Cosmetic Denture Materials
Dentures in the past have been made from metals, actual human teeth, or even ivory. These days, dentists use high-quality material to design cosmetic dentures that feel comfortable in your mouth and looks more natural. The parts of the dentures are made with different materials. Dentures have mainly two parts: the teeth and the framework. The framework support the teeth and attached to your mouth.
The teeth in dentures can be made from either porcelain or a resin composite:
Porcelain is a ceramic material usually associated with china. However, the porcelain in dentures is medically approved and is not the same as porcelain in household items. Porcelain is favored among patients because this glass-like material can imitate real teeth quite well. Like real teeth, the porcelain is translucent and reflects light. Porcelain can be color-matched, so that your remaining teeth don’t stand out when you wear dentures. The only downside is that porcelain dentures are fragile, likewise as a result of being glass based. The material is not as fragile as actual glass of course. However, if you accidentally drop porcelain dentures on a hard surface or manage to hit the dentures hard, it might break.
Acrylic isn’t good as porcelain when it comes to imitating natural teeth. However, this material is sturdy. Acrylic binds well to the dental base, so the teeth are less fragile compared to porcelain dentures. Acrylic dentures are also less expensive than porcelain. In the past, this material was mixed in with plastic, which reduced the sturdiness of the dentures. But this isn’t a problem anymore. Acrylic, though, isn’t as durable as porcelain. The teeth wear out easily. Acrylic dentures are typically replaced every five to eight years. That is the material for the teeth in cosmetic dentures. The dentures also come with an artificial plate or a framework. The framework on cosmetic dentures is not made from plastic. You can choose acrylic resin or a flexible nylon polymer to design the framework for dentures. Acrylic frameworks can be tinted or dies to match the natural shade of your gums. Acrylic is commonly used in complete dentures. The polymer is common in partial dentures. While polymer frameworks are sturdy and less fragile, it can be too rigid for full-mouth dentures.