Dentures

Dentures are not exactly the most pleasant form of tooth replacement, but in certain cases, the wearer may not have better options. Implants and bridges are only suitable for people who can take care of their teeth well, maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Affordability, medical conditions and various soft and hard tissue conditions can also be an issue for some.

Nevertheless, dentures are sometimes able to produce very good results for suitable candidates. There are several different kinds of materials from which we can fabricate dentures. Traditionally, they were made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic teeth and chrome base. Nowadays, there are other options like nylon or flexible dentures.

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Apart from full dentures (no teeth left, see above), acrylic dentures are best treated as temporary dentures. For more comfort and better chewing power, chrome dentures are superior. That’s because chrome dentures can be made thinner and they often fit better. The picture below shows a chrome denture base before the teeth are added.

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Below is a chrome denture ready for try in. Notice how little coverage there is. An acrylic denture would need to cover a much greater part of the mouth.

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Nylon is a relatively new material for making dentures. It looks like acrylic but instead of being rigid like acrylic, it is flexible. Flexibility means that the “wires” or “hooks” used in conventional dentures can now be made in pink nylon.

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However, being flexible also has its disadvantages. The chewing power of flexible dentures is often not there. We recommend flexible dentures for very short spans or 2 or 3 teeth on one side of the jaw. This is known as the flexible side plate.

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a flexible side plate on the cast
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These are some of the benefits and limitations of the different types of dentures. Do discuss with us before making your decision. Dentures can be extremely challenging and ideal results are often not achievable. To help overcome some of these issues, there are special dentures which can be made.