Dentures – South Shore, IL

Dentures are false teeth for someone who has no remaining teeth. What we commonly refer to as dentures are often called complete dentures. In contrast to partial dentures, which just replace a few teeth, complete dentures replace an entire arch of teeth (all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw).

Dentures consist of a plastic base that is molded & colored to look like gums. This base holds a full set of artificial teeth. In the past, these teeth were sometimes made of porcelain but now they are most often made from a plastic acrylic. The color of both the gums & tooth parts of dentures is customized in order to ensure that they look as natural as possible in your mouth.

Replacing missing teeth with dentures is important for maintaining the aesthetics of your face. Without the structure of the teeth as support, your cheeks & jaw may start to sag, leading to a more aged appearance. Dentures replace this structure & therefore can reduce some of the negative aesthetic effects of tooth loss in some patients.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are false teeth for people who have lost some but not all of their teeth. Partials are typically made from acrylic (plastic) or a combination of acrylic & metal framework. The pink base of the denture is colored to match your gums & the false teeth will be matched to your existing teeth. Your partial will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth in terms of appearance.