The internet is a wealth of information for all things health-related and otherwise. An internet search of the word “dentures” reveals there are different types of dentures available. Some of those include “plastic dentures”, “porcelain dentures”, and “metal dentures”.
What are these different types of dentures, and what do the terms really mean when it comes to selecting dentures for yourself or someone else? In this article, we’ll discuss the different lay terminology that one might encounter. Then, we’ll break it down into something practical should you need tooth replacement options.
What Are Plastic Dentures?
Dentures are created to fit your tooth replacement needs, meaning that there are many options to choose from. Read on to learn more about plastic dentures and why they may be the right choice.
Plastic Dentures Defined
Most plastic dentures are actually made from acrylic resin or an advanced polymer derivative of acrylic. When you think of plastic dentures, the image of the plastic used in flexible storage food containers may come to mind.
Acrylic is actually much more durable and rigid than that type of plastic. Pink acrylic is used for the base of plastic dentures. It is injection-molded or milled with computer technology to conform to your gums for a precise fit. Also, modern tooth-colored acrylics with multi-shaded layers allow natural-looking denture teeth. They also can be formed and manufactured in various sizes, shapes, and colorations.
Plastic dentures are the go-to solution for replacing missing teeth in a variety of clinical situations, including complete dentures, implant overdentures, and partial dentures. They are functional, improve your appearance, and are a practical and cost-effective means to deal with missing teeth.
Within the broad category of plastic dentures, there are a variety of different acrylic variations that can be used. Higher quality acrylic materials offer a more natural appearance, greater durability, and improved comfort. European Denture Center is proud to offer a range of denture styles and choices designed to address any cosmetic concern or fit any budget.
Plastic Dentures vs. Porcelain Dentures
Both plastic and porcelain dentures use the same acrylic (plastic) as the pink base material to support the denture teeth. The real difference between plastic dentures vs. porcelain dentures is in the material that the actual teeth are made from. Many years ago, dentures made with porcelain teeth offered a more life-like, natural appearance when compared to their plastic counterparts. Quite frankly, plastic teeth looked cheap.
But that has changed with advanced material technology that has allowed the production of multi-layered, opalescent synthetic teeth. These plastic teeth look so life-like that their appearance and quality have actually surpassed porcelain. Now, dentures made with porcelain teeth have definite disadvantages that outweigh plastic teeth. In addition to porcelain teeth being easily chipped or broken, porcelain is an extremely hard material that wears away denture-supporting bone over time. Currently, there is no real advantage of choosing porcelain for complete dentures.
Plastic Dentures vs. Metal Dentures
When you don’t have any remaining natural teeth, plastic dentures are generally your best option. If you have some of your remaining teeth, plastic partial dentures, with or without metal clasps, may be used to restore your smile. But, a metal partial denture is definitely worth considering. Metal partial dentures have a number of advantages compared to all-plastic partial dentures.
A metal partial has improved stability. Metal clasps fabricated into the framework clip to the remaining natural teeth, preventing movement while eating. Metal framework partials also offer support that prevents the partial from sinking further into your gums when you bite down, allowing you to chew more effectively and with confidence.
Because metal is a stronger material than plastic, the metal can be thinner and less bulky. A metal partial also can be designed with an open palate for improved temperature and taste perception. One drawback to metal dentures vs. plastic dentures is the metal can show when smiling and talking. Some patients find this quality objectionable and elect to put up with the less-precise fit of a plastic partial denture to avoid visible metal entirely.
How Much Do Plastic Dentures Cost?
Most dental offices offer one or more denture styles. The more you invest, the better the quality and the better the appearance. And, yes, this is an investment in your appearance and comfort over the course of the next 5 to 10 years.
In 2021, individual plastic denture costs range on average from $600 for basic dentures to $2,000 for the best quality denture, depending on your location. Because the manufacture of partial dentures is more complex, they generally cost more than full dentures. Metal partials generally are more expensive than plastic partial dentures.
Options, Options, Options
European Denture Center offers four different complete denture options, ranging from $695 to $1985 per arch in 2021. Each denture style has its own unique advantages, distinctive characteristics, and warranties to suit any individual. Our caring staff will guide you toward the best solution based on your unique needs and wants. When it comes to your appearance and comfort, European Denture Center excels!
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