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PEORIA, IL - Dr. Phuong Nguyen, a Peoria dentist, understands that the loss of teeth can be a very traumatizing experience. In order to ensure patients receive a relaxing, stress-free treatment, Dr. Nguyen can offer her patients superior dental care when teeth are missing.
"Losing teeth can be traumatizing. I want to make sure my patients receive the best care possible, and that includes the use of highly skilled local lab technicians. Using a local lab to fabricate prosthetics ensures that my patients leave smiling bigger and brighter than when they walked in," said Dr. Phuong Nguyen.
Dr. Nguyen's confidence in using a local lab to make full dentures, partial dentures, implant overdentures, night guards, sports guards, whitening trays, and crowns and bridges is very high. With the availability of experienced lab technicians in the area, Dr. Nguyen is able to work with these technicians to create convenience for the patient and in the end, acheiving more efficient and effective results.
Also different from many general dentists, Dr. Phuong Nguyen is capable of doing multiple extractions at a time; even full mouth extractions. Her unique blend of experience and education allows her to create extraordinary dental experiences for her patients. She will even sing to her patients to make them feel more relaxed. At All Smiles Dental Care, Dr. Nguyen can provide her patients with dentures immediately after their procedure as well as trouble shoot any issues with removable prosthetics.
About All Smiles Dental Care: Many patients refer to Dr. Phuong Nguyen of All Smiles Dental Care as “the singing dentist,” because she loves to help people even if that means singing to help them relax. Dr. Nguyen creates a fun, relaxing, and fear-free environment in her dental office setting. Gentle and caring, Dr. Nguyen takes time to provide her patients with the best care possible, which makes her well regarded by her patients for her thoroughness and perfectionism. Rather than being rushed, Dr. Nguyen wants her patients to know that she is there to serve their needs. Dr. Nguyen grew up all over the U.S., and is the fifth youngest of six siblings. She is dedicated to the newest advancements in dentistry and keeps up-to-date with the latest technologies in dentistry. She received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry at Boston University (Magna Cum Laude Graduate) and is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association and Peoria District Dental Society.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
Complete or full dentures are made when all of your natural teeth are missing. You can have a full denture on your upper or lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are called "temporary" or "final" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Temporary dentures, also called immediate dentures, are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures require relining to fit properly. A final denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take up to 6-8 months, depending on how many extractions were performed.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture.
Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are sometimes connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures can attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps, however it varies per patient. We also offer flexible partials and clear clasps to offer a more esthetic and comfortable alternative to metal partials.
The denture process takes between three and four weeks, or approximately four appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a "try-in" is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient`s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments. A mold or model of your jaw is made by a skilled lab technician who places the teeth in a wax base, and carves the wax to the exact form wanted in the finished denture. Usually a "wax try-in" of the denture will be done before processing so any adjustments can be made before the denture is completed.
The denture is completed by a lab technician using one of two techniques: cold pour processing and heat cured processing. There are advantages to each, and the doctor will talk to you about which option fits your needs and budget.
For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Your denture should easily fit into place. If you have a partial denture, never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
At first, you may be asked to wear your denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Your denture can be adjusted to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, you may wish to take the denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
It's best to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water when handling your denture, just in case you accidentally drop it. Brush the denture (with a soft denture brush) daily to remove food deposits and plaque, and keep it from becoming permanently stained. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture`s metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay.
Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean dentures is also acceptable. Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures. A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution.
Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Dentures that do not fit properly can be adjusted. Avoid using a do-it-yourself kit to adjust your dentures, as this can damage the appliance beyond repair. Glues sold over the counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture.
If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see your dentist immediately. In many cases, we can make necessary adjustments or repairs, usually the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be kept anywhere from a few days to a week or more.
Over time, dentures will need to be relined, re-based, or re-made due to normal wear. To reline or re-base a denture, the dentist uses the existing denture teeth and refits the denture base or makes a new denture base. Dentures may need to be replaced if they become loose and the teeth show signs of significant wear.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.Some people worry about how dentures will affect their speech. Consider how your speech is affected when you have a number of your natural teeth missing.
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you`re talking, speak more slowly. You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, consult your dentist.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, which causes constant irritation over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.