Dentures Specialist

For patients who are missing multiple teeth in the Pingree Grove, IL and surrounding areas, dentures provide an affordable and attractive solution. At Pingree Smile Center, Dr. Lucy Shah and her team have the skills, training and expertise to create dentures that can improve the quality of life of their patients.
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Dentures Q & A

What are dentures, and how can they help patients who have lost teeth?

Having a significant number of missing teeth is more than a simple cosmetic issue. Teeth perform important roles within the human body, the most important of which is processing food before it enters the digestive system. Teeth also play a vital role in speech, and individuals who lose several teeth often find it difficult to communicate effectively with others.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. Whether full or partial dentures, these appliances can help restore normal healthy function for individuals who have lost teeth over the course of time. When properly crafted, dentures give the appearance of normal, natural teeth. It takes a considerable degree of skill, and attention to detail to provide patients with the best possible fit. This is a specialty of the team at Pingree Smile Center and it is a service that Dr. Lucy Shah is proud to provide.

Are dentures a permanent solution?

When dentures are professionally designed, fitted and maintained, they offer a lasting solution to lost or missing teeth. However, it is important to understand a set of dentures is custom made to fit each patient’s current dental needs. Patients must maintain good oral hygiene practices in order to prevent further tooth decay. If additional teeth are lost then dentures may not fit properly. This is why it is vitally important to maintain good dental habits, including scheduling regular dental appointments with a professional dentist.

How are dentures cared for and maintained?

Dentures require certain types of specialized care. They must be regularly removed and cleaned in order to prevent a buildup of food particles and/or bacteria on the surface of the dentures. Once removed, they should be rinsed and then thoroughly brushed using a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste or cleaner specially formulated for dentures. If adhesives are used to ensure a secure fit, then it is important to remove any residual adhesive before placing dentures back within the mouth. Dentures should be stored in a safe and secure place in order to prevent damage.

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