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Porcelain versus Acrylic Denture Teeth: I recently had a temporary set of dentures made. I hope to wear them for about a year.

Then I want to have a top-of-the-line dentures made. Several of my friends say porcelain is best while others recommend acrylic. Which is better in your eyes? I'm trying to get answers.

Porcelain vs acrylic. And what about Swiss. I heard about this and don't know what it is. General material used in making the denture itself. Which is best? ... Visitor from TN

It is hard to say which one is really best overall. Today most of the time we use a composite based tooth in most of our cases. In years past we used the porcelain teeth much more but have not used them as much lately.

The porcelain can cause significant wear to the opposing teeth and that is the main reason that we have moved away from them. They also have a tendency to break out of the denture more than the plastic teeth too but that is not a real problem.

The Swiss made teeth are not that different from the teeth made here in the US and I would not base my decision on where the teeth were made. I would base it on whether those teeth would hold up over time or not. The cheaper teeth usually wear down quicker than the other ones though.

Regardless you should expect to see the dentist on a regular basis so that they can tell you when the dentures will need to be replaced. I have never seen a denture that did not need to be replaced over time.

If you were asking me how can you have the best outcome here I would talk about supporting the denture with implants in some fashion. That will give you the best opportunity to have long term stability.

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