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What is DDS? Donated Dental Services

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) is an organization that provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get help in any other way. Program coordinators link volunteer dentists and labs with patients in need. One of our Seasons of Smiles Dental patients, Karen Davis, came to us through DDS. She has been given a beautiful new smile and is delighted to tears, not just her tears but ours as well. Karen gave our office permission to share her pictures and her story because she says that she can see her real self now when she looks in the mirror, and she wants others … Continue reading →

Cleaning Your Teeth In A Cup

Cleaning your teeth in a cup?

We recently had a patient state that one of his friends didn’t take care of his teeth. And, it really didn’t seem to bother his friend that he could lose his teeth. He will “just have dentures.” We’ve heard this statement many times, along with the joke of “then just doing a cleaning in a cup.” As dental professionals, we strive to keep teeth. We educate and provide therapy to achieve that goal. There are instances, however, where moving towards a denture is more cost effective and efficient for patients. There are a few implications that arise from having dentures that should be considered in making the decision to remove teeth and replace with dentures or partials. TASTE Full upper … Continue reading →

Valerie’s new smile makeover.

Valerie and Dr. Medina

Valerie’s new smile makeover. In this short video we discuss with Valerie her smile makeover. As you will see in the video, Valerie came to us with some interesting challenges, so although it took six months, she now can show off her smile with confidence. Most cases don’t take this long;  we are always willing to help you with any unusual situations you might have to help you create the smile you are looking for. “Well I just want to say I think you have a beautiful smile.”      “Thank you very much.” “Thank you for letting us video the results of your smile makeover. We wanted others to see what your smile looks like. So what do you think?”     … Continue reading →

Partial Dentures

Flexing a valplast partial denture.

While partial dentures may not be for everyone,  sometimes they are the only option. One of the main advantages of a partial denture is the ability to replace many teeth, at an affordable price. Valplast partial dentures are considered removable. There can be many advantages and disadvantages with partial dentures. One disadvantage of removable partials is that they come out, or sometimes while eating, they can move.  Partial dentures can take a while to get used to, which can be a challenge. The disadvantage can also be an advantage. The fact that partial dentures do come out makes everything easier to clean after a meal, since they come out. For more options on replacing teeth press here for a brochure … Continue reading →

Dentures – Frequently Asked Questions FAQ – Conclusion

Michael shows off his great smile.

  If you or a loved one has questions regarding dentures and would like to meet with us, we can be reached at (207) 236-4740. We would love to help you have the best possible denture possible. Where do we go from here? Where do we go from here?  It would be fun to do another denture for a patient for Donated Dental Services.  What can we do to make a better denture?  What can we do that is “New and and Improved“? Dentures with Color Characterization One of my pet peeves with dentures is the pink acrylic. We like dentures that look natural. It’s a dead giveaway to a denture when someone smiles widely and you can see the … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The First Visit

X-Rays showing teeth #'s 22,27.

This is our first visit with Mike, and in the back of my mind I knew that I wanted to do a write up, a step-by-step journal with pictures on what it takes to make a new set of dentures. There are so many concerns and anxieties expressed about dentures, and we’ve been looking for a way to share the process; dispel the fears and anxieties; and answer the many questions about dentures. But if we are to share this with our Internet friends, I wanted to work with an ideal denture candidate. What, you might ask, makes an ideal denture candidate? Every case is a bit different. If you would like to meet with us to discuss your options, … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Second Visit

Dr. Medina and Anastasia at work removing extracting teeth #'s 22 and 27.

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. Day 2 – This is a busy visit! We administer nitrous oxide to Mike so we can extract two teeth and take master impressions that will lead to his new smile. It is a few weeks before Christmas and we are wondering if we can get this project done before the holiday. This second visit is a long one; we will break it up into three parts. In the first part, Dara lends a hand as we take photo records. Dara takes photo records … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Third Visit

We are done for the day! We will be sending this off to Eliason Dental Lab. Thank you, Julie Skelton, for all your help; Eliason Dental Lab has offered to do this work for us at no charge. They can be reached at Eliason Dental Lab, 190 Riverside St., Unit 6B. Portland, ME 04103 (207) 774-7881 http://www.eliasonlab.com

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. In today’s visit, the first thing we do is check to see how Mike is doing. The extraction sites are healing nicely. I’m happy for Mike: he will never have another tooth ache, ever again. Remold, Reshape, Recontour The lab has sent us upper and lower wax rims for today’s visit. The wax rims are a starting point: we take the wax rims and remold, reshape, recontour them to the shape we think would be ideal for Mike’s mouth. Also in this visit, we … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Fourth Visit

We visually check to see how the denture looks.

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. On the last visit, we took the wax rims and sent them off to Eliason Dental Lab in Portland, Maine.   They took the wax rims and replaced the wax with the teeth we custom selected for Mike’s new smile.  These dentures may look real but only the teeth are real, everything else is wax. I have heard stories of patients taking their wax dentures home to show their families and drinking hot coffee! As you can imagine, the wax melts — a dental … Continue reading →

Dentures FAQ – The Fifth Visit

. . and a wonderful laugh!

We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day. The final dentures are back from Eliason Dental Lab and boy, do they look great! The dentures go in a little tight. Mike liked the idea of leaving them tight and I agreed, knowing that I would see him in 24 hours for the routine denture check, when we could start adjusting out the sore spots. Unfortunately, because of transportation issues we were not aware of, Mike was not be able to come in for another week. I think it was a long sore week … Continue reading →

ADA PatientSmart – Patient Education Center

The American Dental Association offers PatientSmart to it’s members. Through the years we have purchased so many dental educational brochures for our patients. I always liked the one offered from the American Dental Association. One thing that I liked about them was the “spirit” they were written in. They always had great pictures and illustrations, and they are written in simple laymen terms explaining what dental options are available. There were always so many brochures to choose from, and it was always a challenge to get the most relevant ones, and to order the right amount of these brochures. Now…. No more brochures!!! Seasons of Smiles Dental will environmentally do the right thing by purchasing this subscription from the A.D.A. … Continue reading →

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