A dental appliance that is used to replace your natural by inserting it into the mouth is more commonly referred to as a denture. Dentures are available in full or partials depending on the needs of the patient and provide cheek and lip support. Most dentures are manufactured from an acrylic material and are fabricated in one of the 2 following ways:
- Conventional dentures – these are made once the gums and tissues have healed after every tooth has been extracted.
- Immediate dentures – after the extraction procedure is completed, the denture is fabricated and inserted immediately thereby allowing the gums and tissues to heal beneath it.
Lower dentures are made using a flesh-colored acrylic material and are horseshoe shaped in order to leave space for your tongue. Conversely, upper dentures are made using the same acrylic material. However, the entire roof of the mouth (a.k.a. the palate) is covered by the material used in its fabrication.
Teeth are normally fabricated from a plastic or porcelain material and can also be made to fit over teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment. Dentures can also be secured and supported by dental implants to create normal jaw alignment. Be aware that over time, they will need to be relined or replaced due to normal wear and tear. As your jawbone recedes over time when you have had your teeth extracted, a reline may be necessary. It is very important that you continue to visit the dentist twice a year to check for any changes and disease.