Chrome dentures (CoCr dentures)
Cobalt chrome dentures have a metal base plate or framework that sits on and around the natural teeth onto which we attach denture teeth with acrylic.
They are the strongest of all denture constructions. Their strength comes from the two constituents of the alloy – the Cobalt (Co) and the Chrome (Cr).
Unique advantages in construction
Due to the strength of manufacturing materials, it is possible to achieve constructions that we cannot accomplish with an acrylic denture.
Stability and retention come from the metal framework gripping the natural teeth (clasps). This results in improved stability and support especially when eating.
Because of chrome dentures using a clasp to secure to existing teeth, they can leave your top palette uncovered. Compared to acrylic dentures this offers greater comfort and enjoyment when eating and drinking.
Cobalt chrome dentures are comfortable, the most hygienic and hugely strong. They are smaller, thinner and more streamlined than their acrylic counterparts. Oral hygiene will be improved because there will be less food debris and plaque build due to the tighter fit.
They also offer the best grip – clasps can be tightened to increase grip – and consequently a better chewing experience.
Best situations for use
It is best to use Cobalt chrome dentures where the mouth is unlikely to change and where natural teeth have a good prognosis.
They are particularly suitable for patients with a heightened gag reflex. For people with compromised muscle control their small size, and close fit is a benefit.
For more information on chrome dentures call us on 01384 254 067 or fill out our contact form. The Denture Clinic is on North Street, Dudley, West Midlands.