Dentures are an appliance that is inserted in the mouth and replaces the natural teeth and provide support for the structure of the cheeks and lips. Dentures are made of plastic porcelain or a combination of both and can also be made to fit over endodontically treated teeth or attached to dental implants for a more stable secure fit.
TYPES OF DENTURES
Most dentures are made out of acrylic and can be fabricated in a few different ways.
Conventional Dentures are made after all teeth have been extracted and the gums have healed, as the gum ridges recede or shrink due to the teeth extractions. This takes a few months for the gums to fully heal.
Immediate Dentures are fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth extraction, leaving the gums to heal under the dentures.
Upper Dentures have an acrylic flesh color palate that covers the roof of the mouth, while the lower Denturesare shaped like a horse shoe, leaving room for the tongue.
Over the course of time, dentures will need to be replaced or re aligned in order to maintain the jaw to a normal alignment. Regular dental examinations are important to keep the oral tissue free of disease.