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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.”

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
October 30, 2018
Tags: dentures  

If your missing teeth have caused you to feel self-conscious or caused issues with eating or speaking, you may benefit from dentures. Filling in your gaps has many benefits, both aesthetic and functional, and can help ensure that your smile remains healthy for years to come. Learn more about dentures and which type of restoration is best for you by reading below, and contact Dr. George Mui at Gentle Dental in Mount Prospect, IL, if you are interested in acquiring a set!

What are my denture options? 

Dentures come in a variety of styles to suit your needs, including:

  • Partial dentures: In the case of missing teeth which have some remaining healthy natural teeth, a partial denture may help. This style denture fits over the natural teeth and helps them receive the stimulation they require to stay healthy.
  • Full denture: A full denture replaces all the teeth on an arch and rests on the gum tissue. The restoration uses gravity or suction to stay in place depending on which arch of teeth it replaces.
  • Implanted-supported dentures: This type of denture is usually permanent and non-removable. It is held in place by four or more dental implants, which your dentist surgically implants into the jawbone beneath the gum tissue.

Can dentures help my smile? 

Dentures can help you in many situations where you have missing teeth. While a dental bridge or single implant may be better suited to replace a single tooth, a denture focuses on replacing most or all of the teeth, meaning that a good candidate has large gaps in their smile. Patients should have a strong at-home oral care routine to properly care for their dentures, natural teeth, and general oral tissues. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily and flossing between any remaining teeth at least once. Patients with removable dentures will need to brush their dentures with a denture cleaner then soak them overnight while they sleep.

Dentures in Mount Prospect, IL 

If you think you could benefit from dentures, a consultation with your dentist will help you determine if they really are the best treatment option for you. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. George Mui at Gentle Dental in Mount Prospect, IL. Call (847) 253-5901 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mui today!

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
May 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are a sure way to complete a smile after tooth loss. Restoring oral function and youthful facial contours, both full and complete Denturesdentures from Dr. George Mui in Mount Prospect, IL, give patients a sense of confidence, too. If you need tooth replacement, let the team at Gentle Dental Care show you the great options you have.

What is a denture?

It's an oral appliance which replaces missing teeth and recreates lost gum and bone tissue, too. Customized according to oral impressions, digital imaging, and other sophisticated measurements, a denture may be placed right after tooth extraction or be delayed until healing of gums and jaw are complete. Either way, the patient experiences a rejuvenated look and normalized speech, biting, and chewing.

Denture options

Dr. Mui offers many kinds of dentures at Gentle Dental Care in Mount Prospect. Your choice depends on how many teeth must be replaced, your gum tissue, jaw bone structure and a variety of other factors. Additionally, denture fit is highly individualized. So when you begin the denture process, expect to visit Dr. Mui several times for fittings and adjustments for optimal appliance function.

Here are the kinds of dentures Dr. Mui offers:

1. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. Fully removable, they are comprised of acrylic pontics, or artificial teeth, which are mounted on a metal frame. Preferably, the frame anchors to remaining natural teeth via precision attachments which are not visible as the patient smiles. However, some people elect traditional metal clasps as a more affordable alternative.

2. Complete dentures replace a whole arch of teeth--top or bottom. They may be implant-supported or in the removable version, stay in place with the natural suction provided by the gums and jaw bone.

Conventional complete dentures are placed after extraction sites heal completely. Immediate complete dentures are placed right after extractions and help speed the healing process. They allow the patient to leave Gentle Dental Care with a complete smile. However, as gums and bone shrink, immediate dentures must be relined for proper fit.

Dentures and you

The Consumer Research Council of America has named Dr. Mui one of America's Top Dentists for many years. His skill and artistry in creating and maintaining prosthetics will help you achieve your best possible smile. If dentures are in your future, come to Gentle Dental Care to learn about your options. Call today for a consultation in Mount Prospect, IL: (847) 253-5901.

By George Mui, DDS, Ltd. Gentle Dental Care
August 28, 2017
Tags: dentures  

Dentures have come a long way since George Washington sported a wooden set. Today's dentures fit better than ever and look just likeDentures 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.