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Are Flexible Dentures Better Than Traditional Rigid Dentures?

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Flexible dentures, also known as flexible partial dentures or flexible removable partial dentures, are a type of dental prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional rigid dentures, which are typically made of acrylic or metal, flexible dentures are made from a flexible thermoplastic material, usually nylon or a similar polymer.

What's so good about flexible dentures?

Flexible dentures offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for patients who require partial dentures:

  1. Comfort: One of the primary benefits of flexible dentures is their enhanced comfort. The flexible material conforms to the shape of the gums and oral tissues, reducing pressure points and minimizing irritation. This can make wearing dentures more comfortable, particularly for patients who experience discomfort or sore spots with traditional rigid dentures.

  2. Natural appearance: Flexible dentures are designed to closely resemble the natural appearance of gums, making them more aesthetically pleasing compared to traditional dentures. The material can be tinted to match the color of the patient's gums, creating a seamless and natural-looking smile.

  3. Improved fit: The flexibility of the denture material allows for a more precise fit, ensuring better retention and stability in the mouth. This can help prevent slippage or movement of the dentures while speaking or eating, enhancing overall functionality.

  4. Durability: Flexible dentures are made from a strong and resilient thermoplastic material, such as nylon, which is resistant to fractures and breakage. Unlike traditional acrylic dentures, which may be prone to chipping or cracking, flexible dentures are more durable and long-lasting.

  5. Metal-free: Unlike traditional partial dentures, which may contain metal clasps or frameworks, flexible dentures are metal-free. This eliminates the need for visible metal components, resulting in a more discreet and natural-looking prosthesis.

  6. Biocompatibility: The materials used in flexible dentures are biocompatible, meaning they are unlikely to cause allergic reactions or irritation in most patients. This makes flexible dentures a suitable option for individuals with sensitive oral tissues or allergies to traditional denture materials.

  7. Easy maintenance: Flexible dentures are easy to clean and maintain. They can be brushed with a soft toothbrush and denture cleaner, just like natural teeth. Additionally, the flexible material is resistant to stains and odors, helping to maintain a fresh and clean appearance.

A great value package

At Hampton Dental Care, our experienced team can guide you through the entire denture process, from your check-up to your completed bespoke treatment plan. With options for 0% finance and digital scanning for amazing accuracy, we offer an unparalleled service that delivers amazing results.

Either contact our team today to ask about our denture options, or get started straight away by booking a check-up online via our website.


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