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Full And Partial Dentures Can Restore Your Smile To Its Fullest!

Whether you’re missing a few of your natural teeth or you have lost most of your teeth due to an oral injury, tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Kandimalla is here to help. At Innova Family Dental, we can restore your smile quickly with full or partial dentures. Our dentures are comfortable, convenient, and look just like your natural teeth. Call today to schedule a denture consultation to see if this is the right restorative option for you in Bolingbrook or Naperville.

Types of Full Mouth Dentures

There are two primary types of full mouth dentures. Traditional dentures are the most commonly used type of denture. They sit directly over your gums, and replace the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. Because they must be fitted directly over your gums, all of your remaining teeth must be extracted before they can be built and placed.

The other common type of full mouth dentures is called an “overdenture.” This type of denture is often used alongside dental implants to restore your teeth. The denture snaps onto a set of 4-6 dental implants which are placed in your mouth, and this provides it with a more secure hold.

However, overdentures can also sometimes be used to restore your smile and bite by attaching to healthy natural teeth. If you are missing most of your teeth but still have several healthy teeth, they may be able to serve as an attachment point for this type of full mouth denture. To learn more about each type of denture, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kandimalla at Innova Family Dental in Bolingbrook.

Replace One Or More Teeth With Partial Dentures

Partial dentures attach to your remaining healthy teeth to restore multiple missing teeth. They use a special, comfortable plastic framework to attach to your teeth. These prostheses are also called “flippers,” and are usually used to temporarily restore teeth before treatment with a dental implant or dental bridge.

Cast metal removable partial dentures are also a common choice. They use a light metal framework that incorporates a plastic material for the gums and teeth, and attach to the teeth tightly with a clasp. They are very durable, and a good long-term option.

Flexible partial dentures are another common choice for those who experience discomfort with a metal or acrylic denture. They use a thin, heat-sensitive plastic and attach to your teeth with thin, gum-colored clasps. They are more durable than plastic dentures.

What To Expect In The Denture Process

Your denture process depends on the type of denture you get. However, the main steps are often quite similar. Dr. Kandimalla will take images and impressions of your teeth, and send them to a third-party dental lab where your dentures will be manufactured.

You’ll come back in a few weeks to try on a prototype denture, which is usually fabricated from wax and plastic. Dr. Kandimalla will check the fit and make adjustments, if necessary. Then, this process may be repeated several times until your prototype denture fits perfectly.

Once the fit is perfect, your final denture will be cast. Then, once it arrives at our office, Dr. Kandimalla will fit it into place, and provide you with instructions for caring for your new teeth. This completes the procedure, but you’ll need to come into Innova Family Dental about every six months to have your mouth and dentures checked.

Which Option Is Right For Me?

Partial dentures are a good option for anyone who is missing one or several teeth, and who is not interested in dental bridges or dental implants. In fact, these treatments are often used as a temporary solution while patients prepare to get a more permanent solution, such as an implant. However, they can be used as a long-term replacement for missing teeth, too.

Traditional full dentures are the right choice for patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. They are commonly used in patients who have been in a serious accident that caused major tooth damage, or for patients who have extensive gum disease or tooth decay.

Implant-supported dentures are an alternative to traditional full dentures, and offer better long-term results. However, they are more expensive and require a healthy mouth and strong jaw bone, so not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. To learn more and find out which type of dentures may be right for you, contact Innova Family Dental for an appointment with Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla.

How long do dentures last?

On average, partial dentures last around 5-10 years before they wear out and need to be replaced. Over time, the tooth may wear down, or the clips and metal components of the dentures may fail, requiring the dentures to be replaced.

Full dentures typically have a shorter lifespan of 5 years. This is because, over time, the shape of your jaw will change if you’ve lost all of your teeth. Eventually, this may mean your dentures no longer fit properly. Or, in some cases, your dentures may become worn-down or damaged due to daily wear and tear, and require replacement.

Regardless of the type of dentures you have, you should see Dr. Kalpana Kandimalla for regular six-month oral exams at Innova Family Dental. At your appointment, Dr. Kandimalla can check on your dentures and make sure they’re in good shape, and also ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy.

Will dentures get in the way of talking, eating, and/or drinking?

No. In fact, you will likely notice a major improvement in your ability to eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile proudly. Whether you’re missing just a few teeth or most of your teeth, dentures can restore both your smile and your bite.

However, it may take some getting used to chewing and eating while wearing traditional full dentures or partial dentures. Full dentures are fitted directly over your gums and are held in place mostly by friction, so they can shift while you eat or speak. To help with this, some patients opt to use denture adhesive, which helps lock the dentures in place and keeps them from moving.

Partial dentures, which attach to your healthy teeth, can also “rock” and move slightly when you chew or bite tough or hard foods. This won’t affect your ability to eat, but it can take some time to get used to how this feels.

This is another reason why many patients choose to get dental implants instead of dentures. With dental implants and implant-supported dentures, your teeth will not move or shift while eating, and they will be held tightly in place.

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