Chrome cobalt (metal) dentures explained

Chrome Cobalt Partial Denture

Chrome cobalt dentures, also sometimes called chrome or metal dentures, are celebrated for their exceptional strength and resilience. These terms are interchangeable, and partial versions can be referred to as partial cobalt chrome dentures, cast metal partials, or simply metal partials.

The secret to their success lies in the material itself. Chrome cobalt creates a lightweight yet rigid framework for your dentures. This allows for the secure attachment of teeth, often using metal clasps seamlessly integrated into the framework for partial dentures. At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we can even craft full dentures from chrome cobalt for enhanced durability.

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Looking for a denture that offers the best of both worlds?

Discover our innovative hybrid chrome denture in this video! This unique design combines the strength and durability of a chrome cobalt base with the unmatched comfort and flexibility of Thermosens polyamide microcrystalline nylon, a significant upgrade over traditional acrylic. The result? Dentures that are incredibly comfortable to wear, built to last, and boast virtually invisible clasps thanks to their translucent material. Say goodbye to bulky metal clasps and hello to a natural-looking smile you can be confident in. Watch now to learn more about our hybrid chrome dentures!

Explore your denture options: Chrome & hybrid solutions

At our clinic, we understand that every smile is unique. That's why we offer two exceptional chrome denture options to cater to your individual needs.

Chrome cobalt denture

Partial Chrome Cobalt Denture

Australian made chrome cobalt base molded and designed specific to individual mouth giving superior fit
Standard Acylic
Ivoclar German teeth
Heat cure compression processing system
Metal clasps
Incredibly thin yet maintaining superior strength

From $1,680

or $112 /fortnight*

6 month interest free payment plan

Thermochrome Hybrid denture

ThermoChrome Hybrid Partial Denture

Australian made chrome cobalt base molded and designed specific to individual mouth giving superior fit
Combination of chrome cobalt base and Vertex ThermoSens ensuring the perfect fit
Ivoclar German teeth
Vertex ThermoSens Injection System
Metal and/or gum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouth
The ultimate denture combining the superior strength of chome cobalt together with the unmatched fit, comfort and security of the ThermoSens material

Interest free denture payment plans

What are the pros and cons of chrome cobalt dentures?

Chrome cobalt dentures offer a compelling alternative to traditional acrylic dentures, but it's important to understand both the advantages and limitations before making a decision. Here's a breakdown to help you decide.

We recommend scheduling a free consultation to discuss your specific needs and determine if chrome cobalt dentures are the right choice for you. This personalized approach allows us to explore all available options and ensure a confident, healthy smile.



Strength and Durability: Chrome cobalt boasts exceptional tensile strength, allowing for a thin, lightweight framework. This translates to a more comfortable fit and increased resistance to fracture. Cost: Chrome cobalt dentures are typically more expensive than traditional acrylic dentures.
Improved Aesthetics: The thin framework can leave more of the palate uncovered, enhancing taste and potentially making eating more enjoyable. Additionally, chrome cobalt dentures offer a natural-looking appearance. Limited Repairability: While highly durable, significant damage to the framework might be difficult to repair.
Enhanced Hygiene: The metal surface resists plaque buildup, promoting better oral hygiene. Not for Everyone: These dentures may not be suitable for all patients due to individual dental anatomy or health conditions.
Comfort and Fit: The lightweight design and secure retention contribute to a more comfortable wearing experience compared to bulkier acrylic dentures.  
Biocompatible: Chrome cobalt is hypoallergenic and biocompatible, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions.  
Strong Clasps: Clasps are part of the metal framework, offering superior strength and stability.  

Discreet strength: The look and feel of chrome dentures

The marriage of materials in our chrome dentures delivers exceptional aesthetics alongside superior comfort. A gum-colored acrylic layer conceals the core framework, allowing you to smile with confidence and minimal visibility of metal.

The lightweight, high-strength metal base is significantly thinner than traditional acrylic dentures. This reduces coverage of your palate, enhancing your ability to savor the taste and texture of your favorite foods. Unobtrusive metal clasps (when needed for partial dentures) provide excellent retention for your natural teeth.

But why just read about it? Our friendly team at Northern Rivers Denture Clinic welcomes you to experience the difference firsthand. We'd be happy to show you a chrome denture and let you see and feel the benefits for yourself.

