A denture is a device made from acrylic that’s inserted in the mouth to replace your natural teeth and provide support to your cheeks and lips. They can be fitted over endodontically treated teeth or attached to dental implants to ensure a more secure fit.
There are two different denture options available:
• A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and your teeth have had time to heal.
• An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted straight after the teeth have been extracted, with the tissues given time to heal beneath the denture.
An upper denture is usually flesh colored and covers the palate (roof of the mouth) while a lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. The teeth of the dentures are made from plastic, porcelain or a combination of the two.
Over time, dentures will naturally wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to maintain a normal jaw alignment. As your bone and gum ridges recede or shrink following the extraction of your teeth, the alignment will slowly change. So regular dental examinations are important to ensure the condition of oral tissues and that they remain disease-free.