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By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Dentures have come a long way since George Washington's time. Today, they're more comfortable, more secure and more lifelike than our first president's famous hippopotamus ivory appliance.

But one thing hasn't changed: Dentures still require regular care and cleaning. And one of the best things you can do for both your dentures and your health is to take them out at night when you go to bed.

Modern dentures are often so comfortable to wear, it's easy to forget you have them in your mouth. But setting a daily habit of taking them out when you turn in for the night will help you avoid a few potential problems.

For one, wearing dentures 24/7 can increase your risk for both oral and general diseases. Constant denture wear can cause greater accumulations of dental plaque, a thin biofilm responsible for gum disease and inflammation. The increase in bacteria could also make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other diseases.

Wearing your dentures non-stop can also worsen bone loss, a common problem associated with dentures. Normally, the biting forces generated when we chew stimulate bone growth in the jaw. A person loses much of this stimulation when they lose teeth, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can't replace this lost stimulation, and the pressure they exert on the jaw's bony ridges they rest upon can accelerate the process of bone loss. In time, any bone loss could affect the denture's fit as the bone beneath them gradually shrinks. By taking them out at night, you can help slow the pace of bone loss.

In addition to giving them and your mouth a rest at night, be sure you're also keeping your dentures clean: Take them out and rinse them off after meals and brush them with a small amount of antibacterial soap (not toothpaste) at least once a day. And don't forget to brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) to further reduce dental plaque.

If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
June 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Do you wear dentures? If so, you know how they help you eat and look your best. At Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, our professional team includes Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla. They want you to get the most from your dentures by caring for them properly every day.

Stains, bacteria, structural problems

Whether you wear a partial denture, full dentures, or implant-supported dentures, you must take care of your smile. Without a regular oral hygiene routine, you can suffer from a variety of dental and gingival problems. Additionally, the appearance and function of your artificial teeth can suffer. Improper denture handling and cleaning can cause:

  • Warping and poor fit
  • Areas of oral irritation and infection (thrush)
  • Accumulation of harmful bacteria in the mouth and on the denture
  • Bad breath
  • Peri-implantitis, a gum and bone infection which occurs in dental implant patients
  • Cracked and chipped teeth
  • Stains
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulties with biting and chewing (which can lead to digestive problems)

What denture care involves

Here's how to do it:

  1. Rinse your denture with clear water every time you eat to remove food particles and keep your breath fresh.
  2. Brush or soak your dentures with a quality denture paste or cleaner, such as Polident.
  3. Take out your dentures at night, and store them in water to avoid warping. This also allows your mouth to rest.
  4. Avoid all tobacco products as they stain dentures, cause bad breath and lead to serious health problems such as periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  5. Handle your dentures with care. When you brush them, line the sink with a towel in case you drop them.
  6. Get six-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Bachinski or Dr. Petrilla in their Bolingbrook office. They will check the condition and fit of your denture.
  7. Report any problems with your denture right away. Do not try to repair a chip or cracked yourself or even adjust a crooked clasp.
  8. Avoid hot water, bleach, and stiff toothbrushes, says Healthline. These items do a lot of damage to the finish and fit of your dentures.

Enjoy a great smile

You'll look good, feel great and extend the life of your dentures when you spend a bit of time in their daily care. For more help in developing your best oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Bachinski or Dr. Petrilla at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook. We love seeing all our patients happy and smiling. Phone us at (630) 759-0077.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
February 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures  

Struggling with tooth loss? Dentures can significantly bring back the quality of life that you desire, and come in a variety of constructions, each suited for a unique situation. Here at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, your dentists, Dr. Kathryn Bachinsky and Dr. Christine Petrilla, can help you decide which option is best for you.

Types of Dentures Available at Hidden Lakes Dental Care

There are two categories of dentures available, full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth are removed, while partial dentures address partial tooth loss.

Full Dentures

  • Immediate Dentures: On tooth removal, it is natural to observe some gum shrinkage. Immediate dentures are made as a temporary means to allow you to have new teeth right away and give you time to adjust and heal.
  • Conventional Full Dentures: These are permanent dentures that conform to your mouth with near-perfect precision. They are made to look as natural as possible and made to function for a long time.
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures: This form of dentures is anchored using two or more dental implants to increase their stability. This option can provide a great balance of comfort and functionality.

Partial Dentures

  • Transitional Partial Dentures: When the tooth removal is partial, these temporary and inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as tooth replacements and spacers as your mouth heals from the extraction process.
  • Removable Partial Dentures: These dentures are usually more expensive than plastic dentures but they are also made to fit better. They are usually made of a cast Vitallium and are metal-based removable dentures.

Find Out More Information about How Dentures Can Help You

Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, is here to help you understand your treatment options and help select which one is best for you. Your dentists, Dr. Kathryn Bachinsky and Dr. Christine Petrilla, are part of our team, and they can help advise you on our available dentures. Call us at (630)759-0077 find out more, today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Do you need dentures from your Bolingbrook, IL, dentist?

Tooth loss is a difficult ordeal. People's chewing and biting function are impaired, and confidence shattered. Drs. Kathryn Bachinski anddentures Christine Petrilla offer their patients dentures. Here's some more information about dentures.

More About Dentures:

People who sustain tooth loss are susceptible to nutritional problems and systemic health disorders. There is a cost-effective method to combat these issues: full and/or partial dentures.

Removable Dentures:

Dentures are made of plastic resin with a gum-colored base that fits over the bone ridge. The prosthetic teeth are made to look realistic and are attached using a suctioning effect.

Types of Full Dentures

  1. Immediate Dentures: These dentures are temporary and help you transition so as to avoid the natural shrinkage of gums until permanent dentures are made.
  2. Conventional Full Dentures: These are permanent dentures that enable proper biting and chewing function.
  3. Implant-Supported Overdentures: Dental implants secure lower or upper dentures to provide stability, comfort and functionality.

How Dentures Are Fitted

  1. Drs. Kathryn Bachinski and Christine Petrilla take accurate impressions of your mouth.
  2. Your Bolingbrook dentist sends the mold to a dental laboratory where a lab technician creates the prosthetic teeth.
  3. You'll be given natural-looking temporary dentures until the permanent ones are ready.

Do you need a consultation?

For more information about dentures in the Bolingbrook, IL area, call Drs. Kathryn Bachinski and Christine Petrilla. They provide their patients with custom-made prosthetics that can restore bite and chewing function, as well as give you back the smile you thought was once lost. Make sure to call Hidden Lakes Dental Care at (630) 759-0077 today!

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!