Pros and Cons of Acrylic Dentures

Dental treatment is a very individual process; everyone’s teeth are different, and no two systems will work the same for one person, this is why it is very important to make sure you are working with a reputable, experienced dentist, who knows what is best for your personal condition. In the dental industry, there are various methods for fixing broken or knocked out teeth, but dentists need to carefully establish which system is suitable for which patient, based on the remaining teeth, the patients overall health, and their current cleaning habits. Of course, a certain amount of a successful treatment is based on luck, but it helps to have a skilled surgeon who can give you the highest odds for a positive outcome. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the positive aspects of acrylic dental appliances, as well as some of the negative associations, and how they can affect the patient’s individual treatment.

What are the pros associated with acrylic dentures?

They can look natural – A properly fitted denture that matches the rest of the teeth in both colour and proportion can look exactly like the real thing. As with most things in life, the more you have to spend, the better the product, and that’s true of dental appliances also; a more expensive acrylic denture is going to be more comfortable, durable, and natural-looking than a cheaper on. It’s also good practice to replace the synthetic teeth as time passes, because our natural teeth can change colour and shape as we get older.

They don’t cost as much as other methods – Compared to dental implants, or a costly set of porcelain veneers, acrylic dentures are the cheap alternative. They could still set you back four or five hundred pounds, but they are unlikely to get into the thousands, and it’s often much easier to find a dentist who can fit you with a denture, rather than a practitioner who has the skill to place dental veneers or implants. Money is an issue for most working people in the UK at the moment, and it’s definitely wise to budget for your treatment, even if it does cost less than the alternatives.

Suitable for most patients – Unless you have teeth that are in a very bad condition, you should be able to benefit from an acrylic denture. Flexible dentures like this need to have anchoring teeth to hold it in place, and those teeth have to be strong enough to support the device, otherwise it will eventually fall out, so as long as your remaining teeth are healthy and without structural problems, a dentures should work for you. Most patients who have lost a tooth to dental trauma, but have no other dental issues, should be perfect candidates for a denture.

What are the cons associated with acrylic dentures?

They require some tooth preparation – Because the metal hoops have to clip over the anchoring teeth, and the synthetic crowns need to be fitted perfectly to the space or over the remaining tooth fragments, this means that the natural enamel sometimes has to be reduced and reshaped, so that the new tooth looks natural and fits comfortably. With some acrylic dentures, it is also necessary to place crowns over the neighbouring teeth, to make sure that the biting area is structurally sound and to support the device as the patient chews. The main problem with this process is that it sometimes leaves the remodelled teeth at risk of heightened sensitivity from hot and cold temperatures, as the delicate nerve endings housed at the centre of the tooth have less protection from the hard mineral layers. However, generally speaking, the crown makes up for this loss of volume, by adding another layer, and holding fast around the tooth right up to the gum line.

Aren’t as permanent as some other methods – Revolutionary techniques, such as dental implants, provide a permanent solution to missing teeth, which could last a lifetime, with proper care, but acrylic dentures are not bonded directly with human tissue, so they will only last around five to ten years. Although they perform well for that period of time, it means they will have to be replaced eventually, and they won’t stand up to the daily wear and tear that the natural teeth can cope with. Furthermore, our teeth are designed to deal with regular use, but they also encourage bone growth within the face, without them, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and reabsorb into the surrounding tissue; implants help with this problem because they are bonded to the bone and act much like a normal tooth, however, acrylic dentures do not perform in the same way, making them more temporary than the surgical alternatives.

Need to be carefully looked after – Particularly during the first few months after it has been fitted, an acrylic denture needs to be carefully monitored and cleaned, to prevent any bacteria or food debris from building up in hard to reach areas. They also need regular maintenance; as we get older, our face shape changes, which means the denture will have to be adjusted to keep it comfortable and functional, and even the most flexible appliance won’t last forever. Also, our teeth are prone to changes in shade and size as time passes, simply as part of the aging process, which makes the synthetic tooth/teeth more obvious among the natural ones; this means it will have to be replaced at various intervals throughout its lifespan. Most patients who have an acrylic denture fitted will have to get used to this kind of upkeep, but it means the device is not as convenient or as durable as other types of dental restoration.

If you are interested in an acrylic denture, you should speak to someone at the Pearl Dental Clinic, where all kinds of cosmetic and surgical treatments are available; call now to book a consultation or just to learn a little bit about the options open to you.

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