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How are full dentures held in place?

I will get full dentures. How are full dentures held in place?

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Complete dentures rely on the thin layer of saliva between the denture, jaw bone, and gums. They used the natural shape of your jaw to hold them in place. Complete dentures don’t have the support of your natural teeth so they may require some practice before they feel natural in your mouth.
A properly fitted denture shouldn’t slip or fall out. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and help you choose the best product to keep your dentures secure in your mouth.
Full dentures are held with suction. Sometimes denture adhesives are used
to improve retention.
Top dentures can have suction from the border of the denture sealing at the edges. As bottom dentures have to allow for the tongue, gravity holds them in.
The denture is supposed to be made custom to each patient's palette. A suction is created between the denture and the patient's gum tissue. For better suction/grip, many patients use over-the-counter products to help keep dentures and partials in. Denture Adhesive comes in various forms and is at most drug stores and local convenience stores. It is applied to the denture or partially in small amounts before being placed in the patient's mouth.
For a top denture to fit properly, accurate impressions and a good lab are essential. Even more important is sufficient and good quality bone or alveolar ridge. If all these factors are there a top denture should stay in with suction. A bottom denture is a bit more problematic; you need sufficient bone, however the tongue is a problem and can lift the denture especially since there is inadequate suction. Implants are the best option for an edentulous patient. Some have satisfactory results using denture adhesives or temporary soft liners.