Are Flexible Dentures Right For You?

If you are looking for a temporary solution to tooth loss or do not want to wear a traditional removable partial denture, there is an alternative. Flexible dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures and are a good for both temporary and permanent use. If you are considering flexible dentures, here is what you need to know. 

What Are Flexible Dentures?

Flexible dentures is composed of a combination of plastic and nylon that is designed to fit to your teeth without the need for alterations. The denture blends with your natural teeth so that other people do not notice it. 

Since the dentures also contain plastic, they can change shape if exposed to high heat. This means that the dentist is able to better fit them to your teeth and mouth with the use of heat.

Why Should You Use Flexible Dentures?

There are several advantages to wearing flexible dentures instead of traditional removable partial dentures. One of the main reasons is that they are durable and strong. They also help to keep your natural teeth from shifting and moving into the spaces left by missing teeth. This is especially important if you are planning to seek out a more permanent solution, such as dental implants. 

Unlike traditional removable partial dentures, flexible dentures do not have any visible clasps. The traditional dentures rely on clasps to help support them and keep them in place. By contrast, flexible dentures fit with your teeth without the clasps. This also means a decreased chance of experiencing irritation, which is common with traditional dentures. 

How Are Flexible Dentures Cleaned?

Caring for flexible dentures is relatively simple. The most important thing to remember is that food and other debris can sometimes get trapped under the dentures. They must be removed to clean them. If not, bacteria can build up and cause dental problems. 

You also need to remember to remove the dentures at night. If you sleep with the dentures in, your saliva flow is hindered. Saliva is necessary to helping remove bacteria from your teeth. Place the dentures in a cleansing solution to help sanitize them. Look for a cleanser that is designed for the type of partial you have. 

Talk to your dentist about any other concerns that you have regarding flexible dentures. He or she can help you determine if you are a good candidate for the dentures and help you explore other options, if necessary.