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Custom Dentures: What You Should Know

July 14, 2014

What are Custom Dentures?

Custom dentures are specifically made according to your needs. When a denture is made for you, you are able to get a denture with a perfect fit, increased functionality, and a natural smile. Color, shape, or size of the teeth can be adjusted in order to achieve the most natural look.

Benefits of custom dentures-

  1. Comfort and functional efficiency – Custom dentures are much more comfortable and efficient than standard dentures, in part due to the special materials used in fabrication. The material is pliable and can be adjusted within the mouth until the patient is satisfied with the performance of the denture. The dentures have a soft lining material for more comfort in biting and chewing. Custom dentures on a lower arch have great retentive capacity due to the strong grip on the arch.

The shape of the teeth is specifically customized for the patient’s bite, increasing functional efficiency.

  1. Custom Dentures Feel and Look Natural- Custom dentures can turn your dream of wearing a dazzling smile, into reality. The custom dentures are unique in their personalization feature. Dr. VanderMolen can continue to alter the look until the patient is contented.

The material used in the fabrication of custom dentures makes the teeth look naturally white. Used on the porcelain prosthetic teeth, it mimics the enamel of natural teeth by reflecting light just as natural teeth do.
If you have lost your natural teeth, and are in search for a comfortable yet beautiful substitute, custom dentures could be the perfect choice for you. Call (217) 717-4551 for an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Springfield. Dr. Matt VanderMolen will help you get your desired results!

Senior News Article Adventures in Dentures

May 5, 2014

When I was in the Navy, the slogan was “It’s not just a job – it’s an adventure!”  Through the years, I have come to find those who wear dentures often find themselves in some sort of “adventure” – usually an embarrassing one.

I’ve changed their names, but I’d like to share some real life adventures in dentures.  To anyone who at one time or another has had an embarrassing or unfortunate accident or incident with your dentures, I offer these stories to let you know you are not alone.  If you have dentures or are considering getting dentures, I want you to know there are take steps you can take to avoid these mishaps.  Though humorous, as in most humorous stories, it’s funny when you are not the one involved.

Joe came to my office with a broken lower denture.  I asked him what happened to it.  He said he was leaning out of the window of his truck talking to a female friend at work when his denture fell from his mouth and cracked on the pavement at the feet of his shocked friend.  He had planned to ask her out to lunch.  Instead, he became speechless as he quickly jumped from his truck to pick up the pieces and drive directly to me.  I don’t think Joe got a second chance at that date.

Larry only wore his lower denture for appearance.  He could not manage to eat with it in his mouth.  So he put it aside while he ate.  Apparently, his new dog thought his lower denture was a bone.  Unbeknownst to Larry, his dog was able to steal the denture from the dinner table.  Then he did what dogs do with bones.  He chewed it up and buried it in the backyard!  It took Larry and his wife two weeks to figure out what had happened before he was able to retrieve and bring in what remained of his lower denture.

Mary was visiting her cousin in Florida.  Mary’s cousin did not know she wore dentures.  Mary wasn’t much for going out, but her cousin convinced her to go out dancing.  They were dancing with some men, and “things got kind of wild.”  All of a sudden she was chasing her denture across the dance floor.   She was horrified and felt like time was in slow motion as she scooped up her denture, put it in her mouth and continued dancing!  Needless to say, the rest of that evening was awkward.

Sally said her denture was “okay”, but it was hard to wear all day.  So she would take it out quite a bit throughout the day.  Her three year old grandson was fascinated with her denture.  Unfortunately, he was also fascinated with the workings of the toilet.  Do I really need to finish this story?

So how do you avoid denture mishaps?  First of all, make sure your dentures fit well.  One size does not fit all.  Everyone has unique situations and needs.  If you are seeking a new denture, choose a dentist who focuses on proper diagnosis of your mouth and your face to allow for proper appearance, health, and function.  Be wary of low-cost denture clinics.

If you have had dentures for a while, chances are they no longer fit as they should.  Dentures can be re-fitted with something called a reline, or they may need to be replaced.

