A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
- An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
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The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of the two. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Dentures, over a normal course of time, will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
Are You Unhappy with your Denture?
Most people find themselves with ill-fitting dentures that rub sores on the gums because the denture moves around when you talk and eat. In years past, a re-alignment was the only way to temporarily make the denture fit better. Dentures truly fit best the day they are made, and then your bone starts changing, which causes the denture to become loose and requires the need for messy denture adhesives. If this is you… Dental implants can completely change the way you eat, talk, and feel about your mouth.
Dental implants can be the solution to denture problems. With dental implants, you can have an implant-supported fixed denture (detachable only by a dental professional) or an implant-supported overdenture. When dental implants are placed into your bone, the bone is stimulated and does not deteriorate as quickly. The dental implants act as anchors that attach to the denture to give you stability and increased, improved function in multiple ways.
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