⦁ Metal Dentures
What are dentures?
Dentures are most commonly called “false teeth” and are used to replace missing natural teeth. Dentures sit on top of the gums, and if there are any remaining teeth, they may be secured on using clasps. In the event of no teeth remaining, dental implants may be used for stability.
Dentures can either be partial or complete, to suit most patients needs. After teeth have been lost, it is very important to have a replacement, in terms of aesthetically and medically. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth are very likely to shift into the empty spaces which can cause further complications. Dentures can be a suitable treatment to ensure that this does not happen. They will also allow you to chew food and speak normally again.
Metal base dentures
There are two types of metal dentures: Standard and Modified. Standard metal dentures do have metal in direct contact with a portion of the gum, but the metal used are non-allergic.
The modified metal denture is very similar apart from one difference – it does not have any metal in direct contact with the gum. A plastic liner is used between the metal structure of the denture and the gum. Both hard and soft plastic can be used. Soft is the preferred liner, but does need to be relined every year.
Why would I need metal dentures?
Some cases will require the denture to be narrow. If they are made out of plastic, they tend to be very weak and can easily break. Metal dentures offer the required strength in such cases.
Lower jaws can be very problematic when they lose teeth. Using a metal denture can add stability to the jaw and will also be more comfortable for the patient.
Benefits of metal dentures
Offer stability and grips better
Easily tighten clasps
Disadvantages of metal dentures
More expensive than other materials
Adjustments are difficult in the future
Metal and gum contact can sometime be uncomfortable (but a relining can sort this)