Losing teeth is common these days, and to accommodate for the problem, scientists have developed different denture types which patients can use and replace some or all of their lost teeth. The problem with regular dentures is in the fact they need to be carefully and precisely adjusted in order to make a perfect fit, which is essential for every day usage. Because of this problem, new types of dentures have been developed that take care of this problem by being self adjustable, or have a bigger flexibility to them by default. Flexible partial dentures are slowly taking over regular dentures due to the fact these are easier to fit, need less adjustment and also cost less.
Flexible partial dentures vs. Regular dentures
As I’ve mentioned before, regular dentures are far more bulky and harder to fit, as they are originally manufactured to fit a specific teeth group. Any errors during the manufacturing process become obvious only when it is already being mounted, and then it’s too late. Chances are you can stretch or adjust it to fit snuggly, but the patient might experience serious pain for a longer period of time and might eventually give up on it. To overcome these issues, Flexible partial dentures offer far more flexibility as well as adjustability to have that little extra space to work with. Because of this, there are no special adjusting procedures necessary in order to have these fitted properly, and the patient can actually fit them by himself. Removal and reinstallation of the denture is therefore a lot easier to do. A lot of people think of this to be the biggest pro of the whole design because if you need to take the dentures off every night, it gets rather tedious once it starts to get stuck onto your gums.
Flexible partial dentures modeling
Design and manufacturing of Flexible partial dentures is significantly cheaper and simpler to do, due to the fact it does not require highly precise detailing in shape and contour. The materials used for these dentures are ceramic and a rubber like material. Now, this rubber material is not rubber in the true sense of the word, because of the fact rubber does not relax enough when introduced to body heat. Therefore, you can consider this rubbery material to have significantly lower relaxation temperature which allows it to be bendable when mounted. Over time it will adjust itself to the contour of your gums, but you can also make it happen quicker by adjusting it with your hands. Another good thing about these is the fact denture fixtures react better with this newer material compared to the older one, meaning these won’t get off on their own.
Prices of Flexible partial dentures
The cost of Flexible partial dentures and installation of the same highly depends on your dental insurance plan and how big of a denture we are talking about. All in all, it really does represent a quality alternative to the older models, especially because they cost less while doing the same thing better.