When it comes to dentures, there are several factors to consider before deciding on the best option. One of the most significant considerations is the quality of the teeth used in the denture. Generally, there are two options available in the market: economy dentures and premium dentures.
Economy dentures are made with lower quality teeth and are typically less expensive. These dentures are mass-produced and often have a lower level of customization and fit. They are also more likely to wear down quickly and require replacement sooner than premium dentures. There usually is not as much characterization in the coloring and look of the dentures so that often the appearance is dull.
In contrast, premium dentures are made with high-quality teeth, which are more durable and natural-looking. These teeth are usually made of acrylic, porcelain, or composite materials, which mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth. The fit of premium dentures is also typically better than economy dentures, as they are custom-made to the patient's specific needs. Dr. Baker will take a very accurate mold of your mouth to get the very best fit with the denture.
There are also different types of processing techniques for dentures, which can affect their quality and durability. These include cold pour, heat cure, 3D Printed Dentures and Milled dentures.
Cold pour dentures are made by pouring a liquid acrylic into a mold and letting it set at room temperature. They are typically less expensive and quicker to make, but they may not be as durable as other options. The most common complaint we get from these kinds of dentures is that the base, or the pink part of the denture, breaks more often.
Heat cure dentures are made by heating the acrylic in the mold, which makes them stronger and more durable. However, they take longer to make and require more expertise in the fabrication process.
3D Printed dentures do make the process easier and take shorter time, but in my experience, they are not sturdy enough to replace a traditional acrylic base denture yet. Also using a high quality tooth is very difficult with a 3D printed denture and any attempts to paint or color the teeth often doesn't last long enough. They do make great temporary dentures and great molds for designing the final denture.
Milled Dentures dentures are a newer option that uses a digital process to create a highly customized and precise fit. These dentures are made with a high-strength polymer material that is both durable and comfortable. They fit much better than acrylic dentures because they aren't misshapen by the heating process. The pink part of these dentures are also made in an industrial process which means the Ivoclar Ivotion denture is two times as strong as traditional acrylic. This is my favorite denture type.
The best dentures to get will depend on the individual's needs, budget, and preferences. While economy dentures may be a more affordable option, premium dentures with high-quality teeth and a better fit are typically more durable and natural-looking. Additionally, the processing technique used, such as cold pour, heat cure, 3D Printed or Milled Dentures can also impact the quality and durability of the denture.
If price is absolutely the most important, often an economy denture is a great option to get your smile back in place quickly. It often doesn't fit as well and won't last as long in the long term, but it's good in a pinch.
A premium denture, especially the Ivoclar Ivotion denture is great because it is very strong and can last a long time even when used with dental implants to help the denture stay in place.