Dentures (Full & Partial)

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable piece of equipment that replaces individual, multiple, or the complete upper/lower row of teeth along with the tissue surrounding the damaged area. A complete denture is used only when a full row of teeth are missing or need to be removed; a partial denture is used when there are still healthy teeth remaining. From there, determining the type of denture depends on the urgency of the issue. For an immediate denture, the measurements are taken in advance and placed immediately after the natural teeth have been removed. A conventional denture is placed after the tissue and teeth have been removed and healed, which could take anywhere between 2-3 months. A complete conventional denture is the most common or well-known type of denture.

How Do I Know If I Need Full Or Partial Dentures?

Though there are major health benefits to getting dentures, it is not always the lone factor that results in getting one. Some of the most common reasons that lead to getting dentures are:

  • Injury, gum disease, tooth decay and/Or cavities resulting in damage or loss of teeth
  • Restoration of smile, natural look & filling out facial features
  • Benefits for eating and to help speech impediment
  • Indigestion problems (Direct result of failure to chew properly)
  • Improving appearance to restore self confidence

If a denture is recommended and not followed through with, further complications may arise. For example, if a tooth is removed or missing and no denture is placed to fill the gap, the surrounding teeth may start to experience additional wear than they are used to. As a result, they could start to reposition themselves in the gums due to the extra work they will need to do. There are numerous reasons and ways to figure out if a denture is the best option and why to get them, but first and foremost, if you have any concerns, contact your dentist immediately.

How are dentures made to fit me?

Dentures have many benefits to health and appearance, but if not fitted correctly, they become more of a hindrance than a treatment. To find the perfect fit, changes might need to be made well after they are placed, but once the mouth and gums adjust themselves to the dentures, there should be no further alterations. No matter the type of denture you get, they all consist of the same basic steps, which are:

  1. Impressions are taken of your mouth to create a wax mold
  2. Models are then made from a stone-Like material called gypsum to create an exact replica
  3. Then placed onto an articulator, which simulates the movement of a jaw, to help correctly position the teeth
  4. Next, we match the color of your teeth & gums in order to replicate your natural smile
  5. Finally your dentures are constructed of metal (Base only) & covered with acrylic plastic
  6. Lastly, you will try on the Full or partial denture & we'll make any adjustments needed

What will wearing dentures be like?

Wearing dentures in the beginning will feel as if something is unnaturally sitting in your mouth. The longer you wear them, the more comfortable you and your gums will get. As far as how they will look, dentists put a lot of focus towards making sure they look natural. In some cases, the dentures can even improve a patient’s smile. When it comes to eating with dentures, it will be a little difficult in the beginning, but painless. It is recommended that you start with soft foods and as time goes on, you can slowly progress with other types of foods. Try to stay away from foods that are hot, sharp, sticky, hard, etc. Speaking with dentures will be somewhat difficult and you might find yourself having trouble saying specific letters or words that you didn't have issues with before. The only way to help this is with patience and practice by pronouncing words aloud to get used to saying them while your dentures are in. Within the first few weeks you may need to wear your dentures 24 hours a day, but everyone is different. Make sure to ask your dentist when you will be able to wear them only as needed.

Am I a good candidate?

If you would like to schedule a consultation to find out if dentures are necessary for you, please call our offices in Elmwood Park, IL at 708-456-1188 or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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