A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides 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 has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (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 endodontically treated 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 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.

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Dr. Krull assisted me with my denture - which was found to be cracked during my hygiene appointment when I expressed concern that my jaw was clicking and even popping out of place and 2 teeth appeared to be missing a portion that developed lately. After discussing the issue and what could be causing it- perhaps my fall earlier when I landed on my mouth - but did not realize I damaged my denture upon inspection) and it was my cracked denture shoving my jaw back and forth. The staff (more importantly Tom in the Lab) were able to repair and replace 2 teeth within a couple of hours. I am very please with the care and attention I was given.

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