Partial and Full Dentures

denturesAt McGlone Dental Care we care for your smile. There are two main types of dentures – Full and Partial. We can help you choose the type of denture that’s best, whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced.

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures can take some getting used to, and will never feel the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are normal looking and more comfortable than ever.

How Do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums, the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth (the palate) while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

Types of Dentures:

  1. Conventional Full Denture: A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.  Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
  2. Immediate Full Denture: An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your teeth and jaw. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the dentures to become loose.
  3. Partial Denture: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

How Are Dentures Made?

The developmental process of a denture takes a few weeks and several appointments. Here’s the process you can expect:

  1. Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements to relate to one another and to see how much space is in between the chewing surface.
  2. Create models and wax forms in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. Try on model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape and fit before final denture is cast.
  3. The cast is your final denture.
  4. Adjustments will be made as necessary.

If you find yourself needing dentures or thinking about them, please think of McGlone Dental Care, we’d love to help you create the perfect fitting dentures.

Garage sale at our new building next Saturday, 7/30/16

We will be hosting a multi-family garage sale in the parking lot of our 2100 S. Lincoln Street property in Denver on Saturday, 7/30/2016.  We will be starting at 8 am.  If you love finding hidden treasures, please come and take a look and say hi.  We will have all sorts of items for sale; women’s clothing & shoes, men’s clothing & shoes, small kitchen appliances, dishes, some furniture, a large dog kennel, a couple of motorcycle helmets, various household goods, and much more!

If you need to make an appointment to come in and see the dentist, we can also make appointments while you’re shopping.  Win-Win!

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Anatomy of Your Mouth and Dental Structure

Anatomy of Your Mouth and Dental StructureThe anatomy of your mouth and dental structure includes the teeth, gums, tongue, palate, lips, cheeks, and floor of the mouth. Except for the teeth, the mouth is lined by mucous membranes. McGlone Dental Care in Denver takes care of it all for you.

Your teeth are held by the jaw bones and allow you to chew, talk, and shape your face. Children usually have 20 teeth and begin to develop their first permanent teeth by six years old. Adults usually have 32 permanent teeth.

There are different types of permanent teeth, each of which performs a specific function.

  • The front teeth are the central incisors. Adults have four central incisors; two on the upper and two on the lower arches. The teeth are sharp and help cut food.
  • The four lateral incisors are located next to the central incisors. These teeth have sharp edges for tearing food.
  • The sharp teeth located on either side of the lateral incisors are canine teeth. They can tear and bite food.
  • Eight teeth located next to the cuspids are premolars; two on each side of the mouth, four on the upper and four on the lower arches. These teeth tear and crush food.
  • The large teeth are Molars located in the back of the mouth behind the premolars. Adults have twelve molars (four being wisdom teeth), with six in the upper and six in the lower arches; three on each side of the mouth. Molars chew and grind food.
  • Wisdom teeth are the final four molars that most adults develop in the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth usually appear during the teen years but can develop at any time. Not all wisdom teeth have to be taken out, but because of the risk of overcrowding, infection or misalignment, they may need to be removed.

The anatomy of your mouth and dental structure also includes the gums, which are soft tissue in the mouth covering the bone holding the teeth in place. The gums are a protective barrier for the teeth and jaw bone.

The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth attached at the bottom of the mouth by a membrane on its underside. The top surface of the tongue contains tiny nodules or bumps that include the taste buds.

The tongue helps us taste, chew, digest, swallow and speak.

The palate is the roof of the mouth. The hard palate is the immovable, solid area of the roof of the mouth attached to the teeth and gums. The soft palate, the flexible area of the mouth where the gag reflex occurs, is located behind the hard palate towards the back of the throat.

The cheeks are the sides of the mouth to the front of the face and lips. They are made up of subcutaneous fat, with the outside layer covered by skin and the inside mucous membrane. The cheek muscles help us smile, swallow, chew, and digest food.

The lips connect to the front of the cheeks and are the soft and pliable fleshy tissue. Skin covers the outside of the lips. The gums are attached to the lips inside the mouth that are covered by the mucous membrane. Blood vessels give lips their red color.

The tongue takes up most of the floor of the mouth. The floor of the mouth has mucous membranes, glands, and portions of the muscles of the tongue and nerves.

For complete care of your entire mouth, teeth and much more, contact McGlone Dental Care in Denver for an appointment.

What is the Difference Between Periodontitis and Gingivitis?

Periodontitis and Gingivitis Dental Care DenverIt’s important to understand what is the difference between periodontitis and gingivitis because they can lead to tooth loss and an emergency visit to McGlone Dental Care in Denver.

Gingivitis is gum inflammation and if left untreated can progress to periodontitis known as gum disease. Gum disease is the leader cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gingivitis is bacteria in plaque which builds up and can cause the gums to be irritated, inflamed, and bleed. If gingivitis is not treated it can progress to periodontitis which is when the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets.

