January 18, 2017
Today’s dentures are a far cry from what most people think. Thanks to new materials and improved manufacturing processes, today’s modern dentures look better, fit more comfortably, and function better than ever before. At our Belleville, IL dental office, we see many people whose lives have been greatly improved by dentures.
Dentures come in two basic types: partial and full dentures.
If you’re missing several teeth, this may be the right option for you. A partial denture performs the same function as a removable bridge. The replacement teeth are set in a base that is very close in color to your gums.
When teeth go missing, the remaining teeth aren’t held in place any longer. They begin to drift out of position. That can affect your bite and your ability to chew. Wearing your partial denture regularly is important to keep your natural teeth in position.
A full denture replaces an entire top or bottom “arch” of teeth. Where all the teeth are missing, a full set of dentures will restore your ability to eat comfortably.
There are two varieties of full dentures: immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are placed as soon as any teeth that remain are extracted. The upside to conventional dentures is that you have a shorter healing period following the extractions. You’ll be eating again soon.
However, immediate dentures need more adjustments than conventional dentures to get a good fit. During the healing process, your gums shrink and the underlying bone also shrinks from lack of stimulation. Your immediate dentures are sized to fit your mouth as it was when the teeth were extracted, and won’t fit properly once your healing period is complete.
Conventional full dentures are created in a dental laboratory using a casting of your mouth. Conventional dentures take a while to create, so you’ll likely be without teeth for a while. However, once your conventional dentures are ready, they’ll require fewer adjustments and tweak to fit you well.
Both partial and full dentures rest on your gums and are usually held in place by a combination of suction and dental adhesives. You’ve probably seen various dental adhesive products advertised on television. Those products do a good job, but dentures can still shift and slide around in the mouth.
There’s another way to have secure dentures that function just like your own teeth, and that’s to get implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants are tiny, extremely strong metal screws that are placed into the bone beneath your gums. Those screws become integrated into the bone and basically replace the roots of teeth.
We can anchor your dentures firmly to those dental implants so they remain snug and secure. Your dentures won’t slip, slide, or move around in your mouth.
You Don’t Have to Live Without Teeth
Today’s modern and comfortable dentures are a great option for many people who are missing some or all of their teeth. Don’t live without teeth any longer! Contact the Belleville, IL office of Dr. Thomas J. Feder by calling 618‑219‑1412. You can also use our convenient online form.
You can smile without embarrassment and eat the foods you love once again. We look forward to the opportunity to show you just how well today’s dentures can work for you.