All dentures are custom made to a persons mouth by a denturist. Dentures conform to the gum line, allowing the dentures to stick to the mouth without the need for adhesive. However, dentures can feel uncomfortable to some patients. The dentures might feel heavy or unnatural, and they may hinder saliva production or taste. The best way to feel natural with dentures is to use ultra thin dentures.
Ultra Thin Dentures
Ultra thin dentures are usually made of an acrylic or combination of metals. Metals commonly used to create these thin dentures include gold, chrome, and titanium. Although ultra thin dentures will feel more natural to the user, the material they are made out of are at a higher risk of damage. Sunlight, for example, can dull acrylic dentures. Toothpaste should never be applied to the dentures either. Most toothpaste products have chemicals in them that degrade the metals in the dentures. Ultra thin dentures are found in the two major types of dentures: partial and roof dentures.
A partial denture is a set or unit of artificial teeth to replace teeth. A partial denture is either connected to the gum tissue in place of a missing tooth or to a remnant of a tooth. A partial denture helps protect the gums from infection, which can spread to neighboring teeth. Partial dentures are removable and need to be removed each night. The dentures are usually soaked in a disinfectant liquid over night to kill any bacteria or organic matter in the teeth.
Acrylic dentures are ultra thin partial dentures that utilize acrylic. Often times, acrylic dentures are given to a patient before a metallic ultra thin denture can be created. Many people do choose to keep acrylic dentures, but they tend to break easier because of the thin nature of the acrylics.
Cast dentures use a combination of acrylics and the metals commonly found in denture teeth. The dentures utilize the best of both worlds by being light and natural feeling in the mouth, but sturdy enough for everyday use.
Roof dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace entire levels of teeth. Roof dentures can either be for the bottom row or top row of teeth. Since they can encompass the whole mouth, these dentures pose the biggest aesthetic and personal problem for patients. This is why acrylic and cast dentures are great for complete dentures.