A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be attached one of two ways. Conventional ones attach with denture adhesive, whereas an alternative is attachment to dental implants or natural teeth, which provide a more secure fit. Regardless of attachment method, dentures are made after teeth are removed and the mouth has healed. During the healing process, an immediate denture allows gum tissue to heal underneath it. For the final appliance, the upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, to cover the roof of the mouth and the lower is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. The teeth themselves are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination thereof.
Dentures are not a first choice as compared to natural teeth, restorations, and implants, but they are a reliable option for a mouth that requires much attention. Upon examination, Dr. Morrison will help you select the best option for you. If that is determined to be a denture, the steps and number of visits required for placement will be decided at that time as they vary according to individual needs. After a normal course of time subsequent to placement, dentures wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep alignment normal and comfortable. Even with dentures, regular dental examinations are still important so these adjustments can be made and the oral tissues can be checked and treated.