Definition : Removable dental prostheses designed for replacement of some or all the teeth in either the upper (i.e., maxilla) or lower (i.e., mandible) jaw. These devices typically consist of a custom-made or preformed prosthesis that includes artificial porcelain or resin teeth (also known as pontics) attached to a metallic (e.g., titanium) or polymeric (e.g., acrylic) base that fits on the alveolar ridge. Dedicated dentures intended to replace all the natural teeth in one arch (i.e., complete dentures) or to replace only one or more but not all teeth (i.e., partial dentures) are available.
Entry Terms : "Dental Prostheses, Removable Denture" , "Dentures, Removable"
UMDC code : 23625