A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips. A conventional denture is made by the lab after all teeth have been removed from the mouth after healing has taken place. A denture is made by our lab and positioned immediately once the tooth removal has been completed. The mouth areas are allowed to heal completely under the denture. An upper denture is fitted and covers the roof of the mouth for adequate retention. A lower denture is shaped similar to a horseshoe to allow space for the patients tongue.
Dentures can be made to attach to dental implants to allow for a better fit of the denture. Over time, dentures will wear and need to be relined or replaced to keep the jaw alignment comfortable. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and tissues shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental visits are important for the denture wearer to allow us to examine the mouth changes or disease.