All About Chrome Cobalt Upper Dentures

Chrome cobalt upper dentures have the main advantage of being very strong, and are also thinner than the alternative acrylic materials. The difference in weight is small, and not really significant for most people.

What are the disadvantages? The main one is cost. Cobalt chrome dentures take longer to make, are more complicated for the dental technician, and the metal alloy costs more than the equivalent acrylic.

So, what situations would be good for chrome cobalt upper dentures?

Chrome Cobalt Upper Dentures

It's important to understand that cobalt chrome dentures look like any other dentures from the "outside". You do not see a load of metal, like Richard Kiel as "Jaws" in the James Bond movies! The teeth on the dentures are normal acrylic denture teeth.

What IS different is the framework or base for the denture that fits inside your mouth. This framework, hidden from view, can be made of chrome cobalt. Upper dentures in particular can be made much smaller than the equivalent acrylic denture.

Here is a chrome cobalt framework without any teeth on it;

                    chrome cobalt upper denture

Although it may not look like it, this framework is much thinner than the equivalent acrylic denture base!

For a lot of folk, one of the biggest problems with wearing a dental plate is the sheer bulk of the thing. It's quite a mouthful! So any way of making a denture smaller and thinner is a big help.

BUT if we try to make a standard acrylic denture thinner, it will frequently end up being too thin, and therefore weak. It will crack or break.

Cobalt chrome dentures can be made very thin, and the metal alloy is strong enough to resist breaking or bending. It sounds like the ideal solution!

But the cost is much more than for a normal acrylic denture or plate. There are 2 main reasons for this extra cost:

  • The cost of the metal alloy is much more than the cost of acrylic.
  • Because the metal is so hard and tough, it takes the lab technician much longer to make the denture.


Here are some more photos of a chrome cobalt upper denture on the laboratory model, without any acrylic or teeth added yet;

chrome cobalt upper denture

Below, the view from the front. Acryilic denture teeth will be fitted to the perforated metal area, to blend in with the natural teeth.

chrome cobalt upper denture

Below, this is what the chrome cobalt upper denture looks like off the model, but still without any teeth attached.

chrome cobalt upper denture

Below shows the laboratory model with design options pencilled onto the plaster.

chrome cobalt upper denture

As with most things in life, there are always trade-offs and compromises. The Chrome Cobalt upper denture is not perfect. BUT, if you are having problems with acrylic dentures cracking or breaking, or else you are finding the size of your denture too much to get used to, ask you dentist about a cobalt chrome denture.

It could be a big improvement for you!