Did you know that the loss of one tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place? This can change your speech, your bite pattern and begin to cause uneven wear and tear on the teeth. When you lose more than one, those problems multiply, and it is why Harold Krinsky, DDS in Forest Glen, IL encourages our patients to consider if they are a good candidate for dentures.
As your preferred dentist in Forest Glen, Dr. Krinsky offers restorative dentistry services that are meant to focus on a single tooth or an entire set of teeth. The goal is to preserve the natural bite and enable you to painlessly use your teeth to eat and speak naturally. Dentures have long been called upon to enable a restorative dentist to achieve such goals, and yet not everyone is a candidate for dentures.
You may wonder if dentures are the answer for you, and generally, they are a good solution when you have lost several or all of your teeth in the upper or lower jaws. If you struggle to speak, eat or appear “normal” (meaning as you did before the loss of teeth), or your diet is struggling because you are forced to consume only soft foods, it is likely that you are a candidate for dentures.
Dr. Krinsky also wants patients to understand the procedure in order to be certain that they are a candidate for dentures too. After all, we can provide you with immediate dentures that are fitted to your gums as soon as the teeth are removed or treatment is done. This may not be ideal because the gums will always have to shrink and heal fully for the best fit. This can mean living without teeth for four to six weeks, but it can also mean a longer lasting denture.
Of course, dentures can also be partials instead of full, and a good candidate will understand that it does take time to get used to such appliances. You may discover that it is difficult to speak or eat naturally straight away. So a good candidate is someone prepared to give themselves time to get used to the use of dentures.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dentures, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Forest Glen, IL office at 773-685-9666. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.