Dentures – Skokie, IL
Enjoy a Full Smile with New Dentures
It doesn’t matter how you’ve lost your teeth—gum disease, severe decay, traumatic injury or any other reason. The goal now must be replacement, and dentures in Skokie are an excellent option. Dentures stand in for missing teeth so you can once again smile, speak and eat with confidence. They also help prevent a drooping facial appearance that can make you look many years older.
What Are Dentures?
No doubt you’ve heard people talk about dentures, but what exactly are they? A denture is an oral prosthetic that is comprised of false teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. Depending on the degree of tooth loss, you’ll either need a full denture to complete your smile after total tooth loss, or a partial that is designed to fill in the gaps when you still have teeth remaining. A partial is held in place with brackets, while a full denture stays secure with natural suction and denture adhesive if necessary. With good care and maintenance, traditional dentures should last five to seven years. Implant-retained dentures last much longer.
There are two types of removable dentures:
- Conventional complete dentures are fabricated and placed in the mouth once remaining teeth have been removed and gum tissue has healed. This can take several months.
- An immediate full denture can be worn right after remaining teeth are extracted. During a preliminary visit, we’ll take measurements of your mouth and jaw, so you won’t have to be without teeth during healing.
The type of dentures that are best for you will depend on your oral health, your budget and your lifestyle.
If you are missing just a few teeth, whether consecutive or not, your dentist in Skokie may suggest a partial denture. There are both fixed and removable partials.
A fixed partial remains in your mouth at all times. It is either attached to healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile or to dental implants. A removable partial attaches to healthy teeth and can be taken out at night for cleaning.
As the name suggests, dental implants secure these dentures in your mouth. The implants are carefully placed along your jaw, usually toward the front in the case of a full denture, where the greatest bone density is usually available. A full denture typically needs four to six dental implants; a partial may only need one or two implants. Implant-supported dentures are frequently used to replace teeth missing along the lower jaw, because dentures here are more likely to slip if not firmly secured.