A denture 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.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination thereof. A complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance. This can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life. Please ask us how this service can help you or your loved ones.
Over time dentures 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 dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change. Dental implants also minimize the loss of support and shrinkage of tissues seen in patients who have lost their teeth.