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What is a Denture?

Dentures are appliances worn in the mouth to replace missing teeth and gums.

Many different types exist. Acrylic, metal, the patented snap on smile or the flexible valplast denture. At Dental On we’ve had good success with all of these options.  Choosing which type is dependent on the individual person’s oral condition and their personal preference.

Types of Denture

metal denture

Metal Dentures

acrylic and plastic denture

Acrylic/Plastic Dentures

valplast Denture

Flexible Valplast Denture

snap on smile denture

Snap-On Smile

Advantages and Disadvantages of each Denture

False teeth are a way of replacing missing teeth. Many different types of dentures exist. Some examples are acrylic/plastic dentures, metal dentures, patented Snap-on Smile dentures, and flexible dentures called Valplast dentures.

At Dental On we have had good success with all of these dentures, choosing a different type of denture based on the individual patients condition and their preference.

We have added more information below about each type of denture. If you would like more information give us a call or book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists!

Metal Dentures

Metal dentures are usually thinner than plastic dentures and do not fully cover the roof of the mouth as plastic dentures do. As a result of the roof of the mouth being left uncovered, the taste sensation for the denture wearer is less affected. So the patient can taste foods better than if the roof of the mouth was fully covered.

The fixtures are manufactured with a medical-grade alloy, which is hypoallergenic to ensure wearers do not suffer from an allergic reaction as a result of the material.

In addition, the durable nature of the metal dentures means that they are less likely to break or bend out of shape than a number of their more fragile plastic denture alternatives. The fact that they are flexible may prove to be beneficial as a result of the changing shape of the mouth.

The snug fit of the appliance when it is placed into the mouth means it is very comfortable to wear, which could bring relief for people who have been worried about the feeling of an alien object in their mouth for a long period.

Metal dentures provide long-lasting, comfortable, tight dentures and are worthwhile for people looking to improve their chewing capacity and quality of life.

Acrylic Dentures

Acrylic dentures are great full dentures, temporary dentures before implant restoration, and good immediate and partial dentures if there’s a risk of needing teeth added to the denture in the future.

Acrylic Dentures are probably the oldest type of dentures on the market. We sometimes make acrylic dentures as temporary dentures before implant restoration. They are also good as immediate dentures as they are more easily relined and adjusted than other types of dentures.

The problem with acrylic is that it’s not very strong compared to metal-based dentures and other newer materials on the market. A weaker material means greater thickness is required. Hence, acrylic dentures tend to be thick and bulky. Acrylic is a stable material. However, it does undergo some dimensional changes during processing. Hence, acrylic dentures tend not to fit so well. Quite a bit of adjustment is often needed when the dentist issues the final denture.

Most acrylic partial dentures need metal clasps to help them hold onto the remaining teeth. These are usually stainless steel wires. If they are visible, they may affect aesthetics.

Flexible Valplast Denture

These removable partials are popular due to their flexibility and size and tight fit.The innovation of the Valplast Flexible Partial allows constant movement and flexibility in your mouth. Their flexibility, combined with strength and lightweight, provides comfort and great looks!

Snap-On Smile Denture

The Snap-On Smile is a great partial denture alternative. It’s good for people with some missing teeth that would like to have a cosmetic makeover at the same time, or for people concerned about palatal coverage and taste alterations with the more traditional metal and plastic dentures. Getting a Snap-On Smile simply requires two, short, painless visits with no drilling, no shots, and no change in tooth structure.

It is an excellent choice for:

Gaps, crooked, stained, or missing teeth
Those who are not candidates for bridges or implants
Anyone who would like a Hollywood smile



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