Flexible Partial Dentures
Here are some key things to know about flexible dentures:
- Flexible dentures are made of a soft, pliable plastic called thermoplastic resin that is designed to be more comfortable than traditional acrylic dentures.
- They conform to the shape of your gums better and distribute chewing pressure more evenly, making them feel more natural.
- Flexible dentures won’t crack or chip as easily as regular dentures and are more durable if accidentally dropped.
- They are more expensive than conventional dentures but can last up to 12 years with proper care, compared to 5-7 years for regular dentures.
- Flexible dentures require more frequent replacements of worn teeth due to the soft material.
- The flexible plastic stains more easily than acrylic so requires diligent cleaning and may need more frequent remaking.
- You’ll need multiple fittings and adjustments to ensure the flexible base fits properly against your gums.
- See your dentist regularly for exams and cleaning, as you’ll still need to maintain good oral health.
- Flexible dentures can take some adjustment at first but provide a very comfortable, customized fit for many wearers.
Discuss your options with your dentist to see if flexible dentures might be right for you.