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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Are Dentures as Strong as Real Teeth?


Posted on 5/15/2024 by Revive Dental and Implant Center
Older woman smiling after dental appointment at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaWe would all love to keep our natural teeth forever. A select few individuals manage to achieve this impressive feat, but for the rest of us, dental solutions like dentures will likely be necessary as we age. One common query for those considering dentures is whether they offer the same durability and functionality as natural teeth. While dentures are a fantastic solution for restoring your smile and chewing ability, there are some important differences to understand.

The Strength of Natural Teeth vs. Dentures


Natural teeth gain their strength from a combination of factors. Hard enamel forms the outermost protective layer. Underneath this, a substance called dentin adds structure. The innermost pulp houses nerves and blood vessels, while roots anchor your teeth securely in the jawbone. This complex structure makes natural teeth incredibly strong and capable of handling the powerful forces of biting and chewing.
Dentures, on the other hand, are made from acrylic resin or porcelain. These materials are designed to be durable but cannot fully replicate the strength and resilience of natural tooth structures. While modern denture materials are quite strong, they are more susceptible to wear and tear over time, particularly if you regularly eat hard or crunchy foods.

The Functionality of Dentures and Natural Teeth


The differences between dentures and natural teeth go beyond just raw strength. Even with the best fit, dentures may move slightly within the mouth, especially when chewing tougher foods. Additionally, they do not provide the same level of sensory feedback as natural teeth. This means you may need to adjust the way you bite and chew.

Despite these differences, dentures offer a remarkable amount of functionality. You can eat a wide variety of foods and smile with confidence again. With careful use and proper maintenance, high-quality dentures can serve you well for many years.

Finding Your Best Smile Solution


If you are considering dentures or other tooth replacement options, it is essential to have a thorough conversation with our dentist. By discussing your individual needs and preferences, you can weigh the advantages of dentures and explore other possible solutions to restore your smile and eating function.
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