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.
Dentures can be fabricated to attach to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance. Most dentists now believe that implant supported dentures are the standard of care.
Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change. Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal.