Dentures have come a long way since George Washington sported a wooden set. Today's dentures fit better than ever and look just like your natural teeth. Mount Prospect, IL, dentist Dr. George Mui explains how you can benefit from dentures and discusses common denture types.
Dentures aren't just cosmetic
Your teeth help give definition to the lower part of your face. When you choose not to replace your teeth, your cheeks can quickly take on a sunken appearance. Although improving your appearance is a key benefit of denture wear, dentures also offer other important advantages.
Many types of food are difficult or impossible to eat without teeth, which may prompt you to switch to a soft food diet. Unfortunately, many of the foods that are part of a healthy diet, such as fruits and vegetables, can't be eaten easily without teeth. When you fail to eat a varied diet, your health can eventually suffer. Dentures help you ensure that your nutritional needs are met.
Have you noticed that it's harder to pronounce some words since you've lost your teeth? Teeth play an important role in clear speech. Wearing dentures makes it much easier to speak clearly and confidently.
Several types of dentures are available
We'll discuss your dental needs with you when you visit our Mount Prospect office and recommend one or more of these types of dentures based on the degree of tooth loss you've experience and your preferences. Denture types include:
- Immediate Dentures: As the name implies, these dentures are added to your mouth immediately after your teeth are extracted. Wearing immediate dentures may ease the adjustment period. Because your mouth will change as it heals, you'll need to return to our office periodically for adjustments to your immediate dentures.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures are placed in your mouth after healing occurs. Regular visits to our office will help you ensure that your dentures fit well. If the fit is ever a problem, we can make small adjustments that will increase your comfort.
- Overdentures: Overdentures fit over the remnants of broken teeth. Preserving the roots of these teeth helps keep your jawbone stronger.
- Implant Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures are supported by titanium posts that fuse to your jawbone. A separate post isn't needed for each artificial tooth. Four to six implants are often used to support an entire upper or lower denture.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used when you only need to replace a section of your teeth. The removable dentures are attached with small hooks to nearby teeth.
Dentures give you your smile back. Call Mount Prospect, IL, dentist Dr. George Mui at (847) 253-5901 to discuss which types of dentures are best for you.