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Full denture

If you have lost most or all of your teeth, or your gums are compromising your remaining teeth, you are a candidate for either full or partial dentures.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. We will determine which of the two types of dentures described below is best for you. The Procedure:
A denture replaces missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Unlike dental implants, a denture is removable. Made of resin and porcelain, complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth. When some healthy teeth remain, a partial denture can be used. A partial denture also keeps the remaining healthy teeth from shifting positions in the mouth.
Once the initial diagnosis is made and the decision to proceed with dentures is made, we will make any necessary extractions of compromised teeth. Once the gums are healed and healthy, the dentist can proceed. First, an impression of the mouth is taken and a wax -up is made to determine the most optimal position of the jaw as well as the dimensions (size, shape, length, width) of the teeth.
The wax up is sent to a dental laboratory to construct a "try-in;" an initial set of dentures. The "try-in" is placed in the mouth to assure comfort, fit, bite position and appearance. Once the "try-in" is approved, the lab creates the final dentures. The dentist will place the final dentures and make any necessary adjustments.
Neuromuscular dentures, also known as precision fit dentures, are preferred by patients because of their exceptional comfort and natural appearance. Trips to the dental office for adjustments are nearly eliminated, and no longer will you keep your dentures in your pocket except for eating; truly a cosmetic improvement!
There are no known complications for the creation of dentures. Advantages:
Dentures definitely provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They're made of very durable materials and last very long when properly taken care of. Typically dentures last from five to ten years. They also correct several problems, from speech to chewing, for many patients.
How Long do Dentures Last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

Here are tips for caring for your dentures: