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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.
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denture

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

1. a partial or full set of artificial teeth
2. Rare a set of natural teeth
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The aim of the present study was to assess the frequency of xerostomia and denture instability in edentulous patients wearing complete dentures and to establish the association of xerostomia with denture stability in the local population.
High muscle attachments serve to reduce the available denture bearing area and would undermine the denture stability. So it is virtually impossible for a lower denture to be retained solely by a prosthetic approach.
Residual ridge resorption, lower denture stability and subjective complaints among edentulous individuals.
They may influence denture stability and masticatory performance.