What are Dentures made of?

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WHAT DENTURES ARE MADE OF

Ever wondered what dentures are made of? Here’s a guide.

 

The base 
Denture bases are mostly made of a tough acrylic and coloured in a shade that matches your natural gums.

The frames 
Denture frames (and metal clasps on partial dentures) tend to use cobalt chrome, an incredibly strong metal that helps support denture structure and can withstand the pressure from chewing. Other materials used in denture frames can include nickel chrome, stainless steel and gold.

The teeth 
Denture teeth come in two types: porcelain or acrylic.

Porcelain
Porcelain is the material that most closely mimics the look and feel of tooth enamel, making it perfect for replacement teeth. Porcelain teeth are tough and tend to be more durable than acrylic, but they may be prone to chipping.

Acrylic
Acrylic teeth also appear natural next to your own teeth and are a lot less brittle than porcelain teeth. Denture acrylics are softer than natural teeth, so they may deteriorate faster. That’s why it’s important to maintain a good cleaning routine to keep them in tip-top condition.