What Are Dentures Made Of?


Dentures are a great option for those who suffer tooth loss. They are made with a variety of materials, but the most common are resin and porcelain. Before these sophisticated materials were used for dentures, primitive versions were made with animal teeth and pieces of bone. Not only are modern materials much more aesthetically pleasing, they are much more comfortable and functional.

Resin and porcelain are used to make dentures because they have the right amount of strength and durability. They must be strong enough to stand up to the wear and tear of eating, but they must also must be flexible enough to be trimmed and shaped by your dentist. They also need to look natural and normal.

Porcelain is known for being the best option when it comes to aesthetics. Porcelain has a translucent quality that makes the dentures appear extremely natural looking because of they way it reflect light. One of the only drawbacks about porcelain is that it tends to crack more easily than resin. So if you go the porcelain route, be sure to read up on foods that could potentially damage your dentures. Because porcelain is glasslike, one of the common ways it gets chipped is being dropped in the sink. Laying a towel down in the sink when you take out your dentures at night can prevent this.

Resin is the best option when it comes to adhesion. It tends to attach more securely to the denture base than porcelain.

In addition to the resin and porcelain that are used to create the visible part of your dentures, there is also a mounting frame that is typically made of metal alloys, rigid acrylic resin or a type of nylon. Plastic is great option because it is lightweight and works for those with metal allergies or irritations.

No matter what material is being used, the dentist will take an impression of your gums to create a mold. Then he will construct the denture by adding each individual prosthetic tooth. After this is done, your dentist will have you try it on and adjust its fit and color if necessary for the final version.

It’s important to listen closely to your dentist’s instructions about what to expect with new dentures and basic care guidelines. Things like taking your dentures out each night and cleaning them regularly will keep sores, infections and swelling at bay. Soaking them overnight and using adhesive properly are other crucial practices. Following this advice will make your expensive dentures last longer and retain their quality. Plus, getting new dentures isn’t a quick and easy process.

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