If you have a denture that fits well, denture adhesive in the form of a gel or powder can help.  It can give you the security of your denture not popping loose or coming out of your mouth.  It is so important that your denture fits well.  If your denture does not fit well, too much adhesive gets used and the denture still does not stay in place.  Furthermore, you are left with a sticky mess in your mouth.  When you glue anything together, you want a close fit.  If there is not a close fit, the glue fails.

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you might not be aware of dental implants.  With as little as two to six implants, you can replace all your teeth without traditional dentures.  Dental implants are anchored in your jaw, and the teeth are attached to the implants.

A well-fitting denture paired with denture adhesive does work okay for many people.  However, most denture wearers have to compromise with what they can do with their teeth.  The amount of force to chew with a full set of dentures is only ten percent of the force used by people with natural teeth.  People with dentures are forced to limit what they can eat which is often softer and less healthy foods. 

Do you want to eat what you want, or be limited to only eat what you can?  Dental implants allow you to regain bite strength.  This is exciting because now, with dental implants, you can eat what you want.  Go ahead and bite into an apple or crunch on some fresh carrots without giving it a second thought.

Patients who choose dental implants are some of the happiest people I know.  Usually, their only regret is not seeking treatment sooner.  Their “adventures” are made up of positive life-changing experiences – and it is my pleasure to hear them all.

If you are interested in taking charge of your smile, and not falling victim to a dental mishap, I invite you to call our office at (217) 717-4551.  Or you can find us online at

Click here for more information on our Free Dental Implant Seminars.

Laugh Out Loud in 2014

January 28, 2014

By Dr. Matt VanderMolen

Advanced Dental Care of Springfield

Here is a story that is educational and motivational.  I sincerely hope it will help you, a friend, or a loved one to laugh out loud in 2014.

Jane liked to bowl and always scored well.  She joined a league, and she was on a winning team.   Her teammates were happy to have such a high scorer on their team.  But they found Jane to be too serious, and even unfriendly, while they played.  She rarely smiled or laughed.  They also found her to be antisocial because she always said “no” to their invitations to go out for a bite to eat after they bowled.  After several rejections to their invitations, her teammates quit asking.

Was Jane really a negative and antisocial person?   Years ago, in another community, Jane was the captain of her bowling team.  She was always smiling and quick to shout out words of encouragement to her teammates – even to the opposing team bowlers!  She usually organized all the parties and celebrations.

So what happened?  Jane lost her teeth to gum disease.  She got dentures that looked like dentures – not how her real teeth used to be.  The lower denture was very loose and hard to manage.  She had to limit herself to eating softer foods.  Jane was embarrassed that she had lost her teeth, and she was embarrassed about her smile.  She also was highly fearful of what embarrassing thing might happen while she ate in front of other people.  She suspected her current bowling teammates thought she wasn’t very pleasant and antisocial.  This hurt her because they were nice people.

Jane’s daughter encouraged her to see the dentist.  She told Jane a lot of things had changed in dentistry in the past twelve years since she had her teeth out.  Jane decided to come into the office and found there had indeed been some changes!  She was greeted with warm and friendly smiles.  She was embarrassed it had been so long since she had been to the dentist, but the dental staff seemed genuinely happy to see her and interested in how they could help her.  She learned how her teeth could be replaced so her smile would look natural again.  She learned that when you lose teeth you also lose bone in your jaw as well. She also learned how the bone loss made the lower part of her face shrink and how that made the corners of her mouth pull down into a frown.

Thankfully, she was offered the latest dental implant technology to bring back her smile.  Her frown lines were gone, and her face looked ten years younger. On top of all these benefits, she found out about dental implants. Dental implants could be placed in her jaws in a way that would allow her dentures to actually snap into place and stay put.  No more worries about loose dentures.  Jane could now eat what she wanted instead of only eating what loose-fitting dentures would allow.

Jane is back to being the happy extrovert she used to be, and everyone on her bowling team is impressed with the transformation.  Jane is laughing out loud and excited to see what 2014 will bring. Go Jane!

As a dentist, I am frustrated by how little the general population knows about what modern dentistry has to offer.  There are far too many “Janes” out there who are needlessly, quietly suffering.  Your smile defines you.  You adapt to your smile.  If your smile is broken, you adapt to it and become broken as a person.  The good news is broken smiles can be fixed.

