Flexible Dentures Explained

Karim Shokraee 8 minute read Published: 11/06/2024

Flexible Dentures Explained

Introduction to Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are dental prosthetics used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to fit comfortably around your existing teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics. If you’ve lost a few teeth due to injury, decay, or other reasons, partial dentures can help you regain your smile and your ability to eat and speak effectively.

Unlike full dentures that replace an entire set of teeth, partial dentures fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. They attach to your natural teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments, providing stability and preventing other teeth from shifting.

What are Flexible Dentures?

Flexible dentures are a type of partial denture made from a soft, flexible material. Unlike traditional rigid dentures, they are made from a thermoplastic nylon resin, which offers a more comfortable and natural fit. Flexible dentures are particularly beneficial for patients who find traditional acrylic or metal dentures uncomfortable or irritating.

These dentures are designed to flex and adapt to the contours of your gums, providing a snug fit without the need for metal clasps. This flexibility not only enhances comfort but also makes the dentures less likely to break if dropped.

What are the Advantages of Flexible Dentures?

Flexible dentures come with several advantages that make them an attractive option for many patients:

  • Comfortable Fit: The flexible material conforms to the shape of your gums, reducing the risk of sore spots and irritation.
  • Lightweight: Flexible dentures are lighter than traditional dentures, making them easier to wear for extended periods.
  • Natural Appearance: The material used in flexible dentures can be matched to the color of your gums, providing a more natural look.
  • Durability: The thermoplastic resin is highly durable and resistant to breaking, even if the dentures are dropped.
  • Non-Invasive: No need for metal clasps means less impact on your existing teeth and a more comfortable overall experience.

What are the Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures?

Despite their many benefits, flexible dentures do have some disadvantages:

  • Cost: Flexible dentures can be more expensive than traditional dentures due to the advanced materials used.
  • Adjustment Difficulties: Because of their flexibility, these dentures may be more challenging to adjust or repair compared to traditional options.
  • Not Suitable for All: Flexible dentures may not be appropriate for all types of tooth loss or for patients with certain oral health conditions.
  • Cleaning Requirements: Flexible dentures require careful cleaning to prevent bacterial buildup and maintain their appearance and longevity.
  • “Gum Stripper” Dentures: In some cases, flexible dentures can act as “gum strippers.” This occurs when the soft material of the dentures rubs against the gums excessively, leading to irritation, soreness, and even gum recession over time. Patients who experience this issue may need to seek alternative solutions or have their dentures adjusted by their dentist.

Can You Get Full Flexible Dentures?

Full flexible dentures are not available. If you are looking for a more comfortable option, we recommend discussing full dentures with a soft lining with your dentist. These dentures offer enhanced comfort due to the soft lining, which cushions your gums and reduces irritation.

However, it’s important to note that more maintenance is required with these dentures. The soft lining can wear out over time and may need to be replaced periodically to maintain comfort and functionality. Regular dental checkups are essential to ensure your dentures remain in good condition and to address any issues promptly.

How Do You Look After Flexible Dentures?

Proper care is essential to maintain the appearance and longevity of your flexible dentures. Here are some tips to help you look after them:

  • Daily Cleaning: Clean your dentures daily using a soft toothbrush and a mild denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and damage the denture material.
  • Avoid Hot Water: Do not use hot water to clean your dentures, as it can cause the material to warp. Instead, use lukewarm water.
  • Soak Overnight: Keep your dentures in a denture solution or plain water overnight to maintain their shape and prevent them from drying out.
  • Handle with Care: Be gentle when handling your dentures to avoid damaging them. Hold them over a soft surface, such as a folded towel, when cleaning to prevent breakage if dropped.
  • Regular Checkups: Visit your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures fit well and to address any issues that may arise.

Before and After Flexible Dentures

Seeing the difference that flexible dentures can make can be inspiring. Below are some examples of before and after photos to illustrate the transformation:

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Meet Dr Steph: A Dentist with a Special Interest in Removable Prosthodontics

When it comes to creating the perfect fitting dentures, the skill and expertise of the dentist play a significant role. That’s where Dr. Steph comes in. As a dentist with a Special Interest in Removable Prosthodontics, Dr. Steph is a master in crafting the best fitting dentures possible.

Her dedication and meticulous attention to detail set her apart in the field. Not only does she apply her expertise to patient care at Vallance Dental Centre, but she also shares her knowledge by teaching other dentists and technicians the art of creating the perfect dentures. Her passion for her craft is evident in every set of dentures she creates.

We are incredibly proud to work with Dr. Steph, whose commitment to excellence helps us provide some of the best dentures in the North West. With her skills and our commitment to patient care, we are confident that we can provide you with dentures that not only fit perfectly but also restore your smile and confidence.

Ready to experience the difference a professional like Dr. Steph can make? Get in touch with us today.