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23 Nov

What Are False Teeth Made Of?

Long gone are the days of replacing teeth with pieces of animal teeth or wood. Today, false teeth or dentures are made from long-lasting materials designed to safely and effectively replace lost teeth and restore your natural, sparkling smile. This article looks at the materials used in making dentures as well as the proper care.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. That you can take or put it back on mouth. According to theU.S. National Library of Medicine, there are two types of dentures: complete (or full) and partial. Complete dentures fit comfortably over your entire upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace a single tooth or a few teeth.

False Teeth’s Made Of

While there are a few false teeth materials, they’re typically made from plastic, specifically acrylic resin. You may also have the option of getting porcelain dentures, which last longer; however, acrylic dentures are stronger. That’s because acrylic adheres more securely to the denture base and is easier to adjust. Acrylic resin is also significantly less expensive than porcelain and much lighter in weight.

The disadvantage of teeth made from acrylic resin is that they wear faster than porcelain teeth, which causes changes in the way the teeth make contact with one another. As a result, you may need to replace dentures made from acrylic resin teeth every five to eight years.

The Framework of Dentures

Dentures require a framework to support them, which is usually called a full or partial plate. Removable partial false teeth generally involve attaching the replacement teeth to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. They may also have a framework that attaches and connects to your teeth made of metal or a more natural-looking material.

As far as making the dentures, it depends on what type of denture you’re receiving. There are three types, all involving different processes for the patient:

Conventional: This is a type of fully-removable denture that takes several months to settle into your mouth, as your oral care professional must remove your remaining teeth and allow your tissue to heal before placing them.

Immediate: This is a type of removable denture your oral care professional can place in your mouth on the same day your remaining teeth are removed. Compared to conventional dentures, this is a quick process.

Overdenture. Overdentures are a type of denture that fits over a small number of your existing natural teeth. Because your natural teeth are part of your jawbone, they provide stability and support for the denture.

So, the material depends on the type of denture your needs, preferences, and budget. That’s why it helps to know more about dentures in general, as well as the different types and materials. That way, you can make an informed choice and pick a denture option that restores your smile’s beautiful and natural radiance.

This is an abridged version of the article published at Colgate