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Dental Implants and Dentures - Excellence In Dentistry, Ltd., Gurnee IL

Gurnee, IL implant dentist Dr. Howard Cooper provides his patients with quality dental implants and dentures. Whether you are looking to replace a missing tooth, fill gaps in your teeth, or are ready for dentures, Dr. Cooper is the dentist for you. At Excellence In Dentistry, we understand how important a memorable smile is to our patients. A smile can make a lasting first impression, boost your confidence, and help to build your self-esteem. If you are dissatisfied with your smile, dental implants or dentures may be the solution you have been looking for. On this page, we have provided you with information to make a better informed decision on your treatment and oral health care needs. We can enhance your smile and give you the comprehensive care you deserve. Your smile is our first priority.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by Dr. Cooper.  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and aid digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What's involved in dental implants?

The process of receiving dental implants is actually quite easy.

At the consultation, we will take x-rays of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for the implant(s).  On occasion, a CT scan will be necessary to gain a complete picture of the area.  This information allows us to determine the width and length of the implant(s) needed to restore the area in question.  

The actual implant surgery is easy and pain free.  Our patients handle the procedure without any problems.  While we expect implants to last a long time, some complications can occur and Dr. Cooper will always discuss those with you, prior to placement. After the implant is surgically placed into the bone it is  allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for up to six months, depending on bone quality and position.  One the implant is integrated, we place the abutment, or "post", on the implant.  We will then take the necessary impressions and have the crown fabricated at our dental laboratory.  At that time, you will leave with a temporary crown and the lab will return your custom crown in approximately 2-3 weeks.   

Depending on the type of implant and position, a temporary crown may be able to be placed on the day of the implant surgery.  Ask Dr. Cooper if this procedure is for you!

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.


Dentures are a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which can take up to 3 months. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. While the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made and after 3 months, a denture reline will be performed.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or relined due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and aid digestion.

What's involved in dentures?

The process of receiving dentures can range from 1 day to several weeks, depending on the patient's desires.  We are known for our "same day dentures."  Dr. Cooper can discuss this option with you at the consultation visit.  When you're ready, highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  A “try-in” appointment may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  A reline will be necessary if the denture was placed immediately following extractions.   At the final appointment, Dr. Cooper will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing issues, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

For some patients, dental implants will be necessary to stabilize a loose denture.