A denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides facial support for the cheeks and lips.
Most Dentures Are Made Of Acrylic And Can Be Fabricated Two Different Ways:
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
- An upper denture has flesh-colored acrylic that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
Dr. Dina is very detailed and ‘by-the-book’ when it comes to making dentures, so that you have the very best esthetic and functional outcome! A series of 4-5 appointments are needed over a 6-8 week period, before the final delivery. During these visits Dr. Dina will ensure proper phonetics and esthetics, and you will choose the shape and shade of denture teeth that you desire.
Dentures, over the normal course of time, will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the proper jaw relationship. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gums recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth and age-related bone loss. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.