Acrylic Denture – Definitive Guide
1. What are acrylic dentures?
Acrylic dentures are made of a plastic material. It’s an easily moldable material, which makes it a good candidate for dentures, as they take time to change. Acrylic is commonly used for partial and complete dentures.
Plastic dentures are cheap. It closely matches your natural gums and provides great tooth color aesthetics. Acrylic is also an easy material for your dentist to make adjustments for a quick and efficient visit. Acrylic dentures are now more comfortable with the advent of new materials such as thermoplastic nylon resin or Valpst.
2. How are acrylic resin dentures made?
Usually at the first visit, a dentist will examine a patient’s teeth. Depending on the type of denture, an impression is taken before or after extraction. If dentures are to be used immediately, an impression is made before extraction. Typically, an impression is left after a tooth is extracted.
Dentures are made in a laboratory. Each acrylic denture is custom-made according to the patient’s requirements, making it more comfortable to wear. After the first use, some adjustments are required in the initial casting. Adjustments and modifications to acrylic dentures are easy. They can be attached to existing teeth with metal clasps or with gums when no teeth are present.
3. Types of acrylic dentures
Acrylic dentures are dentures that restore teeth and gums. Some people call it dentures or dental plates. There are many options for dentures. Generally, when a person refers to wearing dentures, they are referring to a complete denture. In addition to traditional full dentures, there are other types of dentures. Other forms include straight dentures, overlay dentures, fixed dentures, and partial dentures.
1) Complete dentures
For full jaw missing teeth, traditional full dentures are usually made of acrylic resin. Full acrylic dentures are custom made for your mouth after all your teeth have been extracted and the tissue has healed. They cover the entire upper or lower jaw in an arch. They can be removable or attached to your jaw with dental implants.
2) Partial dentures
Partial acrylic dentures are an alternative when a person still has some natural teeth. If all teeth are missing, full dentures are the ideal treatment. In some cases, partial dentures are a good option while the teeth are still there. Partial dentures have a distinct advantage over traditional full dentures in that they attach to the remaining teeth to increase retention.
3) Immediate dentures
Many people benefit from having a set of straight dentures made. When a person is missing a tooth or a tooth needs to be extracted, installing acrylic dentures right away can solve the problem immediately. Immediate dentures allow you to go to appointments with the perfect smile. Once the damaged tooth is removed, the denture is fixed. You can start adjusting to your new smile right away.
There are several different reasons for a tooth extraction. Maybe you’ve been injured, suffer from periodontal disease, or want to enhance the beauty of your smile. Replacing gaps with instant dentures is a great option for you when a tooth or tooth needs to be extracted. This prosthesis can also enhance your smile if you are missing teeth.
Dentures are called dentures because they are a type of denture that covers something. The most common thing is dental implants, but teeth can also be preserved. When smiling, overdentures look very similar to traditional full dentures.
5) Fixed dentures
Acrylic fixed dentures are a hybrid of dentures and implant bridges. This is why they are often called biracial. Fixed dentures are also called All-on-4 implants because they are screwed into four implants, which are placed in the jawbone. Fixed dentures are used to replace missing soft and hard tissue or teeth and gums. This replacement looks similar to a denture, but has multiple implants attached. Unlike implant-retained overdentures, fixed dentures are retained and supported by implants. This means that fixed dentures don’t stay too much on the oral tissue and jaw, but on the implants.
4. Function of acrylic dentures
- Partial acrylic dentures are designed to be detachable and can be detached and worn by the user.
- Acrylic dentures are easy to clean and easy to maintain cleanliness and oral hygiene.
- The production method of the acrylic denture is simple, the cost is low, and the consumption level is general.
- There is much less abrasion of the tooth tissue than with a fixed bridge.
- Acrylic dentures are easy to repair and replace once they are broken or natural teeth are missing one after another.
5. Why choose acrylic dentures?
This type of denture is easy to change and is an easy and comfortable fit. Since the material is malleable and they are molded, acrylic dentures do not require much effort to adjust compared to other materials such as metal. Also, acrylic dentures are much less expensive than other dentures. They are most often used as partial dentures.
