Chrome denture

 

What is it?

A denture is a removable appliance used to replace any number of missing teeth. The Chrome denture is made with acrylic teeth and gum on a metal alloy framework which fits behind the teeth. Usually tooth clasps are added to hold the denture securely in place


What is it for?

Chrome dentures can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. The framework behind the teeth is much thinner than acrylic dentures, and clasps are usually incorporated to anchor the denture to natural teeth so chrome dentures tend to be more comfortable and secure than acrylic dentures. These benefits are most noticeable when several natural teeth in good condition are present. The more minimal design of a Chrome denture means that oral hygiene is easier that with an acrylic denture.


What does the procedure involve?

A series of usually 4 or 5 appointments are required, over which accurate impressions of your teeth and gums are taken, a record of your bite is made, the metal framework is checked for fit, the appearance and fit of the teeth are checked, and finally the denture is fitted, and any adjustments made to ensure the denture is well-fitting and comfortable.


What are the alternative treatments?

For few missing teeth:

Acrylic denture
Adhesive bridge
Conventional bridge
Dental implant

For many missing teeth:

Acrylic denture
Dental implants


How long will it last?

This varies widely, but generally dentures would be remade every 5-10 years. However, during this time, dentures sometimes crack or break and need to be repaired. CoCr dentures are more fracture-resistant than acrylic dentures, but repairs can be less reliable. Where teeth are missing, your gums and jawbone will gradually shrink away over time, causing the denture to lose its fit. In this case, the denture can sometimes be altered to improve the fit, or may need to be replaced.


Pros and Cons

Pros

Cons

More comfortable and secure than acrylic denture Addition of extra teeth is more difficult than with acrylic denture
More fracture-resistant than acrylic denture  Removable, not fixed in place
Good aesthetics
Easier oral hygiene compared to acrylic denture
Fixed in place, not removable

John – Dentures

John disliked his old, poorly-fitting, bulky acrylic denture. The new low-profile chrome denture fits more securely and, by leaving the palate exposed, helps John to taste and enjoy his food.
 

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