Acrylic is a plastic material that is used in the creation of dentures, owing to its moldability and ability to adapt to the changes in the mouth over time.
How do you make acrylic dentures?
During the process of placing acrylic dentures, your teeth' impressions will be taken during the first appointment. This will either be taken before or after your teeth extraction. In most cases, the impressions will be taken after the extractions. But if an immediate denture is needed, the impressions are taken beforehand.
The impressions will be sent to our dental laboratory, where they will be created as per the patient's exact requirements to offer a custom comfortable fit. However, adjustments will be required after the initial fitting of the denture. One of the benefits of acrylic dentures is that any adjustments can easily be made.
Depending on your current situation, the dentures are either attached through metallic clasps (on remaining teeth) or self-stabilized if there are no natural teeth left.
Why would you want acrylic dentures?
Acrylic dentures are very easy to be altered and offer an easy and comfortable fit. Due to its flexibility and moldability, adjustments to the denture can be easily made, unlike metal dentures. Also, acrylic dentures are cheaper compared to other types.
Disadvantages Of Acrylic dentures
- Not natural looking.
- Not durable when compared to other materials.
- Acrylic dentures are more prone to change over time and may require more adjustments in the future.
- They are not as well fitted as other materials.
- Acrylic dentures are not best suited for lower jaws.
How to look after acrylic dentures
Maintaining your new dentures is very important by proper cleaning to protect them from the build-up of plaque. They can easily be cleaned with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste. However, a special denture cleaner is also available.
While you are not wearing dentures during your sleep, leave your dentures in a glass of water, so they don't dry out.