Denture Options

When tooth loss becomes a concern, finding the right solution could significantly improve your quality of life. At AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL, we offer various denture options to suit individual needs. This guide explores the types of dentures available, factors to consider when choosing them, and essential maintenance tips.

A denture could help restore your smile and bite after significant tooth loss. There are several options available.

Types of Dentures

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. These dentures rest on the gum line and act as a removable prosthetic that mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth.

One significant benefit of full dentures includes their affordability compared to other restorative options. Additionally, modern materials and techniques often provide a more natural look and comfortable fit. However, patients may experience initial discomfort and require adjustments over time.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth while preserving the remaining natural teeth. These dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base connected by a metal framework to hold the denture in place.

Partial dentures offer several advantages. They generally cost less than full dentures and provide a more stable fit. Moreover, they could help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. However, they may exert stress on the adjacent natural teeth and require periodic adjustments.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For those seeking a more permanent solution, implant-supported dentures present an excellent option. These dentures attach to dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone, offering enhanced stability and functionality.

The procedure involves placing titanium posts into the jawbone, which then fuse with the bone over several months. Once the implants are integrated, the dentist attaches the custom-made denture. Patients could enjoy long-term benefits such as improved chewing efficiency, natural aesthetics, and reduced bone loss. Although the initial cost is higher and the process takes longer, the results typically provide remarkable durability and comfort.

Choosing the Right Denture

Before selecting a denture, several factors warrant careful consideration. First, evaluate your lifestyle. Active individuals may require more secure options like implant-supported dentures, whereas others may prefer the flexibility of removable dentures.

Next, consider your budget. Full and partial dentures generally cost less upfront, but implant-supported dentures offer long-term value. Finally, assess your oral health. Patients with significant bone loss may need preparatory procedures before receiving implants.

Maintenance and Care

Daily Cleaning Routine

Proper maintenance could extend the lifespan of your dentures and ensure optimal oral health. Clean your dentures daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste, which can damage the denture surface. Soak the dentures overnight in a specialized solution to keep them moist and prevent warping.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Regular check-ups at AH Smiles play a crucial role in maintaining your dentures. During these visits, the dentist examines the fit and condition of your dentures, making necessary adjustments to prevent discomfort or irritation. These appointments also provide an opportunity to address any oral health concerns and ensure your gums and remaining teeth remain healthy.


Understanding the various denture options available at AH Smiles helps you make a well-informed decision that aligns with your needs and lifestyle. From full and partial dentures to implant-supported options, our experienced team offers comprehensive solutions to restore your smile and improve your bite. Contact AH Smiles today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward achieving a comfortable and confident smile.