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What’s the difference between Porcelain and Plastic False Teeth?


Dentures are made with either porcelain or plastic false teeth. These two materials differ in terms of durability, strength, hygiene, and other factors. Here‘s a list of how these two differ from one another:

Bone Loss Acceleration 

Chewing exerts pressure on your dentures, which is transferred to the bone tissue underneath your gums. Porcelain is a dense material, which makes porcelain dentures heavy. This prevents them from absorbing enough force thus, accelerating bone loss.

Plastic, on the other hand, is much lighter, and transfers less pressure to the gums and bone tissue from chewing, clenching, grinding, or tapping teeth. With regard to your oral health, plastic false teeth are better as they don’t accelerate bone loss at the same rate as porcelain teeth.
Compared to acrylic teeth, porcelain is often associated with “clicking sounds” when the denture wearer bites down while chewing. Plastic teeth are not noisy. They are also lighter, which makes it easier for the wearer to speak and keep the dentures firmly in place.  


Porcelain teeth are brittle and more prone to cracks and chips compared to plastic. Plastic can resist chipping and fractures better.


Porcelain dentures are easy to clean, but they must be handled carefully to reduce the risk of fracture if they slip and fall. Although plastic does not chip or crack, it contains microscopic pits that can hide bacteria. Simple brushing and light soaking are not enough to remove the bacteria. However, they can be effectively cleaned through overnight soaking.


The denture base is typically made out of acrylic, which does not bond chemically with porcelain. Plastic false teeth, on the other hand, bond easily to the denture base, plus they are made of the same material.


Both porcelain and plastic false teeth come in a wide range of shapes, color, dimension, and translucency, which increase the likelihood of getting the exact denture teeth that you need.

Which type of teeth are better?  

Dentures are a great solution for tooth loss, allowing you to maintain normal functions like speaking and chewing. They also allow you to maintain your smile and confidence. Although there are a number of different denture materials to choose from, our denture specialists recommend premium quality plastic teeth because they’re healthy, comfortable, and strong.

If you have any questions regarding porcelain or plastic teeth, please contact Canadian Denture and Implant Centres or book a free consultation.