If you have lost your natural teeth or they cannot be saved, dentures can replace your missing teeth and improve your quality of life. A conventional denture is made of plastic and the upper covers the palate (the roof of the mouth). When the base of the upper denture rests against the gums and palate, it makes a seal to hold the denture in place.
The lower denture has a horse shoe shape so there is room for the tongue and muscle attachments. It rests on the bone and gum tissue of the dental ridge. A thin film of saliva and the cheek and tongue muscles help hold it in place.
A complete denture may also be attached to dental implants, which provides a more secure fit. Many patients find that implant- supported dentures are more comfortable and secure than conventional dentures.