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
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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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