Complete Dentures & Partial Denture Services in Peoria, Illinois
A denture is a common dental device that serves as a replacement for missing teeth. Dentures are removable oral appliances that are usually customized to resemble the original look of the patient’s teeth. Dentures are common in two different types: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures, also known as “conventional dentures” or “full dentures“, are designed for patients who have no teeth and who have healed gums. Complete dentures are not supported or retained by the use of dental implants. Sometimes patients will come to a point when all of their teeth are failing. When this happens, we make a denture for the patient that will be placed at the time of the extraction surgery.
Partial dentures are implemented on patients who only have some missing teeth on either jaw and who are not missing all of their teeth. There are two types of partial dentures: fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures.
The type of partial dentures used on a patient is determined by the condition of the teeth surrounding the gap. During the process of fixed partial dentures, the denture is permanently cemented directly to the jaw with the use of a dental cap or under the gum line using dental implants.
Whether you and your Peoria dentist decide on fixed partial dentures or removable partial dentures, the application of dentures can offer many benefits.
- Partial dentures can make chewing food or speaking less painful and easier
- Dentures help maintain the shape of your face
- Partial dentures help decline the risk of gum disease
- Dentures help to prevent teeth from shifting
What does the process of getting dentures entail?
Patients receiving dentures typically need to make a few visits to our Peoria, Illinois office over the course of several weeks. During the initial visit, our staff will take impressions and measurements to create a unique, custom denture for the patient. In order to ensure a correct and comfortable fit, several visits may be necessary. A dentist will make any last adjustments and apply the denture during the final visit.
Upon the first few days of having new dentures, it is common for patients to experience an increase of saliva flow and some difficulties with speech and chewing. As the body adjusts to the new dentures, these minor discomforts will eventually subside.