If you have some of your own natural teeth, you may only need a partial denture to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth.
Partial dentures usually consist of a metal or plastic plate with a number of false teeth attached.
These are either fastened to your natural teeth with a metal clasp so they can be unclipped and removed, or crowns are placed over some of your natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture.
What are Cobalt Chrome Dentures?
Cobalt Chrome dentures have a metal base plate or framework that sits on and around the natural teeth onto which denture teeth are attached by acrylic.
How they Work?
Stability (not rocking) and retention (grip) come from the metal framework gripping the natural teeth so will be affected by both the number and position of your remaining teeth.
The denture design is also critical. Time must be spent on the planning and preparing the teeth to make sure the denture has the best possible grip and resistance to your chewing forces.
They can be ‘tooth borne’, (supported just by your teeth) which is always preferred where possible or ‘tooth and mucosal borne’ denture, (supported by both teeth and mucosa).
What are their Advantages?
- Most comfortable to wear
- Easiest to adapt to
- Smaller, thinner and more streamlined
- The best grip (retention)
- Best chewing experience
- The most hygienic
- Very close fitting and precise
- Are designed specific to each mouth- numerous features can be incorporated to improve the denture.
- Can use precision attachments
- Very strong
- Patients have good confidence in wearing them.
- Clasps can easily be tightened to increase the grip.