Partial DenturesTraditional removable partial dentures fill in the space left behind when you lose a few teeth in the same area of your mouth. False teeth are set into an acrylic gum colored base that rests on your gums. The denture itself is secured by metal clasps that attach to adjacent healthy teeth. Partial dentures, much like full dentures, are meant to be removed every night to be cleaned. Traditional partial dentures, however, can be uncomfortable, due to the rigid acrylic base. Dr. Keith Cooper has the solution: flexible partial dentures.
Flexible Partial DenturesFlexible partial dentures are similar to traditional partial dentures in the sense that they are meant to be removed at night for cleaning. The base for flexible partial dentures, though, is made with a flexible resin material, rather than the hard, acrylic material that can often rub your gums and lead to sores. The resin base allows for a superior fit and stability, and the flexible nature of the material allows these dentures to adapt easily to your mouth. And, these dentures are so lightweight and comfortable, you will forget that you are even wearing them. Despite the difference in the material used for the base, flexible partial dentures are still strong enough to allow you to enjoy all of your favorite foods.
Benefits of Flexible Partial DenturesFlexible partial dentures offer a few of other benefits beyond comfort. First, the process for getting these dentures is much faster. With traditional partial dentures, molds are taken of your mouth that are sent off to a lab. The acrylic base is heat-cured, which means that the base often shrinks, meaning that alterations may be needed to ensure a proper fit. Resin bases won’t shrink upon creation, which means there is less of a chance that alterations will be needed, allowing you to get your dentures that much faster.
A second benefit of flexible partial dentures is that they look much more natural than traditional partial dentures. The resin can be gum-colored, but also transparent, allowing your natural gums to show through, and helping the base to blend seamlessly with your gums. And, what’s more is that they don’t rely on metal clasps to secure them in place.
A third benefit of flexible partial dentures is in their durability. With traditional partial dentures, you must always handle them with care, and remove them over a folded towel or sink filled with water to prevent breakage in the event that you accidentally drop them. Flexible partial dentures, on the other hand, are practically unbreakable. So, if they do slip from your fingers while cleaning, they are much less likely to crack or break when they hit the counter, saving you the need to buy a new set.
If you are looking for a comfortable alternative to traditional removable partial dentures, ask Dr. Keith Cooper about flexible partial dentures. Call us today at (669) 244-1550 to schedule your appointment!