These pockets then collect debris and get infected, producing bacteria as the plaque spreads and gets under the gum line. The bacteria produces toxins and poisons, and it starts to break down the bone and tissue that keep the teeth in place. Left untreated, the pockets can deepen, and more gum tissue and bone are lost. The teeth become loose and often, tooth loss may occur.

Although plaque is the major cause of gum disease, other things can contribute to it. Some of those are hormonal changes, illnesses, smoking, bad oral hygiene, and family history.

According to WebMD, you may not even know you have gum disease, that’s why it’s important to have regular visits to the dentist. There are some symptoms you can look for, including,

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing;
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums;
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth;
  • Receding gums;
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums;
  • Loose or shifting teeth;
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together when you bite down or fit in partial dentures.

At McGlone Dental Care in Denver, we suggest regular dental exams so the dentist can check for bleeding gums, swelling, firmness, pocket depth; teeth movement, sensitivity, and alignment. Gum disease can be treated with therapies that control bacterial growth and possibly surgery to help restore the gums. Plaque control is very important and why visiting a dentist twice a year is so crucial, along with daily brushing, antibacterial rinses, and flossing.

There are some things you can do besides caring for your teeth, including, stopping smoking, reducing stress, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding clenching or grinding your teeth. Despite everything you do, the American Academy of Periodontology reports that up to 30% of Americans may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. If you know members of your family have had gum disease; you may want to increase your dental check-ups, cleanings, and treatment to prevent gum disease.

It’s important to understand what is the difference between periodontitis and gingivitis because they can lead to tooth loss and even worse, gum disease can contribute to other serious health conditions like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

What Causes TMJ and What Are the Symptoms?

You should know what causes TMJ and what are the symptoms, because What Causes TMJ and What Are the Symptomsthe temporomandibular joint which is affected, is the hinge that connects the jaw to the bones of the skull, right in front of the ears. This joint is critical because it lets your jaw move up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

If you have problems with your jaw and the face muscles that control it, they’re called temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Many people wrongly call it TMJ, after the joint, but is correctly referred to as TMD.

The exact causes of TMD are unknown. Many dentists believe that TMD symptoms come from problems associated with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint. Sometimes an injury to the jaw, the joint, or the head and neck muscles can lead to TMD. Other possible causes may be grinding or clenching the teeth, movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint, arthritis in the joint, and stress.

According to WebMD website, TMD can be very painful. It can last a short time or for many years. It could be on one side or both sides of your face. The significance is unknown, but more women than men get it, and people between the ages of 20 and 40.

WebMD suggests if you have TMD you may have these symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you speak, chew or open your mouth
  • Problems when you open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that feel like they get stuck or locked in the open or closed positions
  • Grating, clicking or popping in the jaw joint as you close or open your mouth, or chew
  • Trouble chewing or a painful bite because the upper and lower teeth do not fit together
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Toothaches, dizziness, earaches, headaches, neck aches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

To help the pain if you have TMD, you can take medication, use moist heat or cold packs, get dental work to correct a bite problem, eat soft foods or cut food into small pieces, avoid extreme jaw movements, wear a splint or night guard, stop resting your chin in your hand, keep teeth slightly apart, and practice relaxation techniques. There are other options, including surgery.

It’s important to know what causes TMJ and what are the symptoms, so when you have symptoms, McGlone Dental Care in Denver can help you decide if they are related to TMD or other things like tooth decay, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum disease.

Introducing Dr. Greg McGlone to Denver

Dr. Greg McGlone moved to Colorado from the Cincinnati area in 2015 and homepage1took over a dental practice in the Galleria Tower Office Building at 720 S. Colorado Blvd.  Since last year, he’s been busy meeting new patients and filling his days doing what he loves…fixing people’s teeth and helping them have the best possible smile they can have.   If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Dr. McGlone yet, he’d love to meet you and say hi.  He’s very personable and has a great demeanor.  He loves what he does.  He’s passionate about dental care and makes having dental work done actually fun.  In fact, every morning when he comes in he says “Are we ready to have some fun today?!” 

Dr. McGlone  purchased a building on the corner of S. Lincoln and Evans Avenue, 1 block North of S. Broadway and has been in demolition mode in his spare time.  A complete remodel will be under way soon at that location.   McGlone Dental Care is hoping to open for business at the second location sometime this fall.  The plan is to have 2 office locations and hire more staff.  Meaning additional availability for our current patients and also allow us to take on new patients and grow our practice gradually.  Keep your eyes open for news about the new building and when our grand opening will be. We’d love to meet you and give you a tour of the new location!

Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Many Americans do not realize the importance of regular dental visits. McGlone Dental Care recommends a dental check-up every six months, not only to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but also to help protect you from other health problems like infection, heart disease, and strokes. A dental check-up, teeth cleaning, and x-rays underscore the importance of regular dental visits. Your dentist will check for cavities, and remove plaque and tartar which can cause diseases in the mouth. With regular check-ups, discovering cavities, broken fillings and early signs of gum disease can be easily fixed. If not, root canals, surgery, and removal of your teeth may be the only options left. The importance of regular dental visits is enhanced when you are given advice for the care of your teeth. Dentists recommend brushing and flossing twice a day, limiting the amount of sugar you eat, using toothpaste that contains fluoride, rinsing with mouthwash, and quitting smoking.

