Types of Dentures: Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures are custom-made dental installations that rely on unique resin products to achieve a less rigid design. These new kinds of dentures are popular for those who struggle with the conventional acrylic base of dentures that may wear wrong, irritate the gums or generally fail to provide a comfortable result. Dentists and their patients are often interested in what these newer and more versatile products can do to better outfit those with a history of tooth decay (or who need dental prosthetics to function).

Benefits of Flexible Dentures

Flexible dentures help some dental patients to avoid some kinds of pain associated with the old style denture models. A flexible resin coating allows for a custom fit, with hard synthetic teeth still imbedded in the design to help with chewing food. Some dentists also argue that flexible dentures help achieve greater stability relative to the jaw line. All of this translates to be prime benefit of flexible denture products: comfort. Those who have found, for example, that even the simple back and forth action of chewing causes gum pain with traditional dentures may be able to find relief in new and more precise fitting flexible varieties of denture products.

In addition to these benefits, flexible dentures are also designed to be porous and to “breathe” better than some other kinds of dentures. This helps prevent the buildup of bacteria on the dentures, and is another reason that these innovative denture products are so popular with some patients.

Durability of Flexible Dentures

Because the flexible dentures have a more versatile design, they are much less likely to break on impact. Those with conventional dentures have often seen that these items can crack or shatter when dropped on the floor or when they contact some other hard surface. With the design of flexible dentures, this is unlikely to happen.

Maintaining Flexible Dentures

Individuals who have flexible dentures still need to maintain them in some of the same ways that traditional acrylic-based dentures need to be cared for. Manufacturers recommend soaking flexible dentures for 10 to 15 minutes nightly. Denture wearers should also clean the flexible dentures with water to keep particles off of the surfaces, and store flexible dentures appropriately when they are not being worn. Just like with other dentures, individuals still have to brush the remaining teeth and gum lines in order to prevent additional tooth decay or periodontal problems like gingivitis.

If you are interested in the ways that flexible dentures can help with your specific dental conditions, talk to your regular dentist about the cost and benefits included in getting yourself either for partial flexible denture plates. The process for getting flexible dentures is generally non-invasive, but good pre-treatment consultation will help you make up your mind about what kinds of dental solutions are best for you, how you will afford different kinds of denture products, and how you will manage the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of denture.

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