Dentistry has amazing technologies and treatments to offer, and I want everyone to know most everyone can have a great smile.  Let me repeat that.  Most everyone can have a great smile.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, come see what you are missing.  At Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, we would be happy to have our fantastic staff show you our amazing technologies and the awesome results we achieve for our patients.  There has never been a better time to see a dentist.  Call 217-546-3333 or visit us at

Dental Implants Offer a Superior Alternative

July 15, 2013

Filed under: Advance Dental Care,Blog,Dental Implants,Dentures,Dr. VanderMolen — smilespringfield @ 3:00 pm

If you are wearing dentures at the moment and you would really like a change, dental implants may be right for you.  Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care can offer you this innovative, permanent alternative.

You don’t have to be one of the thousands of people who are living with dentures which do not fit well, and therefore cause continual discomfort. Dentures have served a purpose for many decades for those people who have had to endure tooth loss with its accompanying problems of eating and speaking. If you are looking for more natural looking and feeling teeth, there is now an option where permanent dental implants can be installed to replace traditional dentures.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is fixed into the jaw bone and acts as a foundation to support dental prosthetics. At the time that the implants are installed, Dr. VanderMolen will drill small holes into the jawbone, and put into position small, threaded rods made from titanium. When he has completed this process, he will tighten the dental implants so that they will not move. The dental implants will be positioned where teeth are missing so that they can act as a foundation for a dental crown or bridge which can be firmly fixed into place.

There are great benefits when using dental implants as a substitute for dentures. The most important is that they form a firm foundation for affixing permanent replacement teeth. Once this has been added, then eating and speaking occur with far more confidence. Dental Implants, firmly rooted in the jaw, look and act as natural teeth.

Less Chance of Allergic Reactions with Titanium Implants

Materials used in dentures can sometimes cause allergic reactions in their recipients, but titanium dental implants do not cause the same sorts of responses, even though they are embedded firmly into the jawbone. This means that more people can use dental implants to replace those teeth that have been lost. Over time their true worth will be revealed as you will smile, eat and speak as naturally as if you had all your original teeth.

If you have lost teeth and would like to know more about how dental implant procedure can benefit you, make an appointment by calling Dr VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333.

Take advantage of our FREE Dental Implant Seminars held regularly in Springfield.  For more information CLICK HERE.

Implants Help to Reduce Bone Loss

July 1, 2013

Filed under: Advance Dental Care,Blog,Dental Implants,Dentures — smilespringfield @ 11:00 am

When a tooth or teeth have been lost, it creates a space in your mouth that can create problems for the whole of your mouth structure. The presence of teeth helps to create a shape for your face. Once teeth are lost or removed over time, the face starts to take on a sunken appearance. The overall rigidity and structure of the skin are both maintained by the teeth. Smile Restoration techniques, including Dental Implants can help in restoring a more youthful smile.

Dental implants are fixed and fused into the jaw-bone and serve as anchors that support the new teeth and also prevent bone loss. Bone needs to be stimulated so that it can stay healthy. Whether a single implant-supported tooth is required, or a number of teeth, the dental implants will fuse to the bone, so stabilizing and stimulating it so that no more bone loss takes place.

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As more teeth fall out, the jawbone starts to atrophy more noticeably and the face will appear sunken. The loss of bone makes a person’s face look older than his or her real age. Bridges and dentures, which are used commonly as substitute teeth, do not stop this loss of bone.

Dental implants are an important dental advancement as they are firmly anchored in the jawbone, without having to depend on neighboring teeth. They act quite naturally and enhance healthy bone. Once a lost tooth has a replacement in the form of a dental implant, the fusion that takes place between the implant and the bone offers stability in the same way as a natural tooth.

Dental Implants provide stability

Bridges and dentures certainly do help you to chew and eat food, but dental implants go just one step further, as they are placed into and are fused with the jawbone. This offers stability and prevents bone loss and atrophying that normally occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants really do help to allow your face to retain a more natural shape.

If you are worried about bone loss and would like to know more about the benefits of dental implants, then arrange an appointment by calling Advanced Dental Care today at (217) 546-3333.

You can also attend one of our informative seminars held regularly in the Springfield area.  There is no cost or obligation to attend.  Click here for more information on our Dental Implant Seminars.

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