What do chrome dentures look like, and how do they compare to acrylic dentures? When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are all sorts of dentures to consider. And, when you're trying to make the best choice for your needs, multiple options can get a little confusing.
We want to make sure you have all the information to help you make the right decision. This article will answer the following questions, and more:
- What are chrome dentures?
- How much do they cost?
- How do they compare to acrylic dentures?
- What are the pros and cons of chrome false teeth?
As you may or may not already know, false teeth are the most common, and most affordable way to replace missing teeth. Whether you are getting full or partial dentures, the material they are made from can make a difference, depending on your needs.
So, let's get started.
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What is a chrome denture?
Chrome dentures are usually partial dentures or dentures for a single tooth that have a metal framework that supports false teeth. Complete dentures are rarely made from metal. This is because they generally require support from your remaining natural teeth to fit securely.
You may be wondering if dentures are more obvious when made from metal. Well, the good news is, they aren't because they are designed to be unnoticeable when inside the mouth.
This is achieved by the metal structures being lighter, less bulky, and more easily hidden when worn. And, in some cases, the metal parts are covered by plastic gum and teeth.
Depending on the shape of the denture, metal can be used to make both the clasps and the palate. In a chrome denture, the clasps are commonly made from cobalt chrome. This means that the palate and the clasps can be cast together, adding to the strength and durability.
An acrylic denture can also be made with metal clasps. However, these clasps are made from stainless steel and are not as strong.
Cobalt chrome dentures
Cobalt chrome is a medically approved, light alloy metal. It is the strongest and most durable metal that can be used to make a partial denture that doesn't irritate the gums and mouth. These are the most discreet type of dentures, due to all of these benefits. Additionally, cobalt chrome dentures have a relatively high survival rate during the first 5 years of wear.
The main disadvantage of chrome cobalt partial dentures is that they are a more expensive option, but the improved quality is worth it since it will also improve life quality. However, they may not be suitable for some patients with certain metal allergies.
What do chrome dentures look like?
Chrome dentures have a quite obvious metal framework, with plastic false teeth and gums attached to them. Or, they can look like plastic removable gums and teeth with metal clasps attached.
How much do chrome dentures cost?
The price for a chrome denture is roughly between $900 and $2,000, depending on the denture and the dental practice. Compared to plastic dentures, they are considerably more expensive. This is because the raw material costs more, and metal dentures take longer to make.
Are chrome dentures better than acrylic?
If you have no remaining teeth, then acrylic dentures are probably the best option for you. This is because a metal denture generally needs support from your remaining teeth. However, if you only need a partial denture then a chrome denture is much better quality and should fit better.
Cobalt chrome is a lighter, stronger, and more durable material, meaning it is much more comfortable than plastic, which can feel bulky in comparison. Metal dentures can also be made to fit precisely to the patient's mouth and therefore more securely.
A chrome denture is made to be overall much more discreet when worn and more confidence-inspiring when eating and speaking.
Another alternative to consider is a flexible denture, which is also much more comfortable than an acrylic denture. However, it is also more costly than the traditional acrylic denture, and not generally available through Medicare or Medicaid.
Pros and cons of chrome dentures
Cobalt chrome dentures are considered high quality when it comes to false teeth. So it's safe to say there are quite a few advantages to choosing them. They are lighter, yet stronger and more durable meaning they should last much longer than acrylic dentures. However, they do come with some disadvantages as well.
The main disadvantage is that they are more costly than the traditional acrylic denture. Another important point to consider is that they are more difficult to adjust if your mouth changes shape, or if you need to have more extractions in the future.
The following table shows a summary of the pros and cons of chrome dentures:
Stronger and more durable
Difficult to adjust
Cobalt chrome is a lighter material
Difficult to add teeth later on
They are designed to be hidden in the mouth, and feel less bulky than plasic false teeth
They take longer to make than acrylic dentures
They have better support, and feel more secure when eating and speaking
They are more expensive
They generally fit better and feel more comfortable
The appearance of the metal frame and palette are not a natural color (even though they are made to be unnoticeable)
You may need to be more careful when cleaning dentures with metal parts, but if you make sure to follow your dentist's instructions there shouldn't be a problem. Make sure you don't leave your dentures overnight in denture cleaner, and follow manufacturer guidelines when using denture products.
Cobalt chrome dentures are typically partial dentures and it is uncommon for a full denture to be made with metal. This is because they replace missing teeth while being supported by your remaining natural teeth. They look as you might expect them to, with plastic teeth attached to a metal framework and clasps.
Cobalt chrome dentures are considered to be the gold standard of quality but are much more expensive. The chrome dentures price will depend on where you get them, and your particular needs, but in general they cost from $900 to $2,000.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to a chrome denture, but overall the pros outweigh the cons. If you are considering cobalt chrome dentures, book a consultation with your dentist to discuss further if they are the right choice to fit your needs.
NIH: A 5-year retrospective study of cobalt-chromium-based fixed dental prostheses. Consulted 5th July 2022.