeth? What if most of your teeth need to be removed for some reason? How do you replace them? The answer is dentures. There is more than one type of dentures, and knowing which type you should choose is very important to your future oral health. This is your guide to the various types of dentures.


What Are Dentures?

Dentures replace missing teeth. They can be removed and replaced in the mouth as needed. Different types of situations will require different types of dentures.

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Which Type of Dentures is Right For You?

There are several types of dentures available for dental patients, and not all of them will be right for you. The most common types of dentures include:

  • Conventional Full Dentures: This is a full set of dentures that is given to someone when most of the teeth cannot be saved. The gums need a few months to heal after the remaining teeth are removed before the dentures are placed.
  • Immediate Full Dentures: This is also a full set of dentures, but it is placed inside the mouth immediately after the removal of the teeth. No time is spent without teeth, but the jawbone will shift as the gums heal and the dentures will need to be tightened at a future appointment.
  • Partial Dentures: Sometimes only some of the teeth need to be removed. In this case, partial dentures are provided for the parts of the mouth that are missing teeth.
  • Fixed Dentures: This is a full set of dentures, but it is more stable and natural. The dentures are secured in place with implants and attachments. They may be removable for cleaning or fully secured.
  • Fixed Partial Dentures: Similar to fixed dentures, these are secured in the mouth with implants and attachments, but only part of the mouth requires them.


Affordable Dentures in Bayonne, NJ

Excel Dental in Bayonne, New Jersey, can help you with your dental needs, including dentures. They offer all of the types of dentures mentioned above, and can help you determine which type is best for you. They will advise you on what to expect during implementation and how to care for your dentures afterward. They offer affordable prices and accept many different types of insurances. Contact them today to schedule an appointment!

Five Possible Causes of TMJ Disorders

TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) disorders occur when the system of bones, muscles, ligaments and discs in the jaw don’t function properly. The results are headaches and a painful jaw that clicks and pops. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research hasn’t discovered a direct cause of TMJ disorders, but there are several links to physical and medical conditions.

Before you can receive treatment for TMJ disorder, you and Dr. Sanjeev Sharma must know the cause behind your case. The most common causes of TMJ disorder are:

1. Arthritis: arthritis damages the cartilage in joints, causing pain and misalignment in the jaw.
2. Jaw trauma: if the jaw area is struck with enough force, the discs can be knocked out of alignment.
3. Misalignment: As jaw structure changes over time, the system doesn’t always fit together as it should.
4. Stress and teeth grinding: Plenty of people grind their teeth in their sleep or as a result of stress. Not everyone tooth-grinder develops a TMJ disorder, but teeth grinding elevates your risk level.
5. Gender: TMJ disorders most often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40, leading scientists to believe there could be a link between TMJ disorders and female hormones.

If you have a high risk level for TMJ disorders or you suspect you already have a TMJ disorder, contact Excel Dental at call skype logo360-666-5700. Dr. Sanjeev Sharma will assess your jaw alignment and prescribe treatment based on the cause of your discomfort. Call today to schedule an appointment with us and begin your journey to a pain-free jaw.

Oral Piercings Affect Not Just Your Looks

If you have been wanting to make a fashion statement with oral piercings, whether on your lips or tongue, we advise you to take some time to evaluate the health risks involved. Your mouth is by nature home to millions of bacteria (some of them bad), and this environment is perfect for germ production. What this means is that open wounds are a safety risk, and using metal jewelry in the mouth, whether you it is a ring, stud, or a barbell, is definitely riskier than wearing pierced earrings.

If you have done your homework, and still would like to have an oral piercing done, please be aware of the following risks:

X-ray blockage
When you come in for cleanings and X-rays, it is possible that your metal jewelry can block X-rays where you are wearing them. This can interfere with getting proper dental care.

Nerve damage
Sometimes after a piercing the tongue becomes numb from nerve damage. Usually this numbness is temporary, but it can sometimes be permanent. If this happens, your taste buds may be different, and it can also how your move your mouth. In addition, if there is damage to the blood vessels in your mouth you can lose a lot of blood.

Bacterial infection
The oral environment is a moist breeding ground for bacteria, making it susceptible to infection. If infections are not properly treated they can become life threatening. Also, if the tongue becomes swollen as a reaction to a piercing, it can block your airway.

