Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist Explains the Benefits of Polymer Dentures

Written by Dr. Lin on Aug 30, 2011

I’ve had many patients express concern to me about the possible need for dentures. They tell me that they’d rather go through just about any dental procedure except the prospect of having dentures. They remember their parents’ constant complaints about slipping, and irritation and discomfort. I am happy to allay their fears and tell them that, along with many other advances in modern dentistry, the design and materials used in dentures have improved significantly. The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are dentures?

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and can even enhance your smile. Very detailed impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create dentures that are custom-fit to your mouth. At Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist dentures are crafted using a softer, flexible polymer rather than traditional rigid metal. Your dentures will be gently custom-fit to your mouth, ensuring that they fit comfortably and securely enabling you to speak and eat with ease.

What are dentures made of?

Patients have many options of materials to choose from that can affect the aesthetic results as well as the comfort level afforded the wearer. Today’s polymer dentures offered by Dallas, TX Smile Studio are more flexible so they are naturally more comfortable as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures. For example, plastic dentures are very rigid resulting in soreness of the gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being rigid and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures are somewhat more expensive, but most people do not mind paying the extra cost to gain the advantages of polymer dentures.

How long will polymer dentures last?

Today’s polymer dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.