A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Dental implants may be an alternative to dentures. Consult your dentist for advice.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while that of the lower dentures is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. It takes several appointments to "try in” a model before your final denture is made.
Over time, dentures will need to be repaired or remade due to normal wear. Regular dental visits are important because the teeth in a denture wear down. Bone and gum ridges may shrink as you age. Loose dentures can cause health problems, make chewing more difficult, and change your facial features. It’s important to replace worn or poorly-fitting dentures before they cause problems.