Restore Function and Appearance with Customized Dentures
Tooth loss remains a widespread problem. In fact, over a quarter of Americans between the ages 65 and 75 have lost all their teeth. If you are looking for an effective way to restore missing or damaged teeth, dentures offer a time-honored approach. At his Kenilworth, IL, practice, Drs. Art Carpenter and Sejal Jobalia can discuss the wide array of denture types that are available and assist you in finding the restoration that best meets your needs. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.
Traditional removable dentures are held in place using a combination of natural suction and dental adhesives. This allows patients to remove their dentures at night for cleaning. With proper care, traditional dentures can last between five and ten years.
For patients looking for more stability, our doctors also offer implant-supported dentures. Dental implants are tiny posts placed in the jaw. Because these posts fuse with the surrounding bone, implant-supported dentures remain securely in place and will never shift or slip. Implant-supported restorations guard against the bone atrophy that results from long-term tooth loss. This can also preserve your oral health by preventing remaining teeth from shifting, loosening, and falling out. Although your implant-supported denture may need to be replaced over time, it will maintain a precise and comfortable fit.
Types of Dentures
Several types of dentures and restorative materials are available. The type that Dr. Carpenter or Dr. Jobalia recommends will depend on your needs, budget, and treatment goals.
Full dentures are intended for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the lower jaw, upper jaw, or both. Traditional dentures are custom-fabricated for a snug, comfortable fit. Missing teeth can cause the jaw to shrink over time, so patients with full dentures will need to visit their dentist regularly so their restoration can be relined and refitted.
Partial dentures are designed for patients who are missing several teeth. Traditional partials are held fast by a connective plastic or metal structure placed around adjacent natural teeth. Dr. Carpenter offers customizable Cu-Sil® partial dentures, which provide a more precise fit and greater stability than traditional partial dentures.
Dentures can be constructed from a number of materials. Patients who are interested in a more affordable restoration often choose dentures with prosthetic teeth made of acrylic. Those interested in a more natural-looking and durable alternative often choose porcelain teeth fitted on a plastic base.
Benefits of Dentures
For patients struggling with tooth loss, dentures offer a number of benefits:
- Improved nutrition and ability to enjoy your favorite foods again
- Restored speech and clearer enunciation
- Dentures support your facial structure for a stronger jawline and well-defined cheeks, resulting in a more youthful appearance
- Traditional dentures are considered the most affordable restorative option and require less extensive treatment than bridges or implants
Dentures can also help boost your self-esteem. Some people experience embarrassment or concern over gaps or teeth in poor condition and may even try to avoid smiling or laughing. By replacing missing teeth, dentures can help restore patients' confidence in their smile.
Contact Us Today
Our doctors deliver quality care to each patient and can tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique goals. If you are interested in learning more about dentures, contact us today to discuss your options.