Dentures

Upper and Lower Dentures

A denture, or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Dentures are beneficial in multiple ways:

  • Mastication – Chewing ability is improved by replacing missing teeth with dentures.
  • Aesthetics – Dentures not only restore a natural and attractive appearance to the teeth, but can also correct the collapsed exterior of lips and cheeks that occurs after losing teeth.
  • Confidence -A healthy and beautiful-looking smile will help the patient feel more confident and attractive.
  • Phonetics – By replacing missing teeth, patients will be able to better pronounce certain words that require the use of teeth to speak.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated at different times. 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.