The importance of regular dental visits can’t be stressed enough for children. McGlone Dental care in Denver recommends that as soon as your child is 18 months old, they should see a dentist for a checkup. The dentist can make sure their teeth are coming in as they should and teach them to care properly for their teeth. Also, early dentist visits will make them comfortable and confident for future visits.

Often, bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by things that can be fixed, like not brushing and flossing enough, food trapped in your teeth, gum disease, mouth cancers, or unclean dentures. When you fix these problems, usually the bad breath goes away. Your trip to the dentist can also help remove most of the tobacco, coffee, and tea stains on your teeth, preventing you from feeling confident in your smile.

Your teeth are important, but your gums are too. The importance of regular dental visits is so your dentist can look for signs of gum disease (periodontal disease), which may include swollen, tender gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by plaque and eats away at the tissue and bones that hold your teeth in place.
Gum disease is the number one reason adults lose their teeth.

Plaque can build up and turn into tartar and is often very hard to get off. The plaque produces toxins, which irritate the gums and causes the inflammation and gingivitis, which turns into gum disease if it’s not removed. This points out the importance of regular dental visits, so the plaque and tartar can be eliminated. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed. If the plaque and tartar aren’t removed, you may develop gum disease, which can cause the teeth to loosen and fall out.

It’s critical to see the dentist twice a year because gum disease is also connected to some other severe health problems, like rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease? Medical experts aren’t exactly sure why they are connected, but many believe it is the inflammatory process that happens as gum disease progresses. So the importance of regular dental visits is directly related to your overall health.

During your vital periodic dental checkup in Denver, the dentist will screen your mouth for cancer. This can be a life-saving exam. Did you know that The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that someone in the United States dies from oral cancer every hour? If it’s caught early, it is very curable.

Most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of dental cleanings and checkups, twice a year. So now that you know the importance of regular dental visits, there is no excuse not to go. Make an appointment with McGlone Dental Care in Denver now, so you can have beautiful, healthy teeth, and avoid so many problems in the future.

Finding the Right Dentist in Denver

Do you need help finding the right dentist in Denver?

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Have you moved, changed insurance companies, or have a problem with your teeth? At McGlone Dental Care, we know that finding the right dentist is important. There are many factors you should consider when finding the right dentist.

Check with your insurance company for a list of dentists that take your insurance. You need to choose the best dentist for your particular needs. Some dental procedures are very expensive, and you want to make sure you are covered. Your insurance company may have additional information about them, including location and type of dentistry services offered. If you have questions about what is covered, make sure you check with your insurance company. Since this is such an important decision, you may want to talk to or visit more than one dentist on your insurance list, to get an idea for their style and practice.

When finding the right dentist in the Denver area, there is nothing better than a recommendation from someone who has direct experience with a particular dentist. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations. They can give you a personal referral to their favorite dentist. Even your local family doctor or pharmacist may be a good resource for a recommendation. If it’s a matter of you just moving locations, you may want to ask your current dentist for a referral.

In today’s high-tech world, there is a lot of information at your fingertips for finding the right dentist. There are many websites that list dentists, provide details about their dental practice, and allow patients to leave reviews. Also, most dentists have websites, which can provide you with lots of information about who they are, their education, and whether it is a good fit for you. There are dental societies or associations in Denver that can be useful reference points. You may want to start with www.ada.org.

If you’ve narrowed the list down to a few, don’t feel shy about going to their offices and asking questions. Check out whether you feel comfortable. Does their facility seem clean and modern? Are they responsive to your needs, and can their office hours accommodate your schedule?

You may even want to schedule a dental exam and see for yourself whether you have found the dentist that is a fit for you. Your teeth are important and finding the right dentist is key to good dental care. You want to feel comfortable in the location of the dental office that it is not too far from your home or work. Make sure they are open on the days or hours you need.

If you have particular health care or dental needs, ask them if they can be addressed. If you are disabled, check out if the office is set up to offer convenience and accessibility for your needs. Another thing to ask in your quest for finding the right Denver dentist, is how does the office handle any emergencies outside of normal office hours? McGlone Dental Care knows these are all important considerations and wants to answer any questions you have, so you can find the dentist that is perfect for you.

Galleria Office Towers Morning Coffee & Donuts

Location:  720 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO  80246

Date & Time:  5/19/16 from 7 am to 9 am

Please stop by for a cup of coffee, donuts and a new toothbrush (& other dental goodies) and to meet the staff of McGlone Dental on Thursday, 5/19/16 between 7 and 9 AM.  We’ll be set up near the guard desk on the main lobby level.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and make appointments on the spot for your dental needs.

We hope to see you on the 19th!