Today you have more options than ever when it comes to dentures. Banks Dental Group offers partial and full dentures to replace missing teeth, as well as immediate dentures, to patients in the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago. Christopher Banks, DMD, helps you determine which option is best for your smile.
Full dentures replace an entire set of missing teeth on your upper or lower jaw line, but partial dentures fill in for a group of teeth or scattering of missing teeth. Partial dentures are removable and consist of a prosthetic tooth, or teeth, and gum-colored inserts so they blend into your mouth.
As implied by the name, immediate dentures are inserted almost immediately after your natural teeth have been removed. You never have to appear in public without teeth. These dentures best duplicate your natural look, too; it’s easier to match the shape and color of your teeth when you still have some for reference.
The immediate denture protects the areas from which your teeth were extracted, thus reducing bleeding. Immediate dentures make the process of learning to speak and chew with dentures relatively easy.
You have several visits focused on the fabrication of the immediate denture so they’re sure to fit your teeth. Dr. Banks makes impressions of your teeth, record your bite, and has you try on models. You may have some teeth, particularly those in the back of your mouth, extracted prior to the final fit of the denture so the extraction sites can heal.
Dr. Banks offers a product called Snap-on-Smile. It’s a thin overlay that fits right over your own teeth to give your smile a boost, especially if you have chips, gaps, or missing teeth. The insert is affordable, but made of high-tech dental resin so it’s extremely durable and can be kept in place while you eat and drink.
If you’re not ready for invasive dental work, but your teeth would benefit from a makeover, Snap-on-Smile may be a good choice. The process of getting the overlay is easy. You select a shade and style that fits your natural coloring. Dr. Banks makes an impression of your teeth. You come back in a few weeks for a final fit and take the device home.
At Banks Dental Group, we accept all insurance plans except Medicaid and private insurances. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Annette if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.