Dentures – Itasca, IL

Get Your Full Grin Back

If you’ve been without teeth for a while, you know it’s a difficult situation. Lacking a whole grin turns many everyday tasks into daunting challenges. Still, tooth loss isn’t something you have to endure. You can always solve the problem with dentures in Itasca! At Hamilton Lakes Dentistry, these replacement teeth will restore your smile to full working order. Read on to learn more about how they work, or book a consultation visit with us!

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Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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As you’d expect, the best denture candidates are those suffering from the effects of missing teeth. These individuals struggle to eat their favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Given such trials, they endure a lower quality of life.

Of course, consulting our dentists is the best way to confirm your candidacy. They’ll perform an oral exam to see if dentures suit you. Should our office approve treatment, the whole team will draft a treatment plan to meet your needs.

All that said, not everyone with tooth loss may need dentures. For example, someone who still has teeth along an arch may benefit from a dental bridge or dental implants instead.

Types of Dentures

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If treatment is approved, a consultation will also settle what kind of dentures you need. (There’s more than one type of these restorations, after all.)  By the time it ends, in fact, the treating dentist will have suggested one of three possible varieties:

Partial Dentures

Per the name, partial dentures only replace a few teeth at most. They thus secure themselves with metal clasps that loop around your remaining pearly whites.

To ensure seamless results, dentists make each partial denture with an acrylic, gum-colored base. This component sits on the gums and helps keep other teeth from tilting.

Full Dentures

Full dentures (unlike partial ones) replace an entire arch’s worth of teeth. As a result, they stay in place with natural suction instead of clasps.

A full denture’s base doesn’t differ much from a partial's. It uses acrylic, gum-colored material just like other kinds. However, this denture part does sit more snugly due to being custom-made for your whole mouth.

Implant Dentures

You could try implant dentures if you’d like a more permanent and unwavering option. These kinds are more stable than the other choices and are great alternatives to standard models.

Implant dentures attach to (and get their name from) dental implants – restorations surgically placed in the jawbone. As these latter prosthetics become permanent parts of your jaw, they stimulate it to prevent deterioration. Therefore, the whole appliance is kept from slipping or falling from your mouth.

The Benefits of Dentures

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If you opt for dentures in Itasca, you’ll see many upsides. These include:

  • Lifelike Results – Dentures’ artificial teeth are lifelike and natural-looking. That being the case, you can count on them to give you a nice smile.
  • Boosted Confidence – Since dentures restore your whole smile, they help patients feel confident in their appearance.
  • Better Nutrition – By providing new teeth, dentures partly restore your ability to chew and bite food. From there, they let you eat a more nutritious diet.
  • Strong Lifespan – Dentures can last well over a decade when given proper care!

Dentures FAQs

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Our Itasca dental team is eager to help you discover new confidence with a set of beautiful, custom-made dentures. Still, we understand if you want to learn more about the road ahead before you book an appointment. Below, you will find answers to some FAQs about this treatment. If you do not find the specific information you were looking for, reach out to us directly. We would love to speak with you!

How Long Will You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Your Teeth Are Pulled?

Most patients need to wait 6 – 8 weeks after extractions to get their dentures. This period allows the gums to heal and provides some time for the shape of the gums to change; we want the dentures to fit as well as possible.

Of course, there are some exceptions. A number of patients choose to get immediate dentures, which are available on the same day as extractions. Other patients get implant dentures, which can have a significantly longer treatment time. However, they provide more long-term benefits.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

When you first receive your dentures, we might advise you to wear them for a full 24 hours. After that, however, you should remove them every night. This will give your gums a chance to rest. Plus, removing your dentures allows you to properly attend to oral hygiene. You will be able to thoroughly clean your gums. You should also soak your dentures in a cleaning solution to get rid of as much harmful bacteria as possible.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

Some parts of the denture process may involve a degree of discomfort. For example, if you need to get your remaining natural teeth removed, you can expect some soreness while you are healing.

When you first get your dentures, they may cause some minor gum irritation and other uncomfortable side effects. Usually, these issues go away as patients adapt to their new teeth. Practice using your denture as much as possible and call us if things do not improve within a few months.

If you experience severe pain with your dentures, call us right away. There might be a problem with your prosthetic or your oral health that needs to be addressed.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Some patients develop a slight lisp or find that their speech sounds somewhat unclear when they first get dentures. Practice speaking as much as possible so you can get used to the way your new teeth feel in your mouth. Some patients read out loud to help them through the adjustment process. Eventually, you may find that it is easier for you to produce clear sounds than it was before you got your dentures.