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Have you ever wondered what dentures are made of? What goes into them? What options are there when it comes to materials and what are the pros and cons? These are great questions that dentists are more than happy to answer. Many people have had dentures for centuries, and you may even have memories of a grandparent soaking their teeth overnight. But just what makes up these tools you may rely on to eat, talk and smile?

In the past, dentures were made from things like cows’ teeth and ivory, but in modern times we typically use porcelain or resin. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Porcelain feels like your natural teeth and the dentures can be color-matched to them. While making the dentures, the heating process used makes them harder and longer lasting. The disadvantages of porcelain are the dentures may break if dropped on a hard floor and they can wear down your natural teeth if you bite against them.

Resin dentures can adhere more securely to the base, are easier to adjust, and are less expensive than porcelain. The downside of using resin is that it wears faster and may need to be replaced every five to eight years.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have more questions for our doctor, please call Dr. Anthony Shaia at 440-884-9898 or come by our office in Parma Heights, Ohio. At Shaia Dental Care, we’re happy to help you regain your smile!