6. What are acrylic dentures made of?
These dentures are 100% made of acrylic. They do not contain metal base support. Acrylic dentures are a great temporary or permanent solution. Often, when multiple teeth need to be extracted, they are used to replace the lost tooth.
7. Acrylic Denture Fitting Range
Suitable for users with various dentition defects.
8. Advantages of Acrylic Dentures
1) Easy maintenance
Dentures wear and tear just like anything you use every day. If your dentures are cracked or chipped, it can be dangerous to continue wearing them, so you should seek repairs as soon as possible. Our clinical denture technicians can easily repair any cracks or breakages by flowing new acrylic into the cracks.
2) Easy to add more teeth
Due to the high plasticity of the acrylic material, new teeth are attached in a similar way to restored teeth. This makes acrylic dentures especially popular for those who need partial dentures but may lose more teeth in the future. That way, every time you lose a tooth, you don’t have to get a new set of dentures.
3) Hasp can be added for extra support
Acrylic dentures do not require a retaining ring to be attached to the mouth, but some patients feel more comfortable and stable with a retaining ring. Since acrylic dentures are so easy to change, a buckle can be added quickly and easily, giving you extra support and making you feel more comfortable and confident when wearing your dentures.
4) Affordable options
Acrylic dentures cost almost half as much as chrome dentures. This makes acrylic dentures a more affordable option, especially for denture wearers who are still missing teeth and may need to adjust their dentures in the future.
5) Good aesthetics
Acrylic dentures look great because of the metal clasp or parts and can be made with different colors of the gums.
Compared to metal frame dentures, acrylic dentures have a shorter treatment time and are completed faster.
9. Disadvantages of Acrylic Dentures
1) They may have a less natural appearance compared to other dentures.
2) Acrylic material is not very durable. Therefore, they may not be as durable as other dentures.
3) They change shape over time so more adjustments are required over time.
4) Their fittings are often loose. Therefore, they are not suitable for the lower jaw – especially if there are no teeth.
10. How long do acrylic dentures last?
Acrylic dentures are often used as temporary dentures or as immediate dentures after tooth extraction. It can last at least 3 to 7 years depending on your usage and care. Your dentures need to be reapplied. If your dentures are loose or deformed, you will need a new set.
11. How to Care for Acrylic Dentures
If you are new to dentures, it will take some getting used to because dentures are removable and not fixed. During the first few weeks, you may need to practice using, eating and speaking with your dentures.
If you have an acrylic full denture without any implant retention, the denture can move and slide when speaking and chewing. You may use dental adhesives and you will usually need to visit your dentist for a periodontal examination to adjust the entire denture, as the bone/gums of the denture can shrink and change over time.
Take care of your acrylic dentures as they require maintenance. Taking care of your new dentures is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Dentures can be easily cleaned with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste (there is also a special denture cleaner). By making sure you clean them regularly, you’ll help protect them from any build-up of plaque. Daily cleaning can also prevent bacteria from growing on their surfaces.
Be careful when cleaning as they are not very durable and could break if dropped from a height. A new set of acrylic dentures will need to be replaced once it is deformed, broken or uncomfortable. Therefore, we recommend that you wash them in a sink full of water.
Most of the time, you don’t sleep with your dentures on. This is because it is recommended not to cover the gums all the time. But it’s important that you put your dentures in a glass of water so they don’t dry out.
12. Which is better? Acrylic dentures or porcelain teeth?
The final denture type will be determined based on your personal factors:
- Number of missing teeth: partial dentures or full dentures.
- Preferred Material Types: Acrylic, Valplast, Metal Frame Dentures.
- The location of the missing space and the expected end result: whether your dentures can be secured with existing teeth or implant posts.
- Aesthetics vs. long-term use: Acrylic dentures are lighter in weight, but metal-framed dentures may be used for long periods of time.
- Number and time of visits: Metal frame dentures and full dentures usually require more visits and longer treatment times due to the many and complex steps involved in making dentures.
- Cost and overall budget: Acrylic dentures are generally more economical than metal dentures.
- If you’re not sure, talk to your dentist to see what’s best for you, and be honest about your main concerns and budget for dentures.