Dentures are artificial teeth to replace lost or removed natural teeth. They can be either full or partial to replace either all teeth on the upper or lower arch or only a few that are missing. If you are considering getting dentures, you may have some questions about what they are made of and the best denture making materials.
These details about denture making materials can help you get your suitable denture type.
Dentures are made of different materials, including composite resin, metal, porcelain, and acrylic. A metal denture has a metal base, typically made from an alloy containing cobalt and chrome. However, porcelain and acrylic are mostly used by dentists to make custom dentures. Selecting the best material for your denture teeth is essential, as it impacts their comfort, durability, and wearability. You can discuss with your dentist to find out which material might best suit your needs.
Flexible partial dentures are made of clear, flexible plastic and come with a flexible clasp, for a perfect fit to your mouth. That is why Smiles on Hickman offers flexible partial dentures in West Des Moines for our patients to ensure that they are comfortable, relaxed, and happy with their replacement teeth.
Here are the differences between plastic and porcelain dentures:
Porcelain dentures often produce clicking sounds when the denture wearer bites down. However, plastic dentures are quiet and lighter, making it easy for the wearers to speak and keep them in place.
Porcelain dentures are easy to clean, but they are prone to crack or fracture. Plastic dentures do not crack or chip, but they contain microscopic pits that can hide bacteria. However, soaking them overnight in the denture solution cleans the bacteria.
Generally, chewing pressure is transferred to the bone tissue under your gums. Porcelain is a heavy material, puts more pressure on the gums, thus accelerating bone loss. Plastic is lighter, putting less strain on the gums and the bone loss occurs at a slower rate than porcelain dentures.
Despite the tooth material type, the denture base is usually made of acrylic. Acrylic does not chemically bond with porcelain but easily bonds with plastic, providing more strength to the teeth.
Porcelain dentures are prone to chips and cracks, whereas plastic dentures can resist chipping and cracking.
Both denture types come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and transparency. You can choose either one depending on your preferences and budget.
As both materials have advantages and disadvantages, visit your dentist to decide the best denture material for your tooth. Remember that getting dentures at a young age might mean a different set of concerns with your denture materials.
Please schedule an appointment with our dentist in West Des Moines to learn more about getting dentures.