Denture, or a complete denture as it’s also known, is a devise that’s inserted in the mouth to replace natural teeth and provide support for the cheeks and lips. The most popular dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in two unique ways.
- Conventional dentures are made after teeth are extracted and the gum tissues have healed completely.
- Immediate dentures are fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted, allowing the tissues to heal under the denture.
- Upper denture are acrylic and usually flesh-colored, to cover the palate located at the roof of the mouth.
- Lower dentures are shaped like a horseshoe in order to leave ample room for the tongue.
Dentures are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of the two. They can be fabricated to fit over endodontically-treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants, allowing for a more secure fit of the device.
Over time, dentures will wear and will need to be replaced or realigned in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gums recede due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are important for the denture wearer, to ensure that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
For more information on dentures in the Rochester area, get in touch with the Harborside Dental team today. We’re located in Webster, NY and can be reached by phone at 585-671-2720 or via email through our website’s contact page.