A denture is a removable appliance or prosthetic that is used to replace missing teeth and surrounding hard tissues (bone) and soft tissues (gums). Over 33 million people in the United States are wearing dentures.
There are two types of dentures: complete (or “full”) dentures, that replace all of the teeth, or partial dentures, that are used to replace some missing teeth. High-quality dentures are made in four to five visits by a dentist. It is important to manufacture a denture with accuracy for the prosthetic to fit correctly.
The quality of a denture is related to how they are made and what materials are used to create the removable prosthetic. The denture base material (the pink gum part) should be made with the highest quality acrylic. Lucitone 199 is the highest quality acrylic available today and produced by a Dentsply Prosthetics.
It is essential for a denture to be processed via an injection heat treated mold under constant pressure, as this creates the most durable acrylic. This type of acrylic is least subject to dimensional changes when it is processed under heat and pressure.
Another method of processing teeth is cold curing with no pressure. This is a cheaper and quicker method which allows the denture to change in shape and color over time and results in a poor fitting prosthetic.
There are also high-quality teeth and standard low-quality teeth. Dentsply supplies the highest quality teeth, called Portrait IPN, which look like real teeth and have a lifetime warranty against chipping and breaking. These high-quality materials maintain their color and luster. They are also easy to clean and polish.