The proper way to define a denture is an appliance that is inserted in one’s mouth in order to replace natural teeth and provide support for the lips and the cheeks.
Dentures are mostly made of acrylic and can be made using two types of methods: Conventional and Immediate.
- Conventional Dentures: are made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have completely healed.
- Immediate Dentures: are made and then inserted immediately after the teeth are removed. The tissues can heal under the denture.
An upper denture is typically composed of flesh-colored acrylic that covers the roof of the mouth, while lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped in order to leave enough room for the tongue.
They’re sometimes made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination of the two. Dentures may be constructed to fit endodontically over treated teeth, whereas a complete denture may be attached to dental implants for a more reliable fit of the appliance.
Over the normal course of time, dentures will wear out naturally. Eventually, they’ll need to be replaced or relined to allow the jaw’s alignment to remain normal. As the bone and gum ridges get smaller due to the teeth’s extraction, the alignment will slowly change over time. Going in for regular examinations is still important to check the oral tissues for disease or change.