Acrylic or Silicone Dental Prosthesis?


Acrylic dentures are what is commonly referred to as dentures or dental plates. They may contain 1, 2, 3 teeth, up to a maximum of 14 artificial teeth (with exception to nylon that is only used for replacing some teeth, not all).
The material used in its manufacture is generally acrylic resin, but it can also be in nylon or silicone. Acrylic ones are not very sturdy and easily break. They are prostheses that the bearer may remove from their mouth and replace again. In the case of damage they can be repaired, the more difficult operations are those using nylon and silicone, which although more robust, are more prone to discolouration and odours.
The prostheses in acrylic resin can be relined or rebased when dysfunctional, due to natural changes in the mouth.

The nylon or silicone ones are flexible, making them more comfortable to insert and remove but less robust when it comes to chewing. However acrylic prostheses although rigid, may have silicone filling, which increases comfort. False teeth in dentures are usually made of acrylic. Alternatively, (more expensive) they may be in porcelain. The advantage of porcelain teeth is that they last longer and are prettier.

Images of removable dentures


Dental prostheses - all cases
Temporary denture

Some people experience gum irritation with acrylic prosthesis. For these cases there is anti-allergic acrylic, which is considerably more expensive.
Those who wear a complete denture know the discomfort of it. You can turn this into something of the past, if replacing it with dental implants and total fixed bridge with ceramic teeth. The improvement in their condition is drastic, resorting to this increasingly common technique, although pricey.