All About Dentures
Dr. Gripentrog and Dr. Rogers know that our patients in Glenview want to have their smiles back and the dentures we provide help make that happen. We offer traditional dentures, fixed dentures, as well as, denture stabilization.
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 your needs. Our Glenview dentists take pride in our collaborative process, working together with you to select the right options for your smile to achieve the best treatment result.
When you are missing some teeth, but still have 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 your ability to eat solid foods 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 since 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.
You 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 a lisp and difficulty with speech when they are new, but as your mouth adjusts to the appliance, these difficulties should resolve themselves.
Eating soft foods cut into bite-sized pieces will help patients quickly adjust to their new dentures, with more solid foods being introduced gradually as the mouth adapts to the dentures.
The fit of your dentures depends on how healthy your gums are. That’s why we recommend you see us at least once a year for a denture check-up. Denture adhesives are a temporary fix at best, and our office can serve you better with proper custom-fitted dentures.
Don’t worry—overuse of your denture doesn’t cause it to wobble! That’s a result of changes in the mouth, mainly the natural shrinkage of gum tissue and bone. Again—we can help! Just reach out to our Glenview office and your dentist can help you figure out your next steps.