Natural Looking Dentures in Bethalto
For natural looking full or partial dentures, turn to the team at Alan J. Wickenhauser, DMD in Bethalto, IL for assistance. We have helped countless patients restore their teeth, and with it, their smile. A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth. Dentures are considered restorations and can be viewed as both a cosmetic and a practical dental procedure. 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, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. 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. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Reasons for Dentures
The Primary Reason Most People Consider Dentures Is Tooth Loss
This can occur from injury, decay, and disease, or lack of dental care. There are a number of reasons people opt for dentures. These include:
- The loss of all teeth in an arch; this is usually addressed with a complete denture
- The loss of several teeth in an arch; this is usually addressed with a partial denture
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion
The Process of Getting Dentures
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist 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 difficulty, 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. If you are considering dentures, please feel free to contact our office in Bethalto, IL, to make an appointment for a consultation. We will talk with you about your options, as well as give you an idea of what your treatment plan may look like. We can also discuss costs and payment options at this time if you have any concerns. When you need a complete smile again, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 618-377-0044 at your earliest convenience!