Questions to Ask when Considering Dentures

Older Couple BeachPeople often assume that dentures will be one of the cheaper modern ways to replace teeth. As with any prosthetic, you will get what you pay for with dentures. There are multiple materials that can be used for both the replacement tooth crowns and the faux gums. Lincolnshire cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, can answer all of your questions if you are wondering whether or not dentures are the tooth replacement option for you.

Are Dentures One-Size-Fits-All?

Dentures are completely customized, which is why you may have initial sticker shock when looking at them as a replacement for your missing teeth. Based on your measurements and impressions, dentures are cut, shaped, and positioned precisely by hand, which can be a time-consuming process for a skilled ceramist. You might even say that a truly high-quality pair of traditional dentures are like a work of art.

Are Dentures Temporary?

Well, this depends on your age when you get them, and how well you care from them. For the most part, you shouldn’t anticipate that your dentures will stay in good shape for decades on end. Your jawbone shape can change as a result of missing natural teeth, so your dentures might become ill-fitting over time. Though they can be adjusted throughout the time you wear them (for maximum comfort) you will most likely need to replace them every 5 to 10 years.

Are the Base and Crowns Made of the Same Materials?

Most dentures have a base (the pink part) made out of acrylic. The crowns are generally made out of porcelain. There are many different types and qualities of acrylic and porcelain, and you’ll want to consider your options, cost, and the amount of impact your dentures are going to be put through when you decide on your denture material specifics.

Consult with your Lincolnshire Cosmetic Dentist

Dr Engelberg creates beautiful smiles for patients in Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, and Northern Chicago Suburbs. Call  (847) 259-6988 to schedule an appointment.