Chrome dentures are a type of partial denture that has a metal cobalt base (which sits on your gums) and a plastic acrylic that attaches the denture teeth. This type of denture is fitted around your remaining teeth to give you your complete smile again. Tooth clasps can be utilised to stabilise the denture.
Why Have a Chrome Partial Denture?
The base framework of a chrome denture is much more thinner than an acrylic partial denture. This tends to make the denture more comfortable and also more secure than their acrylic counterparts. The benefits of a chrome denture is further noticed when you have several of your natural teeth remaining, which will help to anchor in your new denture through precision clasps.
Oral hygiene is very important when it comes to getting replacement teeth. Because a chrome denture is smaller in design, it is easier to maintain a good oral hygiene compared to an acrylic denture.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Chrome Denture?
Like most denture treatments it will take around 4-5 visits appointments to get your new dentures made. We take impressions of your mouth which are sent to the dental laboratory. We will record your bite and check the framework of the denture for a comfortable fit. It is still to be expected after the initial fit you may still require an adjustment to your new denture to get them to the ideal fit for your mouth.
What Other Options Are Available?
Depending on how many teeth you have missing, then the most suitable treatment may vary:
- Acrylic dentures (few/many missing teeth)
- Dental bridges (few missing teeth)
- Dental implants (few/many missing teeth) - available at our sister practice
How Long Will My New Dentures Last?
This will vary from patient to patient, but to put a time on your dentures we would generally advise between every 5-10 years they may need replacing. This doesn't include accidental damage which can lead to cracks or the dentures being broken (dentures can be repaired depending on the type of break). Overtime it is important to understand the bodies natural response to missing teeth is for the gums and bone to shrink away (known as bone resorption). If your denture feels like it is not fitting as well as it once was, you may need what is known as a denture reline. This is when we reline the base to get it fitting to your mouth again (taking the changes into account).
What Are The Pros and Cons of a Metal Denture?
|More comfort and security than an acrylic denture||Harder to add additional teeth at a later date|
|Sturdier and more fracture resistant than an acrylic denture|
|Easier to maintain good oral hygiene|
Am I a Suitable Candidate To Have a Chrome Denture?
Depending on your own personal circumstances will determine which treatments are the most suitable for you. We recommend booking a dental assessment with one of our dental professionals so we can assess your teeth and gums and discuss your options. Please do not hesitate to call us today.