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denture,

artificial replacement for natural teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are classified as partial or complete. The former are removable and maintained by clasps, or are fixed bridges with crowns cemented over adjacent teeth or over spikes embedded in the jaw. Complete dentures are replacements for all of the teeth of a jaw and are normally held in place by the suction created by saliva and by the close matching of the denture base to the tissues of the mouth. The first-known mention of dentures is found in the 1728 manuscript of Pierre Fouchard, a French dental surgeon often called the father of modern dentistry. Various substances including wood, ivory, and metal have been used in the construction of dentures, but major advances have resulted from the development of synthetic rubbers and plastics. Today dentures are usually composed of acryllic or porcelain teeth mounted in an acryllic base that is tinted to resemble the gums.

denture

[′den·chər]
(medicine)
A partial or complete prosthetic appliance to replace one or more missing teeth.

denture

1. a partial or full set of artificial teeth
2. Rare a set of natural teeth
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It can be achieved by heat activation ( water bath or microwave-energy), chemical activation and light application.4 According to Saavedra G et al., (2004), water bath polymerization is the most widely used method for denture processing.5 There are various unhealthy effects on the oral mucosa by inadequate oral hygiene resulting in the built up of denture plaque containing Candida.6 The fungus Candida Albicans is commonly associated with the denture stomatitis, common in elderly females as compared to male.7
It seems that these proce dures are time consuming and difficult, but a little extra effort during denture processing can save the dentist and the technician valuable time otherwise spent on denture repairs.