Metal & Acrylic Dentures
Dentures come in different shapes and sizes and are made from a selection of suitable and hardwearing materials designed to offer comfort and durability. These materials have been tried and tested over many years and provide solutions that can be tailored to all lifestyles, needs and budgets.
A denture has many roles to play depending on the tooth or teeth being replaced. From helping to improve speech and strengthening the muscles within the mouth to biting and chewing. For this reason, a handcrafted, bespoke denture solution will always offer the best results, last longer and be more comfortable to wear.
At Revitalise our on-site technical team are able to manufacture a broad selection of denture types in our state-of-the-art laboratory. Each denture will be designed and made to order and will offer a perfect fit and recreate a beautiful smile.
In the majority of cases a denture will be created in either acrylic or a light delicate metal. Each of these materials has its own benefits and can offer results that are suitable for the various requirements of different patients. As part of our initial consultation session, each of the available options will be discussed with you, the merits of each type of denture explored and the timescale of treatment outlined so that you can make the best choices for your care.
Acrylic dentures are a cost-effective option and as well as providing a viable long-term solution can also be used very effectively as a temporary, short-term prosthesis during more extensive or prolonged treatment.
- Offer a hardwearing and cost-effective denture option.
- Look natural and will last well with a good maintenance regime.
- Are created quickly and easily, reducing the treatment timescale.
- Can be adjusted, repaired and maintained simply and efficiently.
Metal dentures are a more expensive solution but offer additional benefits to their acrylic counterparts. They provide more strength and durability and are especially suited to narrower dentures. They also work well where the denture needs to be smaller and is designed to fit around existing healthy teeth.
- Use a metal plate and teeth which can be perfectly matched to your natural tooth colour.
- Are stronger than acrylic ones and can be manufactured to be lighter and thinner.
- Provide a more comfortable and secure fit.
- Offer a better experience while eating.
In some cases, it is possible for acrylic and metal sections to be used together within one denture prosthesis to create a combined result.
Each type and style of denture we create has different uses, benefits and drawbacks and it is important to explore all of these before you embark on treatment. Below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about choosing metal or acrylic denture so that you can begin to understand the process.
Before starting any treatment you will need to arrange an initial consultation to discuss all of your care options in more detail.
In your consultation your personal Revitalise Practitioner will talk to you about:
- How our dentures are designed. It may also be possible for you to meet with the technician making your bespoke denture solution to understand the full process.
- The essential differences between the materials used to create dentures and the various benefits they offer.
- Maintenance, care and hygiene for different denture materials.
- Patient finance and cost options.
- After Care.
Which is better - An acrylic or metal denture?
Each material used to make a bespoke denture offers its own benefits and drawbacks which range from flexibility and maintenance to cost and treatment time.
An acrylic or a metal denture, or even one that is a combination of both, will be suitable for one patient’s needs but not for another’s. This is why the initial consultation stage is so crucial so that your individual requirements can be fully explored and understood by the team handling your treatment and care and the technicians making your denture.
There is no definitive answer to which material is better as they suit different individuals for different reasons. However, there are some key pros and cons to each which are:
- More cost effective to make, adjust and maintain.
- No metal clasps so are more aesthetically pleasing.
- Natural looking.
- Less durable and will need to be replaced every 5-8 years.
- A full palate base is needed for upper set dentures which can cause gagging and affect the taste and experience of food.
- Are usually bulkier than metal versions and can therefore sometimes be less comfortable.
- Thinner, lighter and more durable.
- The smaller size of the denture means you will be able to adjust to wearing it more quickly.
- More comfort whilst eating, chewing and speaking.
- Uses teeth that can be colour matched to your natural smile.
- Costs to create, repair, adjust and maintain can be up to 50% higher than an acrylic option.
- Occasionally the metal clasps can be visible.
- Increased time to manufacture can lengthen the treatment timescale.
How long do acrylic dentures last?
Acrylic dentures are easier and quicker to design and manufacture than metal ones. This is an advantage when considering the length of time your treatment may take.
It is also possible to adjust and maintain them more simply than a metal version and if you are expected to lose more teeth, using an acrylic denture will allow additional missing teeth to be added easily later.
Acrylic dentures are not as durable as metal-based ones and for this reason will usually need to be replaced every 5 to 8 years depending on how well they are cared for.
As with any dental prosthesis the way in which it is maintained and used will drastically impact its lifespan.
An acrylic denture needs to be cleaned daily, examined regularly so that if repairs are required they can be done immediately and if treated with care you maximise the length of time that you are able to wear it comfortably.
By their nature, acrylic dentures are slightly thicker and bulkier in the mouth than metal versions. This means that they can occasionally cause discomfort and rubbing to the gums and teeth.
A properly made and maintained denture is less likely to do this which is why we create bespoke products for individual patients. We also encourage regular dentist visits and an aftercare plan that can help to extend the life of your denture.
Speak to one of our team to arrange an initial consultation during which we can discuss all the merits, benefits and potential drawbacks to acrylic and metal dentures.
Are metal dentures safe?
All materials and the techniques used to manufacture and create dentures have been developed, tried and rigorously tested for patient safety and comfort.
At Revitalise we have a full spectrum care plan which looks at your health and well-being far beyond the culmination of your treatment. This means that should any part of your denture need repairing for comfort or safety reasons, we will be able to do this efficiently for you using the skills of our on-site team in our state of the art laboratory.
The majority of metal dentures are made using cobalt chrome because it offers an ideal blend of strength and flexibility.
Cobalt chrome provides the best potential for a close, tight fit because it is possible to make it both thin and strong. It is also the most hygienic material option for dentures.
Although metal dentures are stronger than acrylic ones they still need to be cared for in the same way and can break or bend if misused or dropped.
Cleaning your denture well every day and attending regular appointments with your dentist will allow you to maintain excellent oral health and prolong the life of your denture.
If you have any questions about the benefits of a metal or acrylic denture or how our team can help you achieve your dream smile, please call us to arrange a consultation.