Flexible dentures are a type of partial dentures that have become increasingly popular due to their comfort and natural-looking appearance. They are made from a soft and flexible material that is secured with invisible clasps that surround the natural teeth. While they offer many advantages, there are also some drawbacks to consider. The main advantage of flexible dentures is their comfort.
Unlike rigid prostheses, they are very gentle on the gums and don't transfer as much force to them, so they won't cause as much gum pain. They also don't have metal hooks or clasps, and they don't have stiff, sharp edges. Additionally, they are removable and fixed around the remaining teeth, so they don't remain immovable during use. Flexible dentures are also more aesthetically pleasing than traditional dentures because they use transparent or fabric-colored clasps to surround natural teeth instead of the highly visible metal tweezers.
They are also less expensive than traditional dentures because only one section of the teeth is replaced. However, there are some drawbacks to consider when it comes to flexible dentures. One of the main disadvantages is that they don't match the bite force of implant-supported dentures. Additionally, the material used in flexible partial dentures may be prone to bacterial accumulation, making them unsuitable for patients with a history of gum disease or who cannot clean their dentures regularly.
Flexible dentures are also not as good a replacement for missing teeth as implants and may not be an appropriate option for all patients. Furthermore, if a significant number of teeth are missing or if the remaining teeth are intercalated, there may not be good support for flexible partial dentures. Lastly, if a patient needs to replace more than one subsection or if they need a complete set, flexible dentures may not be the right choice.It's important to practice regular oral hygiene and brush your partial dentures every day to prevent bacterial buildup and gingivitis. As long as the partial one doesn't break and no more teeth are lost, a flexible denture can last five or more years.
However, if it does break, it's not as easily repaired as traditional dentures.If you're considering getting flexible dentures, it's important to consult with your dentist first to determine if they're the right option for you. Future Smiles Denture Clinic offers a variety of denture solutions and services, such as flexible dentures or denture remodeling, for patients in the Calgary area.