Dentures are an ideal solution for a range of dental issues. Everything, from overbite to tooth loss can be improved with dentures. They can help to maintain your facial structure and solve problems that you may have with speech, chewing or tooth loss as a result of dental problems. In days gone by, dentures were clumsy, difficult to wear and had a habit of slipping out. However, today, it’s a very different story.
What are dentures made of?
Early dentures used materials such as animal bone, lead, human teeth, cow teeth and elephant ivory to create dentures but today we have many more advanced options.
- The plate. The plate is the part of the dentures that holds everything together. The plate may be full or partial, depending on the patient’s needs, and is designed to fit snugly into the mouth. A plate today can be made of rigid acrylic resin, a type of flexible (nylon) polymer or molded chrome cobalt metal. Cost and availability all have an influence over the type of plate you choose. There are various pros and cons for all – a metal plate, for example, is highly unlikely to break, while the acrylic resin is better suited to anyone who needs an artificial gum line in the denture structure.
- The teeth. The second element to dentures is the teeth themselves. These are affixed to the plate and then take the place of natural teeth that are missing. Denture teeth can be made from a range of different types of resin or porcelain. Porcelain looks and feels very much like natural teeth and is very easy to colour match but can be quickly worn down and may also be more prone to breaking. Resin teeth are much easier to work with and tend to be more durable but may not have quite the same colour match.
Getting the right dentures for you
New dentures are a great move if you are struggling with old, tired dentures or you have suffered tooth loss and you want to get your confidence back again. The right kind of dentures will depend on what your issue is, as well as the choices you want to make when it comes to the look and feel of the dentures. The first step is to make an appointment with your dentist to discuss the options for dentures and how a new set could help you.