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, they bring back:
- Mastication and chewing ability
- Aesthetics and appearance
- Confidence – a healthy and beautiful-looking smile
- Phonetics (speech)
An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth
are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
Over a normal course of time, dentures will wear and need to be replaced
or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will
slowly change as
the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still
important for the denture wearer so the oral tissues can be checked for
disease or change.
Upper and lower dentures can be attached to dental implants to allow for
a more secure fit of the appliance. Also dental implant would help maintain
the gum and the bone under the denture and around the implants.