A complete denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth to replace all natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. The denture will also provide 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 is 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 thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over teeth treated with root canals or can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time 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 the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

Partial dentures are removable appliances that are made to replace multiple missing teeth. Traditional partials are made of a combination of metal and acrylic and rely on remaining teeth and gums for support. Valplast partials are made of a thermoplastic material and are supported solely by the gums. 

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