Dentures in Glenview IL
Medical conditions, some prescription medications, and the effects of aging can all cause tooth loss. Teeth can be damaged beyond repair through trauma, decay, or advanced gum disease. When several or even all teeth are lost or require extraction, many patients choose dentures to replace these missing teeth.
Gallery Park Dental offers a range of full and partial dentures to fit all of our patients' needs. Our Glenview dentists take pride in our collaborative process, working together with patients to select the right options for each individual to achieve the best treatment result.
When a patient is missing some teeth but still has healthy teeth remaining, partial dentures are used. Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base and supported by either a flexible or metal framework. The framework attaches to the healthy teeth to anchor the denture in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures not only replace missing teeth in the mouth but also help maintain proper spacing of the remaining natural teeth. Over time, teeth can shift position after a tooth is extracted or lost, leading to bite problems, bone loss, and loose teeth. Partial dentures worn regularly will help minimize these side effects of lost teeth and allow a patient to continue talking and chewing normally.
When all of the teeth in an arch (upper or lower) are lost, full dentures are used. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth and are held in place by natural suction. Full dentures can restore a patient's ability to eat solid foods again and offer structure to the mouth, helping to minimize the "sunken" look that can occur after teeth are lost.
The advances of implant technology now allow us to create removable dentures that are supported by implants. These dentures are known as implant-supported dentures or overdentures. Overdentures offer an advantage over traditional dentures in that they are secured in the mouth using special clasps attached to implants embedded in the jaw bone. These clasps give a more secure fit for dentures, preventing the slipping and flapping that some patients complain of with traditional full dentures.
Adjusting to Dentures
New dentures will take some time to adjust to. In the first days after being fitted for new dentures, our Glenview dentists usually ask patients to wear their dentures full time, even while sleeping. This helps us identify "sore spots" in the mouth where adjustments may be necessary. Once the dentures are properly adjusted, most patients will remove their dentures at night while sleeping.
Patients can expect to have excess saliva in the first few days of wearing new dentures, but this side effect will fade over time. Dentures can also cause lisping and difficulty with speech when they are new, but as the mouth adjusts to the appliance, these difficulties should resolve themselves.
Eating soft foods cut into bite-sized pieces will help patients more quickly adjust to their new dentures, with more solid foods being introduced gradually as the mouth adapts to the dentures.
Restore Your Smile with Dentures
If you are missing teeth and are interested in removable dentures to restore your smile and bite, contact us today to schedule a consultation.