Dentures in Arlington Heights, IL
Dr. Brent Engelberg has extensive post graduate training in restorative dental treatments. They emphasize the many benefits of replacing missing teeth and offer a range of options for patients, including dentures, partial dentures and dentures secured by dental implants. Patients today enjoy a wide range of treatment possibilities when replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, and your Arlington Heights Smiles dentist will discuss all appropriate options after a thorough dental exam and discussion of your personal concerns, goals and budget.
Despite the advances in treatment options, dentures remain a popular choice and can provide an economical, natural looking and functional new smile when designed and fit for you by an experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Engelberg. With an eye for aesthetics and symmetry, Dr. Engelberg can create a custom cosmetic denture that will blend with your appearance and fit comfortably to enable normal speech and a healthy diet.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth, even “just one”, can lead to a wide range of complex dental problems down the road which will ultimately affect your quality of life. The health of your smile depends upon each tooth and the supporting structure such as the gums and the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, even just one, things begin to change- and not for the better.
Over time, the remaining teeth will begin to shift and change the bite. In addition, a missing tooth can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease and lead to bone loss and shrinkage in the jaw. These issues lead to poor oral health and will affect both speech and diet, making it difficult to enjoy the benefits and pleasure of a varied diet.
Losing most, if not all, of your teeth can have a serious impact on your quality of life. We understand how this can affect your social life and the many difficulties that come with substantial tooth loss. Fortunately, we can discuss options for replacing your lost teeth. What do you know about dentures?
Dentures Frequently Asked Questions
What causes tooth loss?
A variety of factors can lead to missing teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to infection or advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis), causing tooth loss. Injury can also lead to one or more missing teeth.
Why do I need to replace missing teeth?
Without replacement, tooth loss can lead to a number of oral health problems. First, the remaining teeth may drift from alignment once one or more teeth become lost, causing misalignment. An uneven smile can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (teeth grinding). In addition, a person may have difficulty eating or being understood when speaking, which has a major impact on a person’s quality of life.
Do I need a partial prosthetic?
If you have lost multiple teeth but don’t need a full set of dentures, then partials may be the solution you need. Partials replace several lost teeth spread across an arch. The prosthetic contains replacement teeth and a base designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. Metal clasps are used to attach the prosthetic to remaining natural teeth, securing the partial in place.
What are full dentures?
If you have lost all of your teeth then a full prosthetic can be used to replace all of the teeth on one or both arches. Full denture will look natural and help patients regain the ability to eat and speak with ease.
Can dentures make you look different?
Dentures can change the shape of your face in a variety of ways. If you have been missing teeth, or have had bad fitting dentures the change may be for the better. Hopefully if they change your appearance it is in a positive way, since they are fixing the structure of your teeth.
What can I eat with dentures?
Initially after getting dentures one may feel some discomfort while eating and speaking. This should only last a few weeks at most. For this period many patients try to eat soft foods so that they can get used to their new teeth. Dentures are supposed to act like normal teeth, so one should be able to eat regularly with them once they have adjusted. Some tips on doing this is to chew with both sides of your mouth to spread out pressure and take smaller bites so there is less food in your mouth to chew at a time.
What material can dentures be made of?
Dentures can be made out of a variety of materials such as acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin, or metal. These materials are moldable and can fit well into a patient’s mouth while still looking and feeling like their real teeth. Porcelain lasts the longest most commonly, but they are all solid options. If you are curious about different materials for dentures, ask your dentist what they recommend may be best for you.
Schedule A Dental Exam with our Dentist in Arlington Heights
If you have missing teeth, come in for a consultation with Dr. Engelberg. Arlington Heights Smiles serves many local communities including Long Grove, IL, Deerfield, IL, Northbrook, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Arlington Heights, IL and many other local Chicago suburbs. Your consultation will include a thorough dental examination to evaluate your oral health as well as the opportunity to discuss your personal concerns and long term goals to ensure that your treatment provides the desired results.