What are conventional dentures?

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Conventional dentures are a full removable denture. It is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. This may take several months. 

The term conventional denture does not necessarily refer to a specific type of denture. That being said, a complete denture without retention other than what is achieved by adaptation to the upper or lower ridge (jaw) is often considered a conventional complete denture. This type of denture can also be placed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth, and it would then be considered a conventional immediate denture.

A removable partial denture with or without clasp retention, and fabricated with just acrylic or acrylic with chrome cobalt metal framework may also be considered a conventional prosthesis or denture.

Complete and partial dentures can also involve implants, special attachments and special framework designs that would certainly categorize them as other than conventional.
When people think of conventional dentures, it is usual full dentures. Full dentures are when a person has no remaining teeth in their mouth.

A main issue people have with conventional dentures is that the lower denture is not retentive. This is due to a lack of adequate bone support that would have been better able to support a lower denture.

However, there are options available with conventional (Full) dentures. With just two lower dental implants, there is a major benefit in retention of the denture. This will allow you to better chew your food and eat more nutritious foods that you may be avoiding with conventional dentures.
Conventional dentures are one of two types of complete denture. All complete dentures cover the entire jaw -- either upper or lower -- and are used for people who are missing all of their teeth. Conventional dentures are different from other complete dentures because they are not inserted until after any remaining natural teeth are removed and gums are completely healed, which usually takes about four weeks. Usually, conventional dentures are custom made for each person's mouth in a process that takes several months. Your dentist will surgically remove any remaining teeth, ask you about how you'd like the dentures to look, take an impression of your mouth, and have several trial fittings once the conventional denture is actually made.

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