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Elderly woman with gorgeous smile with well fitting dentures on a boat with her husband

A full or partial denture is a removable oral appliance that replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic or combination of acrylic and metal 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 while still maintaining facial structure and function.

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. 

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lipari or Dr. Mangiameli to discuss what course of treatment is right for you. 

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