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Have you ever wondered what dentures really are? What options are out there for you and what are the pros and cons? These are great questions that dentists are more than happy to answer. Many people have had dentures over the years, and you may have memories of a grandparent soaking their teeth overnight. But just what is it that makes up these tools you may rely on to eat, talk and smile?

In years past, dentures used to be made from things like cows’ teeth and ivory, but in more modern times we have moved on to typically using porcelain or resin. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Porcelain feels similar to your natural teeth and the dentures can even be color-matched to them. The heating process used while making the dentures makes them harder and longer lasting. The downsides to porcelain are the dentures may break if dropped on a hard floor and they can wear down your natural teeth if you bite against them.

Resin dentures are able to adhere more securely to the base, are easier to adjust and are less expensive than porcelain. The disadvantage to using resin is that it wears faster and may need to be replaced every five to eight years. Our team of professionals will help you determine which material is best for you and your smile.

If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, please call Dr. Gregory Zabek at 415-362-1102 or come by our office in San Francisco, California. At Gregory Zabek Advanced General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re happy to help you regain your smile!