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What are Dentures Made of?
If you see a set of dentures in your future, then you are probably finding out all you can about them. You want to know what they will feel like, how to adjust to life with dentures and how to take care of them. Most importantly, you want to know what kinds of materials dentures are made of. This is an important question to ask about something that will be hanging out in your mouth for hours on end
Let us start with the basics and go from there.
Dentures in a nutshell
Full dentures replace a full set of teeth while partial dentures are used by people who are only missing some of their teeth. Partial dentures are often held in place by the remaining natural teeth.
There are three main parts to a set of dentures. The first is the false teeth and the second is the false gums that act as a base for the teeth. The third component of a set of dentures is the framework that helps to keep the dentures in the mouth.
Each of these components is made of different materials. This means that to know what dentures are made of, a person must learn about each individual part:
1. The gums
Just like natural teeth, the false teeth on dentures are embedded in the gums. Meaning that the gums in a set of dentures are the base that anchor the false teeth in place. These false gums slot onto a person’s actual gums, so they help the whole setup remain in place.
A good prosthodontist will make sure that the gums match the look and color of the patient’s gums. More often than not, the gums are fabricated with acrylic resin.
2. The teeth
False denture teeth are usually made from two popular materials.
One of them is porcelain, which has been in use for a long time now. False teeth made of porcelain have some useful advantages:
- They look translucent, just like natural teeth, which gives them a more realistic look
- They also feel like natural teeth
- It is easy for a prosthodontist to customize the color of porcelain teeth
- Porcelain teeth are sturdy and durable compared to teeth made from other materials
That said, partial dentures with porcelain teeth can grind down and damage the remaining natural teeth. The toughness of partial dentures is both a benefit and a drawback. Another downside of porcelain is that it is brittle. Which means that if a person drops their dentures, then they will likely break or crack.
Teeth made from acrylic resin
These days, people prefer dentures with acrylic teeth for many reasons. For starters, the acrylic resin teeth bond better with the gums of dentures, because these bases are also made of acrylic resin. Acrylic teeth are also less likely to break after a fall. They are lighter and cheaper than false teeth made of porcelain.
Sadly, acrylic teeth do not last as long as those made of porcelain. This means a person will need to change this type of dentures after five years.
3. The framework
This is the part of the dentures that holds everything together. The framework also helps to keep the dentures in position. For full dentures, part of the framework covers the roof of the mouth. In partial dentures, the framework has clasps that grip onto the remaining teeth.
The framework or plate can be made of:
- A flexible polymer made of nylon
- Acrylic resin
- Metals such as chrome and cobalt
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A full set of teeth can make a big difference in your daily life. If you need a new set of dentures or you need to repair your current ones, then call or visit our practice. We will get you fitted with a perfect set of teeth.
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