For decades, people who have had to wear an artificial set of dentures have complained about the problems they experience in jaw movement, chewing process, even in swallowing the food at times. However, because of the rigidity and stronghold of the denture materials, the aforementioned problems seemed to have no solution at all. This was one of the main reasons, why people despite of having a loss of teeth, did not prefer to wear dentures. But now, teeth experts and dentists have come up with a solution for this hindrance, which is called flexible dentures. A new type of denture that shall solve all the previous bad experiences that the victims had to face.
What are flexible dentures?
- The flexible dentures are a kind of partial denture, but they are made of totally different components than conventional partial dentures. Usually, flexible dentures are constituted by a thin thermoplastic such as nylon, whereas a thicker, more rigid acrylic used for the formation of full dentures.
- In other words, these dentures are custom-made alternatives for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into the mouth, as per the convenience of the user. An amalgamation of porcelain, acrylic resin, nylon and chrome cobalt metal are used to make dentures.
- Porcelain was considered to be the preferred material for making denture teeth, but resin has taken over in popularity because it’s lighter and cheaper price, and the material sticks better to the denture base. It takes some time to get used to wearing dentures, and though it will never give the same comfort as natural teeth, however, today’s dentures have far better mouth compatibility and are more comfortable than ever.
Benefits of wearing flexible dentures
The popularity of the flexible denture is growing high day by for various reasons including the following ones.
- Flexible dentures become a lifesaver for patients who can’t or do not want to use regular dentures for their discomfort and muscle movement rigidity of the jaw lines. The biggest advantage is that they aren’t brittle, so they’re less likely to break if they’re dropped, and since dentures are mostly worn by older people, therefore chances of dropping the dentures remain quite high.
- They cling to the gums and don’t require denture adhesive or metal clasps to hold them in place. This gives the user almost the exact feeling as using natural teeth and becomes much more comfortable.
- The material is clear and allows the natural gum colour to show through. As wearing dentures shows the lack of teeth, therefore it might cause discomfort to the user when he/she attends any social occasion. With the transparency of the gum, nobody shall be able to tell the difference between a natural set of teeth, and flexible dentures.
- They don’t take long period to manufacture as regular dentures. A dentist has to usually measure the dimensions of each tooth before making the denture because a mismatch of the gum and denture alignment would not fit into the mouth of the user. However, due to the elasticity and rubber-like gum structure in flexible dentures, fitting of the denture in the gum socket is not a problem anymore.
A review published in the IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences mentions more advantages of these specialized dentures. Comfort is a major benefit, and patients often find chewing easier than when wearing regular dentures. Some patients are allergic to acrylic resin, nickel or other materials in traditional dentures, and some have difficulty opening their mouths wide. For these patients, the flexible variety may be the only type they can wear. Dentists may also recommend them to patients who have had missing teeth for a long time.
In other words, flexible dentures shall give its users a sense of comfort, as well the feeling of having their teeth back.