Craving a new smile faster? Chrome dentures delivered swiftly

We understand the desire for a quick return to a confident smile. That's why we're proud to offer chrome cobalt dentures with a faster turnaround time than you might expect. Despite the advanced technology involved, our skilled dental technicians at Northern Rivers dental laboratory can craft your new light alloy dentures (chrome cobalt) in as little as three weeks. This means you can experience the benefits of strength, comfort, and aesthetics sooner rather than later.

Explore your partial denture options: Beyond chrome cobalt

At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, conveniently located in Tweed Heads, we take pride in crafting high-quality partial dentures right here in our on-site laboratory. This ensures close collaboration and quality control throughout the process. We never outsource your dentures overseas.

We understand you may be considering various options for partial dentures. While chrome cobalt dentures offer exceptional strength and durability, we also offer other choices, such as flexible partial dentures.

To learn more about these alternatives and compare them side-by-side with chrome cobalt dentures, visit our dedicated partial denture page by clicking the button below. Our friendly team is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the different materials and their unique benefits.

Metal vs. acrylic partial dentures: Choosing what's right for you

Cobalt chrome dentures

Acrylic dentures

Very thin and lightweight Thicker and bulkier in the mouth
Less conspicuous and more aesthetically
More noticeable
Stronger More likely to break if dropped
More palate exposed Covers more palate
Clasps are integral part of metal framework
therefore stronger
Clasps are embedded in acrylic and can break off
Better retention in the mouth  
Fracture resistant Not as strong – will fracture if dropped
More difficult to repair Can be repaired

Effortless care for your chrome dentures

The good news is that chrome cobalt dentures are naturally resistant to plaque buildup thanks to their non-porous and corrosion-resistant properties. This makes cleaning a breeze! Simply use a denture brush, mild soap, and warm running water to keep your dentures fresh. For more detailed cleaning instructions, visit our denture care page.

Avoid harsh or abrasive cleaning products, as they can damage the surface and luster of your chrome dentures. While the teeth on your dentures may stain over time, similar to natural teeth, a professional cleaning at our on-site Tweed Heads dental laboratory can restore their original shine.

Denture brush for chrome denture

Peace of mind with Australian-made dentures

At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we believe in providing exceptional quality and peace of mind. That's why we proudly craft our dentures right here in Australia, ensuring they meet the highest standards for safety and durability.

Here's why choosing Australian-made dentures is a wise investment:Australian Made logo

  • Unmatched Safety: Australian dentures adhere to strict regulations, guaranteeing the use of biocompatible materials that won't compromise your health.
  • Superior Quality: Australian craftsmanship is renowned for meticulous attention to detail, resulting in dentures that are strong, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Local Expertise: Choosing a local provider allows for easy communication, personalized service, and the ability to address any concerns promptly.
  • Durability & Repairability: Australian-made dentures are built to last, using high-quality materials that can be repaired if needed. This translates to long-term value for your investment.

We understand that cost can be a factor. However, the potential risks associated with overseas-manufactured dentures, including questionable materials and limited recourse for issues, can outweigh the initial savings.

At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we take pride in our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We guarantee your satisfaction with our Australian-made dentures, so you can smile with confidence and peace of mind.

Frequently asked questions

See our Denture Care page for comprehensive advice on cleaning your chrome dentures and maintaining your oral health. As a general guide, washing under warm running water with a special denture brush and pure soap, then rinsing in warm water is the safest and most effective method. Take care to avoid harmful agents like bleach or abrasive cleaners which are harmful to the appearance and structure of your denture, potentially shortening its life.

Each type of removeable partial denture has its advantages and disadvantages relating to durability, comfort, fit, aesthetics, price, and repairability. Consult the comparison Cobalt Chrome Dentures V Acrylic Dentures table above for more information.

The chrome partial denture cost depends on factors like each patient’s unique clinical needs, how many teeth need replacing, and other customisations they might want. Currently (2024) prices begin at $1680.

Generally, you can expect your chrome cobalt dentures to last between 5 – 10 years. This depends on the individual wearer; how much bone loss and shrinkage they experience over time, their loss of additional teeth, and how well they care for the denture. Despite having better fracture resistance and durability than acrylic dentures, denture repairs or alterations made to chrome cobalt dentures can be less reliable in certain cases.

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We believe in informed decisions. That's why we offer free 30-minute consultations to all our patients, new and existing. During this no-pressure appointment, we'll discuss your denture needs and goals, provide a personalised treatment plan and clear cost estimate, with no obligation to proceed. We want you to feel comfortable and empowered.

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