What Are Dentures Made Of?

Understanding Denture Materials and Their Impact on Comfort and Appearance

denturesWhen it comes to dentures, the materials used in their construction are pertinent to their comfort, durability, and natural appearance. Dentures can be made from various materials, including acrylic resin, composite and flexible resin, porcelain, and metal. Each material has its own unique properties and benefits, which can impact the fit, feel, and aesthetic of the dentures. Understanding the characteristics of these materials is essential for patients to make informed decisions about the most suitable type of dentures for individual needs.

To learn more about dentures, contact our skilled San Diego, CA dentist, Dr. Vaheed Bayette by calling (619) 901-0708. 

Materials Used for Dentures

Acrylic Resin 

Acrylic resin is a commonly used material for the base of dentures due to its durability, affordability, and ability to be easily molded to fit a patient’s mouth. It’s a type of lightweight plastic that’s resistant to fracture and wear, making it an ideal material for everyday use. 

In addition to its physical properties, acrylic resin can also be tinted to match the color of a patient’s natural gum tissue, providing a more seamless appearance. Although acrylic resin dentures may require occasional adjustments and repairs, they’re a reliable and popular choice for those in need of removable false teeth.

Composite and Flexible Resin

Composite and flexible resin are both used in newer types of dentures. They’re softer, more comfortable materials that are less likely to break. However, they may not be as durable as acrylic resin. 


Metal is another material commonly used in dentures, particularly for partial dentures that are designed to replace only a few missing teeth. Metal clasps or frameworks are used to anchor the partial denture to remaining natural teeth, providing added stability and support. Metals commonly used in denture construction include cobalt-chromium and titanium, both of which are strong, lightweight, and biocompatible, meaning they’re unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. 

Metal dentures are often more expensive than acrylic resin dentures, but they’re also more durable and require fewer adjustments over time. With proper care and maintenance, metal dentures can last for many years, providing patients with a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.


Porcelain is a material that’s commonly used for the false teeth in dentures due to its natural appearance and ability to mimic the translucency of natural teeth. Porcelain teeth are made by firing a special type of ceramic material at high temperatures to create a durable and lifelike surface. They’re often used for the front teeth of a denture, as they provide a more realistic appearance and are less likely to stain or wear down over time compared to acrylic resin teeth. 

However, porcelain teeth are more brittle and prone to chipping or breaking than acrylic resin teeth, so they may not be suitable for patients with heavy biting forces or bruxism (teeth grinding). Despite this, many patients prefer porcelain teeth for their aesthetic qualities and the confidence they provide when smiling and speaking.

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Explore the Science Behind Your Smile

The selection of denture materials is essential in determining their comfort, durability, and natural look. Whether it is acrylic resin, porcelain, or metal, each material uniquely influences the fit, feel, and aesthetic of the dentures. By understanding the characteristics and advantages of each material, you can ensure that you choose dentures that best suit your specific requirements. To schedule a consultation, contact our San Diego, CA dental office by calling (619) 901-0708. 

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