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By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
November 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla provide their patients with dentures in their Bolingbrook, IL, office.

Types of Full Dentures

There are several types of dentures your dentists can provide you with when you come into their office. When you visit your doctor, you will also get a thorough examination and then have measurements taken so that custom-made dentures can be made for you.

Types of Full Dentures:

  • Immediate Dentures: They are temporary dentures that help a person transition into successful denture wearing.
  • Conventional Full Dentures: These are custom-made permanent dentures that look like natural teeth.
  • Overdentures: These dentures are anchored to dental implants and/or to whatever natural teeth are still left.

Types of Partial Dentures:

  • Transitional Partial Dentures: These temporary dentures are made of plastic that help eliminate space and gaps between teeth.
  • Removable Partial Dentures: These are metal-based removable partial dentures that can be taken out and cleaned.

Advantages of Dentures:

  • Dentures prevent the natural shrinkage of gums
  • They are cost-effective, less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework
  • They create stability for lower an/or upper jaws
  • Dentures restore chewing and bite function
  • They improve your smile and the aesthetic appeal of your teeth

Taking Care of Dentures:

It's important to know how best to take care of your dentures so that they can last longer:

  • Rinse dentures to get rid of food particles.
  • Clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue while brushing your teeth.
  • Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and a non-invasive cleanser to clean your dentures.
  • Completely immerse your dentures in water to prevent them from becoming misshaped.

Need a consultation?

For more information about dentures at your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists' office, call (630) 759-0077. It's time you take care of your dental health and improve your smile!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Dentures  

Understanding the different dental procedures offered by your dentist can help you determine which treatments are best for you, what to dental proceduresexpect when you see your dentist and help put your mind at ease during your procedure. Find out about some common dental procedures like veneers and dentures with Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.

Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are an important cosmetic procedure in improving the appearance of your smile and helping you feel great about the way you look. The process for veneers usually requires at least two dental appointments. The first appointment will consist of your dentist preparing your teeth to receive the veneers and taking an impression of your mouth to aid in the design process. Your second appointment will occur after your dentist receives the final restorations from the dental laboratory. At this appointment, your dentist will fit and attach each veneer to your tooth.

Dentures
Dentures can also change the appearance of your teeth but focus more on the functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause the bone underneath the gum tissue to atrophy, causing sagging facial muscles and premature aging. Dentures help to fill out the smile, restoring the mouth’s bite to allow eating, chewing and speaking and giving you a smile you love. Traditional dentures fit into the mouth and use gravity or suction to stay in place. Other options, like implant-supported dentures, use dental implant technology to integrate into the mouth permanently, holding the denture in place and eliminating the need to remove the denture for cleanings or overnight.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Bolingbrook, IL
The key to keeping any dental procedure healthy and functional is committing to a strong, at-home dental care routine in between regular, twice-yearly dental examinations and cleanings. These two elements can keep your teeth and restorations healthy and clean for years to come. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. If necessary, use any special tools your dentist recommends to further clean your teeth. See your dentist at least every six months to ensure that problems with your smile are caught early and that a dental hygienist removes any plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent tooth decay.

For more information on these procedures and ore, please contact Dr. Crowl and Dr. Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
October 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   Dentures  
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Some patients who wear dentures face a kind of Catch-22: their denture fit may have loosened and become uncomfortable over time due to continued bone loss, yet the same bone loss prevents them from obtaining dental implants, a superior tooth replacement system to dentures.

But there may be a solution to this dilemma that combines the stability of implants with a removable denture. A set of smaller diameter implants — “mini-implants” — can support a removable denture with less bone than required by a conventional implant.

Like all living tissue, bone has a life cycle: after a period of growth, the older bone dissolves and is absorbed by the body, a process known as resorption. The forces generated when we bite or chew are transmitted by the teeth to the jawbones, which stimulates new bone formation to replace the resorbed bone. When the teeth are lost, however, the stimulation is lost too; without it, resorption will eventually outpace bone growth and repair, causing the bone mass to shrink.

