You don’t realize just how important your teeth are until you lose them. When you’re missing several or all of your teeth, everyday activities like eating, talking, and even smiling can be frustrating, embarrassing, or downright impossible. If you’re looking to complete your smile with a lifelike set of teeth, Dr. Kathy Lam has the solution for you – personalized dentures in Wheaton, IL. Today’s dentures look and feel more natural than ever before, allowing you to live your life to the fullest even after tooth loss. Contact our dental office today to learn more about this classic tooth replacement!
Whether you’re missing just a few teeth or an entire arch, you might be eligible for dentures. To determine whether this solution is right for you, you’ll first have to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lam. She’ll spend some time getting to know you and discussing your smile goals before examining your mouth.
The good news is that most adults who have lost teeth and are in generally good health make good candidates for dentures. Any pre-existing oral health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, must be treated beforehand, but other than that, dentures are a versatile, accessible tooth loss solution.
Based on her findings as well as your needs and preferences, your dentist in Wheaton will recommend one of the three main types of dentures:
As the name implies, partial dentures only bring back some of the teeth. Custom prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum-colored base, which uses metal clasps behind the remaining teeth to stay in place. Partials are designed to seamlessly fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth like the last piece of a puzzle.
If you are missing all of your teeth, then a full denture can replace all of them at once. Like a partial, a full denture has a pink base and realistic prosthetic teeth. However, this solution sits directly on the gums and remains in place with natural suction, denture adhesive, or a combination of the two.
Implant dentures are the perfect marriage of tried-and-true dentures and state-of-the-art dental implants. Rather than using metal clasps, adhesive, or suction, implant dentures are secured onto titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone to act as tooth roots. With implant dentures, you get a solution that lasts longer, provides more chewing power, and will never slip out of place.
For generations, dentures have helped countless people enjoy smiles that look like new again. Here are some of the many benefits you can look forward to with dentures: