Fixed vs. Removable: Comparing Implant-Supported Denture Treatments

Here’s some good news: thanks to the latest dental innovations, Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss can offer more natural and secure smiles than ever before for patients who have lost most or all their teeth. With the added support and stability of dental implants, implant-supported dentures are some of the most popular ways to restore functional, beautiful smiles. When it comes to implant-supported dentures, patients in Skokie, IL, have options. Below, we’re going over some of the key benefits of both removable implant-supported dentures, and fixed implant-supported dentures, such as All-on-4®. Depending on your lifestyle and desires, as well as your oral health, either may be a more attractive option.

If you’re looking for a dependable and aesthetic alternative to traditional dentures in the Skokie area, reach out to The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Drs. Stein or Weiss can provide you with a natural-looking, secure bite through implant-supported dentures. Contact our team now at (847) 676-3500 to schedule a consultation.


Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures use the strength of strategically placed dental implants to provide greater stability than traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures use a unique locking mechanism to fit dentures securely into place with implants, so that slipping and sliding dentures, as well as denture adhesives and pastes, are a thing of the past.

Each method also requires all remaining teeth to be extracted. Four dental implants are then placed into both the top and bottom jaw. These implants are the foundation which creates the stable base for both removable and fixed implant-supported dentures. Both solutions also involve your general dentist or prosthodontist fabricating prosthetic teeth that achieve the most natural look and feel for your smile. With either option, patients can avoid most dietary restrictions that traditional dentures require and gain back the freedom to confidently and comfortably eat, drink, and smile.


While initial treatment procedures for both types are largely the same, both differ in the types of dentures that are placed and the timeline of treatment. Note that with either implant-supported denture treatment, candidates must be in good health without history of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, or related conditions that could affect healing. Drs. Stein or Weiss can help you determine if you are a good candidate for treatment at your initial consultation.

With removable implant-supported dentures, patients are given temporary dentures the day dental implants are placed. These temporary dentures must be worn for 8 to 12 weeks during the crucial osseointegration period, where dental implants assimilate with the natural jaw bone tissues. During this period, a custom-fitted and designed set of dentures are fabricated by a dental lab. Once completed, these final dentures tightly secure onto four posts attached to each implant on the top and bottom jaw. While these dentures can be removed for at-home cleanings, they are designed to be worn while eating, drinking, and sleeping.

With fixed implant-supported dentures, temporary, non-removable dentures are provided the same day implants are placed. (You may be familiar with the concept “Teeth-In-A-Day®,” which is associated with the popular All-on-4® technique.) These temporary dentures are securely attached to the implants in each jaw, creating a permanent teeth replacement. After the osseointegration period, patients receive the final set of permanent, custom-fabricated dentures from the dental lab. These dentures are not removable; therefore, patients must schedule quarterly or bi-annual cleanings with Drs. Stein or Weiss to maintain optimal oral health.

It’s important to note that non-removable dentures can pose more of an issue for people who are susceptible to periodontal disease or previously suffered bone loss from periodontal disease.

A Denture Alternative That Works For You

Fixed vs. Removable: Comparing Implant-Supported Denture TreatmentsIs a removable implant-supported denture or fixed implant supported denture, such as All-on-4®, right for you? Our team can walk you each technique in greater detail, and discuss treatment options with you based on your health history and current lifestyle, history of periodontal disease, and the structure and health of your jaw. At The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, we always communicates and collaborate directly with any participating dental specialists, such as prosthodontists or oral surgeons, to ensure the fit, look, and feel of your permanent dentures is natural and comfortable.

Let Drs. Stein and Weiss and our staff at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry help you achieve the secure bite and beautiful smile you desire! Call us today.


What is the cost of a full mouth restoration?

Are you are living with extensive tooth loss, decay, or periodontal disease? If so, you know full well that a damaged and unhealthy smile can negatively impact many areas of your life. For patients who need a multi-step approach to treating widespread oral health issues, our Skokie, IL practices offers full mouth restoration. However, many patients worry about the costs that a full mouth restoration includes. While this treatment can be more costly, due to the multiple treatments that are involved, learning about the estimated costs, benefits, and timeline options that this treatment entails can help you as you make decisions regarding the future of your smile. Remember: your health and wellbeing is worth investing in!

If you have further questions about full mouth restoration, or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, contact us at (847) 676-3500.

What does a full mouth restoration cost?

what does a full mouth restoration cost?There is no single cost for a full mouth restoration; costs for this treatment varies because each treatment plan is uniquely designed by Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss to fit your specific needs.

Note that because this treatment is focused on restoring the mouth, dental insurance typically covers some percentage of the costs.

In addition, you may qualify for one of our practice’s medical financing options which can offer manageable monthly payments with little to no interest. During a consultation, our staff can go over your financing options, and answer questions you may have regarding the application process.

If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, please don’t hesitate to discuss this with our doctors. Our team may be able to stagger treatment to help distribute costs, or perform certain restorations that are more cost effective.

What factors influence the cost?

Since each case is unique, your full mouth restoration cost will be influenced by:

  • The restorative materials selected
  • Dental laboratory fees
  • How many procedures are performed
  • What type of procedures are performed included in the customized treatment plan
  • Sedative medication fees
  • Dental specialist fees from referred doctors

What can I expect to pay for individual treatments?

The following procedures are commonly included in full mouth restoration treatment plans. The costs included are simply estimates; actual costs can vary depending on your unique situation.

  • Dental implant restorations: $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
  • TMJ treatment: $2,000 to $3,500, depending on the level of treatment required.
  • Dental bridge placement: the cost can vary significantly, based on the material and type of bridge used. However, bridges may be substituted as a more cost-effective treatment compared to dental implants.
  • Dental crowns: $500 to $1,000 or more, depending on the materials used.
  • Composite fillings: $100 to $200

Contact The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry

Do not let your widespread oral health issues keep you from living a happy, healthy life. A healthy smile is important at every age; it is never too late for a more functional, beautiful smile. Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss can offer full mouth reconstruction to Skokie, IL patients who desire a pain-free, functional, and beautiful smile. It is never too late to improve your oral health; give us a call today at (847) 676-3500.


Partial vs. Full: Dentures for Every Smile

Anyone who has experienced tooth loss knows that teeth not only play an important role in our physical health, but in our social and emotional health, too. Dentures from The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry in Skokie, IL, offer teeth replacement options when patients suffer from tooth loss due to extraction, decay, or trauma. When discussing dentures, it is important to know the difference between the two most common types: partial vs. full dentures. Below, learn which option could help you restore a full, radiant smile in just a few appointments with Drs. Abraham Stein or Zachary Weiss.

Looking for dentures near Skokie, IL? We offer restorative treatment in a comfortable, high-tech practice located in central Skokie. Our team would love to meet you, and learn how we can help you achieve the firm bite and natural-looking smile you desire. Contact us to set up an appointment at (847) 676-3500.

Tooth Replacements to Fit Your Smile

For many people, the word “dentures” brings to mind poorly-fitted, over-sized plastic plates. However, awkward, slipping, and unnatural-looking dentures are a thing of the past. This tooth replacement treatment has dramatically changed over the years to provide a reliable, functional, and aesthetic teeth replacement treatment.

For patients with partial or complete teeth loss, full, partial, or implant-supported dentures make it possible to regain a full, beautiful smile. While implant dentures are a more stable restorative treatment option for select patients, we’ll be taking a closer look at the variances between two more traditional denture options offered at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry: partials and full dentures.

Partial Dentures

Partial vs. Full: Dentures for Every SmilePartial dentures, often called “partials,” are removable tooth replacement appliances that offer smile restoration for patients who have one or more missing adjacent teeth. Unlike full dentures, described below, partials require patients have at least one or more remaining teeth on the top and bottom jaws. The artificial teeth, built onto a gum-colored plastic plate, is firmly attached to one or more remaining teeth by metal or plastic connectors. Depending on a patient’s unique restoration needs, Drs. Stein or Weiss may choose one of several designs of partial dentures to offer the most comfortable and stable restoration. In some cases, the dentist increases the stability of remaining supportive teeth by placing a dental crown for added strength.

The Benefits of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are best for patients who have gum tissue or bone tissue loss from periodontal disease, and cannot easily receive dental implants. They also appeal to patients who want to be able to remove the appliance for easy at-home cleaning. However, partial dentures do not last long; on average, these appliances need to be replaced every five years. This can be a significant drawback for patients who are looking for a long-lasting solution.

Full Dentures

Full or “complete”, dentures traditionally have a pink-colored plastic plate (to match your natural gum tissues’ color) that fits comfortably over the surface of the top and bottom gums. Acrylic false teeth are firmly attached to each plate to mimic a natural row of teeth. When smiling and speaking, the smile is very natural-looking. Suction and dental adhesives keep dentures in place during use throughout the day. Most patients find they can eat and drink fairly normally with complete dentures, while simply avoiding certain tough or sticky foods.

The Benefits of Full Dentures

For patients desiring full teeth replacement who cannot support dental implants due to bone loss, full dentures are a great option. Full dentures can last anywhere five to 10 years, and restore much of a patient’s eating and chewing abilities after extensive tooth loss. This can greatly increase the patient’s confidence levels after the devastating effects of widespread tooth loss, and can improve digestion and speaking ability. Additionally, full dentures, like partials, offer easy cleaning; full dentures are removed at night for a deep clean, and can also be quickly cleaned after meals.

Custom-Fit Dentures in Skokie, IL

Whether you have suffered from partial or complete teeth loss, schedule your consultation with Dr. Abraham Stein or Dr. Zachary Weiss to receive custom-fit, genuine-looking dentures that restore your smile to its full potential. Do not let tooth loss keep you from eating or talking confidently. Call us today!

What’s the difference between a prosthodontist and a general dentist?

Not all dental professionals offer the same services or experience. Usually, patients don’t research the differences between dental specialists until it counts — when you need top-quality dental and oral care for you or a loved one. At the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Abraham Stein holds advanced training to practice dental prosthodontics as a board-certified prosthodontist. Learn more about this important dental specialty below.

If you are looking for advanced restorative care in the Skokie, IL, area, consider The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Abraham Stein and Dr. Zachary Weiss offer comprehensive dental care with experience restoring the health and beauty of smiles in the greater Chicago area. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and visit our New Patient page for additional information.

Understanding Dental Prosthodontics

Dental prosthodontics is one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Dr. Stein’s experience in prosthodontics means that he is uniquely qualified to diagnose and plan treatment and maintenance for Skokie, IL patients suffering from missing or deteriorated teeth. He can improve the overall function, health and appearance of teeth.

What's the difference between a dentist and a prosthodontist?

Understanding prosthodontics starts with the name itself. “Prostho” means replacement and “dontist” refers to teeth. Prosthodontists are truly “architects of a smile” and can help restore and improve the appearance of not just the teeth, but the other soft or supportive tissues that play an important role in creating a naturally beautiful smile. Whether just one tooth or several teeth require restoration, prosthodontists are the recognized dental specialist experts.

Prosthodontist Training

General dentists must first complete a bachelor’s degree before advancing to dental school. Then, four years are spent at an accredited dental school, where candidates become qualified as a general dentist through a DMD or DDS degree. General dentists then begin practicing dental medicine while prosthodontist candidates continue with additional education. The prosthodontist candidates complete an additional three years of education and residency in an accredited prosthodontic graduate program. This three-year period focuses on the skillful reconstruction and cosmetic restoration of teeth and gums. After successfully completing the graduate program, candidates must pass an examination provided by the American Board of Prosthodontics before receiving board certification as a prosthodontist.

In short, prosthodontists are general dentists, with additional training and education. Because of this, they can also provide general dentistry services for patients in addition to more specific restorative care.

Dental Treatment Specialties

General dentists perform a variety of preventive, minor restorative, and cosmetic procedures. Typically, patients will see a general dentist for routine examinations and may be referred to a prosthodontist if complex restorative work is needed.

Common dental prosthodontic treatments include dental implants, dental crowns, dental bridges or dentures. It’s common for prosthodontists to work with other dentists and dental specialists such as periodontists or endodontists in orchestrating a complete smile restoration.

When to See a Prosthodontist

Patients who require restorative work beyond a simple filling should consider seeing a prosthodontist. They offer experience and training that can ensure your full mouth reconstruction or total smile makeover is as functional, beautiful, and natural-looking as possible.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Skokie, IL Prosthodontist

If you are looking for a skilled prosthodontist in the greater Chicago, IL area, consider Dr. Abraham Stein of the Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Stein is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society and has completed over 1,500 All-On-4® immediate load implant cases during his career. He can help you rebuild a stronger smile you’ll be proud to show off. Request your appointment today!

We’re here for you.

Dr. Abraham E. Stein

4711 W. Golf Rd, Suite 912
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 676-3500

Located at the corner of Skokie Blvd and Golf Rd., adjacent to the Double Tree hotel

Providing Dental Care For the Communities of:

Skokie, Evanston, Des Plaines, Wilmette, Niles, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Northfield, Winnetka

Convenient Office Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: Call for hours

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Dr. Abraham E. Stein

From start to finish, a fabulous experience (sounds like an oxymoron when talking about "dental visits", but actually true). From stepping in and encountering a superbly run front desk and incredible dental hygienist (whom I have seen for 20+ years), great dental assistants, and of course the master himself -- Dr. Stein. He has done amazing things to my 65+ year-old choppers such that they are in the top tier of my peers. Need I say more?

Paul Ringel, M.D. Skokie, IL Dental Patient October 20, 2017

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