I need dentures and I don’t want them to look fake. So many times I see people with dentures and they look generic. What are the best materials for dentures? – Nathan
Nathan – We understand your concern to have natural-looking dentures. But the quality of the denture material is only part of the equation to having dentures that look natural.
The base of a denture is made of acrylic. There are levels of quality in acrylics. Some are stronger than others, retain color better, and resist shrinkage more than others. You should be offered a variety of choices, along with varying costs.
Denture teeth can be acrylic, porcelain, or composite resin. Again, within these materials, there are variations in strength, color, and aesthetics. You should expect to see samples of denture teeth available with variations in color. A dentist should also show you before-and-after photos of his or her patients who have received dentures.
Without the extensive education of a dentist, it is difficult for a patient to assess whether or not a denture base and the denture teeth are appropriate for his or her case. But you can ask questions to address your concerns, and ask to see examples of what you can expect with the dentures you will receive.
We suggest that you have select two or three cosmetic dentists with whom you can have consultations for dentures. You can use this opportunity to ask questions about dentures, the quality of denture materials used, and the steps that are taken to ensure that your dentures will be customized, properly fitted, and natural looking.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.