A denture is a removable prosthesis made to replace missing teeth. Generally dentures are made out of acrylic resin and can be combined with various metals. Dentures improve chewing ability and speech, and provide support for facial muscles.
The denture fabrication process takes approximately one month and roughly five appointments. After the initial diagnosis is made, impressions are made to determine proper jaw position. An appointment to "try-in" your new denture will be scheduled to assure proper colour, shape and fit. The final denture is then placed and any subsequent visits for needed adjustments are made.
There are three basic types of dentures; full dentures, partial dentures, and over dentures. Full dentures replace all the teeth and can be worn on the upper or lower jaw or both. Partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting and changing position. An Over denture is a type of denture that is designed to go over your teeth. It is attached by specialised dental attachments that are secured in the roots or implants.