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Choosing Your Dentures

choosing Dentures and denture cost

Approaching the loss of a tooth or teeth can be a complicated process. But rest assured that, thanks to modern dentistry, a well-made set of dentures can function and look like your natural teeth. In fact, on a functional level, you'll likely notice an improvement; dentures can better your speech and chewing.


There are a number of materials your dentist or a dental lab may use to construct your denture. The most prevalently used are acrylic plastic and porcelain. There are several factors for you and your dentist to consider when coming to a conclusion about your specific denture.

 Cost
We have all had our wallets pinched at some point by dental work. But while seeking out the best value around, note that there is very little price difference between acrylic and porcelain dentures. There are certainly other, more crucial points of study when researching these materials.


The Look
Again, dental technology has advanced by leaps and bounds - and that extends to the aesthetic aspect as well. Acrylic dentures can be built with a healthy, natural look that mirrors those of your original teeth. That said, many feel the standard for dental aesthetics is porcelain. With either material, however, you can be assured of a great, natural look.

Wear and Tear
Generally speaking, porcelain dentures will provide more resistance from wear. Their harder surfaces will probably need fewer replacements. However, porcelain is also a bit more breakable than acrylic and may be more prone to chipping and cracking, offsetting that advantage. Porcelain dentures typically require specific cleaning measures, such as soft, shock-absorbing cloth underneath to avoid abrasion and breakage. Also, using porcelain for partial dentures can be problematic; the hard material can rub with your natural teeth and wear away the porcelain.

Conversely, acrylic teeth do not break or scratch as easily as porcelain ones. That specific advantage could make the difference in your evaluation, especially if overall cost is a factor for you.

Comfort
Obviously, you want your dentures to feel comfortable in your mouth. Since porcelain is generally more wear-resistant, you can probably expect less change to your bite than with acrylic. That said, porcelain dentures transmit more bite force to the jaw, requiring more fittings and adjustments by your dentist. The lesser force transference from acrylic teeth might make the difference here. For patients who have experienced some level of bone loss, acrylic may be more beneficial. Also, acrylic teeth tend to generate more clicking when speaking or eating, a fairly common complaint of porcelain.

In all, there are several factors at play in choosing a denture type. Your dentist and his or her lab probably know best, of course, so heed their input closely in making your decision.


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