full mouth, complete Dentures
A full mouth denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an oral prosthesis replacing a patients’ full set of natural teeth. The prosthetic teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of both materials.
Patients can elect to wear either conventional dentures (removable) or fixed dentures (anchored):
- A removable denture is kept in place by natural saliva suction and gripped to gum tissue
- A fixed denture is attached to dental implants that are securely anchored to the denture and jawbone (see dental implants)
Many patients elect to wear dentures secured by implants which allows them to maintain a more natural quality of life.
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 dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.