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
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.
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.
For few missing teeth:
For many missing teeth:
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.
|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|
|Easier oral hygiene compared to acrylic denture|
|Fixed in place, not removable|
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.