Oral damage
Some people like to play with their piercings while wearing them. This habit, of using the tongue to tap the piercing, or biting it, can injure the gums and even crack or scratch sensitive teeth. Also, oral piercings can damage dental fillings.

Metal hypersensitivity
People can experience allergic reactions from the metal used in the piercing jewelry.

Excess saliva
Drooling can happen when the piercing increases saliva production and your mouth reacts to the metal jewelry. And while drooling isn’t dangerous, it doesn’t help your fashion statement either.

Now that you can see that oral piercings affect more than just your looks, they can also directly affect your health. So if you decide to move forward with a piercing, make sure to vet your piercing studio of choice. Make sure they are certified, that they take your health seriously as well as having excellent sanitation practices.

As always, our goal is to help you have a healthy smile, not just a fashionable one! If you have any concerns, we invite you to visit with our caring dentist, Dr. Sanjeev Sharma. You can reach our Excel Dental team in Battleground, Washington at call skype logo360-666-5700 today.

Time for a Spring Dental Cleaning

Spring, much like new year, is a time of new beginnings, as we prepare to shed the heavy weight of winter and move into a lighter, brighter phase of living again. You can revitalize your health this spring by getting a dental checkup and cleaning. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) one of the best things you can do for your oral health is to have professional dental cleaning every six months. These visits reinforce your at-home oral health regimen, and are designed to preserve your health, prevent disease and give you an opportunity to discover other areas in the mouth that may need further attention.

So, what can you expect at a typical dental cleaning? Dr. Sharma will provide diagnostic and preventative services which may include the following.

Diagnostic Services:

  • Checking the bite, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Taking x-rays, and assessing the teeth for decay
  • Planning treatment as needed
  • Oral cancer screening and exam
  • Evaluating the gum tissue
  • Referral to specialists for treatment as necessary

Preventive Services:

  • Removing plaque and tartar
  • Removing any stains on the tooth enamel
  • Applying fluoride if needed
  • Applying dental sealant as necessary
  • Polishing fillings and crowns


In short, a springtime dental cleaning can make your smile look its best while actively preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If you are ready to get your dental checkup, give our team at Excel Dental in Battleground, Washington a call at call skype logo360-666-5700 and let us help you brighten your smile!

Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Symptoms

The American Dental Association estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of onset is 62 years old. Statistically men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Bad habits like regular tobacco use and alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.

The basic oral cancer screening is performed at the end of your regular dental checkup. The dentist will check your tongue, throat, face, and neck. It’s a good idea to tell the dentist in advance, about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This includes a family history of oral cancer or lifestyle habits like regular alcohol and tobacco use.

Early symptoms include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling or a lump in your cheek. This could also be accompanied by a white or red area on the gums, tongue, tonsil. A persistent sore throat or a feeling like there is something stuck in the back of the throat are also common symptoms of pharyngeal cancer.

Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call us at call skype logo360-666-5700 FREE to schedule an appointment.

Have A Happy Valentine’s Day Without Halitosis

Valentine’s is a day meant to spend with your sweetheart, but your breath may not smell so sweet if you have a halitosis problem. Keep reading to learn more about halitosis and how you can banish bad breath this Valentine’s Day.

What Causes Halitosis?

Stinky breath can be embarrassing, and it may affect your relationship with others. Some causes for bad breath include the following:

  • Having a poor oral hygiene routine
  • Eating garlic, onions, dairy, and foods high in acids and sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Dieting
  • Tooth decay
  • An abscess (pus pocket in tooth root)
  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Dry mouth
  • A medical disorder (like bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, liver or kidney problem, etc.)

How Can I Prevent And Treat Halitosis?

The smells created by the rotting food and sulphur-producing bacteria in your mouth can ruin a kiss with your sweetheart, so fix a halitosis problem with these remedies:

  • Regularly brush and floss your teeth
  • Clean your tongue using a tongue scraper or toothbrush
  • Drink more water if you have a dry mouth problem
  • Keep a healthy diet
  • Rinse with a mouthwash
  • Treat underlying medical and dental problems

Please call Dr. Sanjeev Sharma today to learn more about halitosis and additional ways you can cure bad breath.


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