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By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
February 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.

So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).

Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.

Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.

RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.

Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.

But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
August 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are a removable appliance that we use to replace missing teeth. Whether you have tooth loss because of injury, tooth decay or gum disease, dentures are a smart choice for those who need an affordable tooth replacement option. If you live in Mount Prospect, IL and are considering dentures, schedule an appointment with Dr. George Mui. Dr. Mui and his staff offer a wide range of dental services to help you enjoy a healthier smile. Read on to learn why you should invest in dentures.

Improve Your Self-Confidence

You probably don't feel like smiling and laughing when you have missing teeth. It lowers your self-confidence and causes you to avoid social situations. Your work life may suffer as well. Replacing your teeth with dentures will help you feel and look more attractive. As a result, you may experience healthier self-esteem as you maneuver through life.

Improve Your Appearance

You look older when you have missing teeth. It causes your face to sag because it interferes with your facial structure. Getting dentures automatically helps you look younger.

Eating and Speaking

Missing or broken teeth severely limit your ability to eat and speak effectively. You can't chew your food, and you are unable to pronounce your words so that others can understand you. By visiting a Mount Prospect dentist to receive dentures, you can improve your ability to chew different foods and enunciate your words.


If you have dental insurance, it will often cover the cost of dentures. They are less expensive than dental implants and are a good choice for when you want an affordable way to improve your smile.

Schedule Your Appointment

Just because you have missing or damaged teeth doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a life without smiling. Schedule an appointment with Dr. George Mui in Mount Prospect, IL to learn more about how dentures can help. Call us at (847) 253-5901 to schedule your appointment.

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
August 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  

Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
July 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

The goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible. However even with more awareness of the dangers of gum disease and the tools to fight and prevent it, millions of American adults of all ages are living with some degree of tooth loss. Whether you're missing some or all of your teeth due to periodontal disease or trauma, there are a number of options available to fix your smile and get your oral health back on track. Dr. George Mui, a dentist in Mount Prospect, IL, offers dentures and other cosmetic and general dentistry options for children and adults.

Get a New and Improved Smile with Dentures in Mount Prospect, IL

Although tooth loss tends to be most commonly associated with age, even younger adults are not immune. Dentures are a great option to replace missing teeth, give you back your smile, and improve your nutrition, health, and overall quality of life. Modern dentures are designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and come in a range of styles to accommodate your unique situation.

Types of Dentures

There are several options to choose from depending on your situation:

Immediate dentures - a temporary pair that's available right away until your custom dentures are ready

Complete/full dentures - for full tooth loss. Also known as conventional or traditional dentures, full dentures slide over the gums and palette are held in place through suction and adhesives

Partial dentures - if you still have some of your natural teeth, partial dentures are a removable set which is anchored in place with metal hooks that attach to your remaining teeth

Implant-supported overdentures - held in place by dental implants

The dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to help you decide which type of dentures are right for you. With proper care and follow up care, dentures deliver a durable and lasting solution to tooth loss.

Find a Dentist in Mount Prospect, IL

For more information about dentures and all of the smile restoration options available to you, contact Gentle Dental by calling (847) 253-5901 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mui today.

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”