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By Dr. Brian Gniadek
January 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you wondering whether this oral prosthetic is the best way to replace your missing teeth?dentures

We know that for adults, tooth loss can be a serious and upsetting situation. After all, you thought your smile would last you the rest of your life. There are so many reasons why adults lose permanent teeth but the most important thing is that you turn to our Lindenhurst, IL, dentist, Dr. Brian Gniadek, for treatment as soon as possible.

We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, but if you are looking for a fast, simple and inexpensive option then dentures could just be exactly the restoration you need. There are two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you have to have all of your teeth extracted or if all of your teeth have fallen out then complete dentures will be the best option. If you still have healthy natural teeth left then partial dentures will be a better choice.

Full dentures are removable and use natural suction to stay in place while partial dentures are often fixed in place by using healthy natural teeth to support the false teeth. To determine whether you need removable or fixed dentures, our Lindenhurst general dentist will need to make sure that your remaining teeth are strong enough to support the restoration.

Of course, as with any restoration, there are pros and cons to consider. The pros of getting dentures are that they can give you new teeth quickly and they are one of the most inexpensive ways to replace missing teeth. We know that some patients are on a budget or just don’t want to undergo invasive procedures in order to get their tooth replacement. If this is the case, then dentures may be the best approach.

However, a major con is that a lot of people assume that dentures will function just like real teeth. Even though dental technology has come a long way to providing a restoration that looks similar to real teeth dentures will not function the same way. It will take some getting used to when you first start wearing your new teeth; however, if you get lower dentures you may find that they don’t stay in place as well as upper dentures do.

If you are considering lower dentures but hate the idea that your new teeth might shift and move around when chewing, speaking, or biting, then you may want to talk to us about getting dental implants to support your dentures. While the process will take longer and it will be more expensive, implants are designed to last a long time and can support your dentures so they stay firmly in place.

Do you have questions about getting dentures in Lindenhurst, IL? Do you want to chat with us about your tooth replacement options? Then schedule a consultation with Dr. Gniadek today.

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
February 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”

By Dr. Brian Gniadek
July 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures   oral hygiene  

Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.

As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.

Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.

Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.

Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.

Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.

Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.

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 Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates
July 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Before tooth loss defeats you find out how dentures might be able to help.

If you are missing several or even all of your permanent teeth, do not lose hope. Your Lindenhurst, IL dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek has the denturessolution you’ve been looking for that will be easy to achieve and easy on your wallet.

What are dentures?

This oral prosthetic contains several artificial teeth that are attached to a plastic, gum-like base. Dentures are then attached to the mouth using metal clasps. There are two main types of dentures: partial and complete.

By the name alone, you may already be able to tell when these dentures are used. Partial dentures are designed for those who have several missing teeth, but still have some healthy teeth left. Complete dentures are used for those with total tooth loss.

What are the benefits of choosing dentures?

If you are dealing with tooth loss, you may find yourself staying away from social activities or nixing many of your favorite foods because it’s just too challenging to eat. But why restrict yourself so heavily when you can enjoy all the benefits of having teeth again when you get dentures in Lindenhurst, IL? Here are only some of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

  • You’ll have a full smile again. No need to worry about smiling in public or fear talking to those around you. You now have a full smile to show off. Not to mention, having a full set of teeth will also make it easier to speak. After an adjustment period with your dentures, you’ll realize that speech is restored.
  • Your budget won’t take a hit. Many people want to treat their tooth loss, but worry about the expense. Fortunately, dentures make it easier for many patients on a strict budget to get the smile they need without it heavily impacting their finances.
  • Dentures are just that easy to clean and care for. In fact, when it comes to keeping your dentures clean just treat them as you would your natural teeth and brush them twice a day and floss daily. We can also provide you with more thorough care instructions so that your dentures last for years.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to get your smile back? Then turn to our Lindenhurst general dentist Dr. Brian Gniadek & Associates to find out if dentures are right for you.