Having a set of dentures is a great way to improve your appearance and eating habits. However, you may have some questions about how these "false teeth" are made and what materials they contain. Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO create new and beautiful smiles using state-of-the-art technology.
Materials used to make artificial teeth
The tooth portion of dentures are usually made of acrylic resins, a high-quality and durable plastic material that also looks highly realistic. Restorations that are made using acrylic resins typically last five to ten years. Porcelain, a ceramic compound, is often used for the visible upper front teeth because of its similarity in color and translucency to natural teeth.
Materials used to make the denture plate
The porcelain and resin teeth are installed into the denture plate, the base that is affixed to the gum ridges either through a combination of suction and adhesive paste or dental implant fixtures. The plate sometimes contains a metal structure that gives it its shape with a plastic covering that has been carefully crafted using your Fenton dentist's measurements to fit each patient's mouth precisely. These plastics are extremely lightweight and durable, providing each patient at Kemlage Family Dentistry with a comfortable and strong restoration.
If your dentures are the removable kind, they will be ready to wear at this point. If your denture will be fixed by implants, they may require extra preparation if the fixtures have not yet integrated in your jawbone. This typically takes about three to six months. The plate will then be attached to anchors on the dental implants.
If you have further questions about how your new dentures will look or feel, contact your Fenton dentist's office. The friendly and professional staff is happy to address any concerns you may still have.