What Are Dentures?
A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replacing natural teeth and providing support for the cheeks and lips. The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of both. 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.
How Are Dentures Made and Fitted?
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 gum tissue has healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the gum tissue is 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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