Restoring Smiles with Dentures
in New Lenox, IL

At Lincolnway Dental Associates, we offer dentures to help restore your smile and your quality of life. Dentures are removable appliances that can replace some or all of your natural teeth as needed to not only improve your appearance, but allow you to eat and speak normally! We know how difficult it can be to lose one’s teeth to decay or injury, and in turn lose your confidence, too. Our dental team in New Lenox, IL would be more than happy to give your confidence and overall well-being a boost with dentures, and provide you with all the information you need to help you maintain them for as long as possible.

Are you having trouble eating and talking comfortably because you’ve lost multiple teeth? We want to help you. Give us a call at (815) 462-4838!

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How Soon can I Get Dentures after Having Teeth Pulled?

The time needed to wait for dentures after having teeth pulled varies from patient to patient. But in general, it can take about 6-8 weeks for the gums to properly heal and allow for a denture fitting. For custom-made dentures, the wait may be longer, from 3-6 months, because it’s essential that the dentures fit perfectly. Do keep in mind that the more comfortable and better-fitting the dentures are, the more expensive they will be!

When a person’s teeth are extracted, the jaw bone will begin to shrink. In order to preserve the integrity of the mouth and jaw as much as possible while the gums are healing, we can provide you with temporary, immediate dentures that you can wear until you’re ready for your complete dentures.

Types of Dentures We Offer

When it comes to dentures, no two will be the same. Everyone is different, and their dentures should be, too. Here are some of the most common types of dentures available:

Partial Dentures

If some of your teeth can be saved, we may recommend removal partial dentures instead of complete dentures. These can be offered as either a temporary or permanent solution, depending on your needs. As with complete dentures, partial dentures need to fit your mouth correctly to prevent uneven biting forces and trauma to the gums and surrounding teeth.


Overdentures can be used when it is possible to save some of the natural teeth. The overdenture is fitted over some of the remaining teeth and functions similar to dental implants.

Immediate Dentures

After having your teeth extracted, you’ll need to wear immediate dentures in the meantime while your gums heal. The immediate dentures will help to preserve the integrity of the jaw bone (which will shrink after your teeth have been removed) as well as its function.

Conventional Dentures

Complete, conventional dentures can replace all of your teeth and mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

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Maintaining Your Dentures

Good hygiene is just as important when you have dentures! They need to stay clean, just like natural teeth. You need to:

  • Clean your mouth as thoroughly as possible when brushing (this includes the gums, roof of the mouth, cheeks, and tongue)
  • Rinse off your dentures before brushing
  • Use a toothbrush with a soft bristle and non-abrasive cleanser so your dentures don’t get scratches on them
  • When they’re not being worn, keep your dentures in a clean, secure container to prevent them from getting wet