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You may have heard of false teeth called cobalt chrome dentures. This type of denture has a base plate or frame of metal that is formed to sit either on or around natural teeth. Acrylic false teeth are attached to the metal base. It is from the metal base holding onto natural teeth that give these chrome dentures stability and retention.
Whether you will be a good candidate for cobalt chrome dentures depends on many factors including how many natural teeth remain and where they happen to be positioned in your mouth. Another key element in the success of installing a cobalt chrome denture is the design of the framework.
The goal is to create chrome dentures that will have the strongest grip and high resistance to the forces exerted when chewing. This requires time spent on the overall planning and preparation of the remaining teeth used for anchoring the chrome dentures.
Essentially, there are two methods used to support these dentures. They can be tooth-borne or tooth and mucosal borne. Tooth borne means the chrome dentures are supported only by your teeth. Tooth and mucosal borne refer to false teeth supported by both your teeth and mucosa.
Cobalt Chrome Denture – Advantages
There are several advantages to having cobalt chrome dentures. They include the following:
- More comfortable to wear than any other type of dentures
- The easiest type of dentures to get used to
- Chrome dentures are smaller, thinner, and more streamlined
- Chrome dentures provide the best grip and chewing experience
- They are more hygienic than other denture types
- The fit is closer and more precise
- They are designed specifically to fit only your mouth
- Precision attachments can be used
- The grip can be increased by tightening clasps
- These are very strong dentures
- Wearers have great confidence in wearing cobalt chrome dentures
Cobalt Chrome Dentures – Disadvantages
There are also several cobalt chrome denture disadvantages. The list is below:
- More expensive than other dentures at first and when changes are required
- Not all changes can be done easily
- The framework fit can be impacted by issues with the natural teeth
- Chrome dentures can bend if they are sat on and would have to be replaced
- Sometimes the chrome is visible
- They are more difficult to make and to get correct
How To Know If You Are A Good Candidate For Cobalt Chrome Dentures
Aside from the advantages and cobalt chrome dentures disadvantages, they are not perfect for everyone. For example, if your mouth is likely to change, you may want to consider cobalt chrome dentures. You will require natural teeth that are in good condition and do not have a prognosis that would indicate negative changes in the future.
However, if your muscle control is compromised or you suffer from gag reflexes from the size and fit of normal dentures, these could be your best solution.
Metal Dentures Vs. Plastic Dentures
There are very distinct differences between metal (cobalt chrome) and plastic (acrylic) dentures. Some of them have already been outlined in the list of advantages to chrome dentures but bear repeating.
As metal is stronger than plastic, chrome dentures are less bulky than plastic. Being thinner than acrylic means they can also be more lightweight. They also last longer and are stronger.
Acrylic dentures are a better choice if you have no natural teeth as chrome dentures require teeth to hold them in place. Acrylic dentures are less expensive but are easier to damage than metal dentures.
Cobalt Chrome Denture Prices
One of the biggest differences between cobalt chrome dentures and acrylic dentures is in their pricing. Cobalt chrome dentures are generally a more expensive denture option. They can be between 20-100% more expensive compared to acrylic (partials & full) dentures.
Chrome denture prices are related to the fact that metal dentures are less likely to break as the material used is more durable. Plus, as they can be made thinner than plastic, metal dentures are lightweight and fit more comfortably in the mouth.
As a very rough guide on cobalt chrome denture prices:
- 1 – 3 tooth chrome cobalt partial denture – $825 USD
- 4 – 8 tooth chrome partial denture – $965 USD
- 9 – 14 tooth chrome cobalt partial denture – $1,100 USD
- Full denture – $1,925 USD
See pricing for various denture options here.
Metal dentures, whether you are seeking a full cobalt chrome denture or chrome partial denture, will last longer, stay in place and fit better than any other type of false teeth. However, the chrome denture prices are more which bears serious consideration. Plus, you may not be a good candidate for metal dentures.
To be sure, it is best to visit your local dentist and discuss your options to see if cobalt chrome dentures are the right solution for you.