A denture is an appliance that 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, is usually flesh colored, and covers the 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 of both.

In many cases dentures can be fabricated to attach to dental implants in order to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance and provide significantly improved retention.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to maintain jaw alignment.