A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents adjoining teeth from shifting.
An upper denture is made of flesh colored acrylic and covers the roof of the mouth. A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination. Dentures can be attached to dental implants to provide a more secure fit.
What is the procedure for obtaining dentures?
The process of obtaining dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Molds or impressions are taken, along with precise measurements to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to obtain the proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, the dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.