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Don’t like dentures? Chicago dentist discusses what are your other options

Don’t like dentures? You may be wondering what are your other options. If you think of these dental appliances as bulky, ill-fitting, and fake-looking, your perception may need a makeover. Dentures are often associated with replacing all of your teeth, but you may not need a complete denture. Partial dentures replace some missing teeth.

Rethink conventional dentures

It’s normal for dentures to feel a little strange at first. When paired with skilled professionals, modern technologies and materials result in dentures as comfortable as they are realistic.

Prosthetic teeth and a gum-colored base are designed to securely fit in the mouth by way of a metal framework, internal attachments, or clasps attached to existing teeth. Denture adhesives may be used to enhance comfort and provide peace of mind, but they are not a replacement for a poorly-constructed or ill-fitting denture.

A denture that does not fit securely must be relined, which means the base of the denture is refitted. Adjustments may be necessary if the shape of the face changes as underlying bone and supportive tissues shrink.

Consider modern dentures

Implant-supported dentures, or overdentures, combine traditional technologies and techniques with advancements in dentistry.

The dental implant is a cylindrical post, usually made from medical-grade titanium. Implanted in the jaw, this post will fuse with the underlying bone and form a stable foundation for the new denture. Think of the implant as a prosthetic tooth root. The root holds the tooth in place.

Implants may be used to hold the denture in place. Since these prosthetic tooth roots are connected to the underlying bone, this type of denture is considered the next best thing to natural teeth in terms of fit and function.

Modern approaches to implant dentistry allow a minimal number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. This feature reduces trauma to your mouth and helps to contain costs associated with the implant procedure.

Bone density and strength is just one of many factors Big Smile Dental takes into account when considering tooth replacement options for many or for all of your teeth. Call 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment.