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What are Complete Dentures?

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Posted: Mar 15, 2021

You’ve spent most of your existence biting through life, so why stop now? Complete dentures are here to the rescue, ready to stand in where your natural teeth once did the job (and kudos to your teeth – they really did well). But now that your natural teeth have retired it’s time for the complete denture to take over. So what are full or complete dentures, and how can they make you more confident?  

What Are Complete Dentures?

A complete denture, also known as a full denture, takes up the whole mouth rather than just a part of it. It’s a removable device that can be used to replace missing teeth and is used by someone who has lost all of their teeth. Complete dentures are usually made from acrylic.

Advantages of Wearing Dentures: How Full Dentures Can Make You Confident

So why complete dentures? They don’t just improve the look of your mouth (most dentures are highly realistic, so it looks like you have all your teeth) but dentures can also make you feel more confident. Not just because you look good, but dentures can help you eat and speak the way you did with your natural teeth, so you can get on with life just like before.

Parts of Complete Dentures

There are two parts of a complete denture:  

  • Artificial teeth. These function like regular teeth, and help you chew and bite food as you did before tooth extraction. They also restore the appearance of natural teeth. 

  • Denture base. This part of the denture acts as a foundation for artificial teeth and also restores the defective soft and hard tissues. 

Infographic showing Parts of complete dentures: Denture base: this part of the denture acts as a foundation for artificial teeth. Artificial teeth: these function like regular teeth, and help you chew and bite food.

However, since your mouth is slightly different on the upper and lower parts of your jaw, your denture will also be somewhat different.  

  • Full upper denture. This part of the denture is called the maxillary arch and features a plate covering the roof of the mouth. 

  • Full lower denture. This section is the mandibular arch and is a horse-shoe shaped denture that rests on the gum and bone tissues.

Complete dentures are great, they make your life so much easier and more enjoyable, from smiling with confidence to biting into your favorite foods. However, since complete dentures are removable, you might need something to keep them in place. That’s where Fixodent can help: our denture adhesives keep your full dentures in place so you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out of place while you’re out at dinner.

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