Partial False Teeth: The Pros and Cons of Flexible Dentures

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One of the best things about modern dentistry is that you have plenty of options for false teeth. When it comes time to make a decision though, this may feel a bit more frustrating than expected. How do you decide on the best fake teeth option for your smile? For replacing a few missing teeth, some of your best options are dental implants, traditional partial dentures, and flexible dentures.

At Rockville Dental Arts, our team is ready to answer all the questions you may have to help you make the right false teeth decision for you. With a thorough exam and consultation, we can take a closer look at how the pros and cons of your different fake teeth options will apply to the help of your smile and create a personalized solution.

To better help you understand your choices, in this article we’ll take a closer look at an option you may not have heard of: flexible dentures. What are they? Who are they best for? And will they make your smile look natural?

Let’s dive in.


The Difference Between Traditional And Flexible Denturespartial false teeth


Traditional false teeth are made from stiff materials. The partial traditional dentures are made from a pink acrylic for the gums with fake teeth attached and metal to help hold them in place. They are designed to attempt to stay discreet. However, they do have metal inside of them, which both makes them stiffer and can create a small problem toward keeping them unseen when you smile. An experienced dentist will help work with this to make sure they stay as natural looking and feeling as possible.

Traditional partial dentures are still a strong option that are convenient and affordable. They also offer the traditional benefits of fake teeth, like filling in the gaps in your smile, making it more natural to eat, and keeping your natural teeth in place.

The difference between more modern flexible dentures and traditional options is that the flexible version is made from softer plastic materials. This gives a number of benefits many patients prefer over the traditional option, but also some new challenges.

The Advantages of Flexible Denturesflexible dentures


They’re comfortable. For people new to dentures, these are a more comfortable option for false teeth. They are custom made for your mouth, lightweight, and flexible. This can make the adjustment period a lot easier.

They are a durable solution. Traditional dentures are more prone to cracking and other problems, as they are made from stiffer materials.

The flexible material makes for more natural looking fake teeth. There is no metal to worry about being seen and the pink material for the gums tends to appear more natural than traditional partial dentures.

There is no metal. Again, this makes them appear more natural. It also means people with metal allergies can use flexible dentures safely.

They are easy to custom design for the patient. The process for designing custom flexible dentures takes less time at the dentist for the patient to get a great fit that works well.

The Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures


The biggest disadvantage to these partial false teeth for patients is that the flexible material is more prone to growing bacteria on the surface. This can be overcome with thorough and proper care for the partial dentures.

Our dental team at Rockville Dental Arts will go over how to clean the fake teeth thoroughly and answer any questions you may have to ensure you can properly care for them in the long term.

Or maybe you should consider dental implants

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Making The Right Decision For Your False Teeth


Are you convinced of the right solution for your partial tooth replacement? It’s natural to waver on what the right decision is for your smile. That’s why our team is always ready to answer any questions you may have.

We see patients with a variety of backgrounds and needs every day. It’s important to have a team you can trust at your back to help you make the right decision for your needs.

Flexible dentures are an excellent decision for many people with missing teeth. They’ll keep your smile looking natural, help you feel more confident, and keep your remaining teeth from moving in your mouth.

Do you have more questions? Please contact us using the form on this website or by calling our office and we’ll be happy to help you.



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    Avatar for Diane Nelms

    Can a tooth be added to flexible dentures?

      Avatar for Dennis Norkiewicz, DDS

      Unfortunately No. You would probably need a new denture. Dr. Norkiewicz

    Avatar for Kristine

    My upper flexible partial is making an impression on the roof of my mouth. I’ve also been having sinus problems, mostly blocked sinuses & parched mouth, which started 4-5 months after getting the flexible one. I had an acrylic one befoe this. Is it possible that the flexible partial is causing my sinus issues? No sign of a sinus infection.

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