When you have missing teeth, there are a few different options for replacing them. You’re probably already familiar with traditional dentures, dental implants, and bridges, but have you heard of flexible dentures? This solution is growing in popularity, but it’s not a good fit for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of flexible dentures to consider before making your decision.
What Are Flexible Dentures?
One of the most common complaints patients have about traditional dentures is that they are uncomfortable. Between the acrylic base, metal support structure, and porcelain or resin teeth, a denture is quite rigid, often causing sores and irritation in the mouth. Flexible dentures have a soft, clear base that allows your own gums to show through. They’re made with a high-tech thermoplastic material and there are no attachments or clips needed to hold them in place, resulting in a denture that’s more comfortable and flexible.
Advantages of Flexible Dentures
Here are some of the benefits of flexible dentures over traditional dentures:
- Flexible dentures are BPA-free and because they are made without metal, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
- Flexible dentures are thin, lightweight, and pliable, which means they’re more comfortable than traditional dentures. There’s no long adjustment period needed when you start wearing them.
- Flexible dentures do not absorb odors or stains.
- Flexible dentures are more durable than traditional dentures and can even last a lifetime. Thanks to their flexibility, they will not shatter or crack if they are dropped.
- Flexible dentures have a more realistic appearance than traditional dentures because of their clear base.
- Flexible dentures attach to your gums without denture pastes, adhesives, or clasps.
- Flexible dentures are typically manufactured faster and require fewer appointments.
With so many advantages, it’s easy to see why patients are increasingly turning to flexible dentures as a replacement for their natural teeth.
Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures
Despite their many benefits, there are some downsides to consider when it comes to flexible dentures.
- Flexible dentures often cost more than traditional dentures.
- Flexible dentures don’t match the bite strength of implant-supported dentures.
- Flexible dentures are vulnerable to bacteria buildup, making them unsuitable for patients who have a history of gum disease or are unable to clean their dentures regularly.
- Flexible dentures are not as easy to fit as traditional dentures and require a skilled dentist familiar with the product.
Regarding this last point, it’s important to seek out a dentist who has experience designing, fitting, and adjusting flexible dentures to ensure that they fit and function properly. At Total Dental Care, you’ll never have to worry about getting the right fit because our doctors are experienced in working with flexible dentures. During your consultation, we’ll help you decide if flexible dentures are the best solution for your needs.