A denture is an oral prosthetic device designed to replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable and may be full (replacing all teeth in the upper or lower jaw) or partial (used when some natural teeth remain in either jaw). These are further divided into maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) categories. Dentures are shaped to mimic your natural teeth and bite as closely as possible and are traditionally held in place both by the suction created by the denture’s shape and the anatomy of your bone and tissue. Partial dentures are often built on a metal framework hooked onto existing teeth to keep the partial in position.
Creating and fitting a conventional denture is multiple appointment procedures. A conventional denture can be placed approximately eight to twelve weeks after the teeth being replaced have been extracted, to allow the site time to heal.
There are dentures that can be placed more immediately, but they will require more adjustment as the mouth heals and changes shape following any necessary extractions. With dentures Chicago patients can typically expect the following process:
Dentures have been around since at least 700 B.C. when the Etruscans in northern Italy were making dentures out of human and other animal teeth.
Though not very durable, these were easy to produce and remained popular into the 19th century. Wood, gold, ivory and various other materials were commonly found in dentures through these centuries as well, as in George Washington’s infamous false teeth. The first porcelain dentures were crafted in the late 18th century, and the 20th century saw the first use of acrylic resins and other plastics, which remain the popular material today.
Dental implants are an effective alternative to dentures. Implants are durable, safe, and a beautiful way of replacing missing teeth.
At our practice in Chicago dentures are just one of the many options we offer for restoring smiles. To learn more about the potential for enhanced stability and comfort with dental implants, and to determine if you might be a good candidate, please visit our dental implant page.
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