If you’re missing teeth, you may be weighing your choices for replacing them. You likely already know about traditional dentures, dental implants, and bridges, but what about flexible dentures? This option is becoming increasingly popular with patients who want to replace missing teeth, but they have both pros and cons.
What Are Flexible Dentures?
One of the common complaints people have about traditional dentures is the discomfort in wearing them. The acrylic base, metal support structure, and porcelain or resin teeth can be rigid and cause sores in the mouth. In contrast, flexible dentures use a soft, clear base that allows your own gums to show through. There are no clips or attachments needed and they’re made from a thermoplastic material, making them flexible (hence the name) and comfortable.
Benefits of Flexible Dentures
Here are some of the reasons you might choose a flexible denture over a traditional denture:
- Flexible dentures are BPA-free and less likely to cause allergic reactions because they contain no metal.
- Flexible dentures are thin, lightweight, and flexible, making them much more comfortable than traditional dentures. While traditional dentures have a long adjustment period, flexible dentures are easy to get used to.
- Flexible dentures do not absorb smells or stains.
- Flexible dentures are more durable and can even last a lifetime. Because of their flexibility, they are unlikely to crack or shatter if you drop them.
- Flexible dentures look more natural because they don’t have the pink acrylic base of traditional dentures.
- Flexible dentures don’t require metal clasps or denture adhesives—they adhere to your gums on their own.
- Flexible dentures offer an easier process, as they are manufactured faster and don’t require as many appointments.
As you can see, flexible dentures are an exciting option that offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures
There are many benefits of flexible dentures, but it’s still important to consider that they have a few downsides as well.
- Flexible dentures can cost more than traditional dentures.
- Flexible dentures don’t offer the bite strength of dental implants.
- Flexible dentures are more likely to have bacteria buildup. This makes it important to clean your dentures regularly. If you have a history of gum disease, this may mean flexible dentures aren’t a good choice for you.
- Flexible dentures are difficult for inexperienced dental professionals to fit and adjust.
Given this last point, it’s important to find a dentist who has expertise in designing, fitting, and adjusting flexible dentures if you’re interested in this type of restoration. Dr. Coats has experience working with flexible dentures, so you’ll never have to worry about getting the right fit when you choose TMJ Plus Wellness Center. In addition, her extensive experience with this type of restoration and others means she can help you decide which option is best for your unique needs.