Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clipping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over teeth and a complete denture 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 due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the health of the oral tissues can be checked.
Whether it is a fixed bridge or a full/partial denture you're either looking into or replacing, also take the time to consider the benefits of having a permanent solution with dental implants.