Partial and Dentures in Champaign, IL
Dentures, a traditional form of treatment for missing teeth, are a common cost-effective restorative dental appliance. The removable appliance is made to resemble natural teeth and has the ability to restore the smile in a matter of weeks.
Unbeknownst to many, there are actually two types of dentures known as complete and partial dentures. When a person has no remaining teeth in the mouth they’d be fit for a complete denture while a person with some missing teeth would be fit for a partial denture. By filling in the gaps in the smile with a partial denture, shifting of any remaining teeth can be prevented.
If a patient decides to get a complete denture, there are several options in regards to their creation and placement. Patients can choose between having a conventional or immediate denture. Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. Because the recovery period can take anywhere between four to six weeks, this can result in the patient not having access to teeth during that period.
However, for those who prefer not to live without teeth, the option of an immediate denture is available. Immediate dentures are typically made in advance and can be placed immediately after tooth extraction. Although immediate dentures allow patients to have teeth during their healing process, this also means that they’ll have to return to our Champaign office to have their dentures adjusted after healing.
Just like with other restorative procedures, dentures are durable but not permanent. Natural wear will eventually require the dentures to either be repaired, remade, or readjusted.
When To Consider Treatment
There are multiple reasons for seeking restorative treatment with dentures. Although missing teeth is often the leading cause for dentures, patients can also have other motives. Dentures are one of the most cost-effective options for restorative treatment. Therefore, dentures are an attractive choice for those who can’t afford permanent reconstructive procedures.
Other reasons for dentures include:
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
- Enhancing of smile and facial tissues
- Loss of all teeth in an arch
- Loss of several teeth: Partial Denture
The process of getting dentures can take a few weeks to complete due to their custom made nature. In order to have a successful treatment and achieve a natural and comfortable fit for you denture, it’s crucial to visit our Champaign dentist for various appointments. Getting measured, accurate molds, and trying on your denture is an important step in the process. Not only does it help determine the fit, it also ensures the right color and shape have been used.
Once the treatment has been completed and you’re free to use your denture in your daily life, it might take some time getting use to them. Some side effects you may experience include:
- Increase in saliva flow
- Possibility of speech and chewing difficulty
Don’t be alarmed if you have any of these side effects, they’ll subside with time as the muscles and tissues become accustomed to the denture.
Need a Denture? Visit W. Eric Martin DDS, PC
In need of dentures to help solve missing teeth? Don’t postpone treatment any longer! Visit Dr. Martin in Champaign, IL for a consultation today! Our highly skilled dentist and staff are here to help guide you the process. We look forward to hearing from you!