Removable dentures also can’t supply the missing stimulation — bone loss continues as if the dentures weren’t there; and due to the compressive forces of a denture, bone loss accelerates. As the jawbone structure used to originally form the denture’s fit eventually shrinks, the denture becomes loose and difficult to wear. It’s possible to adjust to the new jaw contours by relining the dentures with new material or creating a new set of dentures that match the current bone mass. Without adequate bone, fixed crowns or bridges anchored by conventional implants may also be out of the picture.

On the other hand, mini-implants with their smaller diameter need less bone than the traditional implant. A few strategically placed within the jaw are strong and stable enough to support a removable denture. One other advantage: these mini-implants can be installed in one visit with local anesthesia and usually without the need for incisions or stitches.

If you would like more information on dentures supported by mini-implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The ‘Great’ Mini-Implant.”

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
September 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Do you have difficulty eating due to the gaps in your smile? Do your missing teeth cause stress and embarrassment? If so, you could benefit from dentures to fill in your gaps and give you a more functional smile. However, finding the best type of denture for you can be denturestricky. Arm yourself with knowledge on the types of dentures and what they do with Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.

Types of Dentures Available
Dentures can help you get your smile back if you are missing most or all of your teeth. Dentures available include:

  • Full: Full dentures use prosthetic teeth to replace all of the teeth on an arch. A full set of dentures replaces all of the teeth in the mouth and includes two arches of prosthetic teeth.
  • Partial: Partial dentures utilize any healthy remaining teeth in the arch to hold the denture in place. In return, the stimulation and positioning of the denture keep the teeth in their correct positions. The denture fits over the healthy teeth and locks into place around them.
  • Immediate: Patients who require an extraction procedure before they can wear dentures benefit from immediate dentures, which a dental laboratory creates based on impressions of the mouth prior to extraction. This allows the patient to wear their dentures following their procedure and walk out of their dentist’s office with a brand new smile.
  • Implant-Supported: Dentures are often used in conjunction with other dental procedures like dental implants. Implant-supported dentures use several implants spaced throughout the mouth to anchor a full denture into the mouth.

Dentures in Bolingbrook, IL 
Dentures allow you to eat the foods you love without worrying about how to chew them and smile without feeling embarrassed of your gaps. This added self-confidence gives you the tools you need to make face-to-face interactions less difficult and first impressions stronger. Additionally, dentures restore the biting surface of your teeth, giving you the ability to chew healthy, nutritious foods which you may not have been able to eat before. Missing teeth often cause the facial muscles to sag, a situation which dentures helps to correct.

For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Crowl and Dr. Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
September 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are your missing teeth a source of physical and mental stress? Is chewing and eating difficult due to the gaps? Is your facial structure sagging? If you answered “yes” to these questions, wearing dentures could turn your life around, boosting not Dentures only quality of life, but self-confidence as well. For more immediate information on dentures in Bolingbrook, IL please contact Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC.

What are the benefits of wearing dentures?

The benefits of dentures are numerous, and can be found in many peoples' everyday lives.

  • Look great: Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dentures are more comfortable and natural looking than ever. As well as looking great, dentures can prevent facial muscles from sagging, causing you to look older.
  • Eat the foods you want: Eating with missing teeth can prove to be difficult and even painful, since you're unable to utilise the full surface area of your bite. Dentures make eating much more comfortable, and patients can eat and chew the foods they love easily again.
  • Speak with confidence: Speaking with tooth gaps can cause speech to become mumbled or words to be mispronounced, creating awkward situations during face-to-face conversations.

How do I know if dentures are right for me?

Usually, if you are missing teeth, you are a good candidate for dentures. There are different kinds of dentures for many different situations, though.

Denture types include:

  • Complete Dentures: A full set of dentures made for those missing all of their teeth on the bottom or top arch of the mouth. Patients who are missing all of their teeth can wear a pair of complete dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are anchored to surrounding natural teeth, and are used to fill in the gaps between missing teeth.
  • Overdentures: If not all teeth are missing, overdentures utilize the remaining natural teeth in the mouth and are worn over them, further stabilizing eating.
  • Immediate Dentures: These dentures are used temporarily to ensure the bone and tissues heal correctly after the extraction of teeth.

Are you interested in learning more about dentures? Dr. Charles E. Crowl, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski, DDS of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL can help. To schedule a consultation to talk about your oral health and how dentures fit into it, just call (630) 759-0077.