The Pros And Cons Of Flexible Dentures

The Pros And Cons Of Flexible Dentures

Dentures have been used for centuries as a solution for missing teeth. They have evolved from crude, ill-fitting devices to highly sophisticated, custom-made prosthetics. Today, those who have experienced tooth loss have options including complete dentures, partial dentures, and denture implants. In recent years, a new type of denture has been introduced to the market – flexible dentures. These dentures are made from a flexible, nylon-like material that is designed to fit snugly over the gums, providing a more comfortable fit than traditional dentures. In this blog, we'll explore the pros and cons of flexible dentures to help you decide if they are the right choice for you.

Flexible Dentures: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros of Flexible Dentures

  1. Comfortable: Flexible dentures are designed to be more comfortable than traditional dentures. They are made from a flexible, lightweight material that fits snugly over the gums, reducing the chances of irritation and sore spots.
  2. Aesthetically pleasing: Flexible dentures are made from a clear or gum-coloured material, which means they blend in with the natural colour of your gums, giving a more natural appearance.
  3. No need for adhesives: Because flexible dentures fit snugly over the gums, there is no need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
  4. Durable: Flexible dentures are made from a durable, long-lasting material that can withstand wear and tear.
  5. Less likely to break: Traditional dentures are made from a hard, rigid material that can break if dropped or mishandled. Flexible dentures are made from a more durable material that is less likely to break if dropped.
  6. Easy to Clean: Flexible dentures are much easier to clean than traditional dentures. They do not require any special cleaning solutions or techniques, and they can be easily brushed and rinsed like natural teeth.

Cons of Flexible Dentures

  1. More expensive: Flexible dentures can be more expensive than traditional dentures because they are made from a higher-quality material and the process of making flexible dentures is more complex and requires specialized equipment and expertise, which can contribute to the higher cost. However, the exact cost of flexible dentures may vary depending on several factors such as the location, the denturist, the complexity of the case, and the patient's individual needs. It is best to consult with a denturist to discuss the cost of different denture options and to determine which option is the best fit for your budget and oral health needs.
  2. Limited repair options: If a flexible denture breaks, it can be difficult to repair. In most cases, the entire denture will need to be replaced.
  3. Not suitable for all patients: Flexible dentures may not be suitable for patients with significant bone loss in their jaw, as the denture may not fit snugly enough to stay in place.
  4. Not as adjustable: Because flexible dentures are made from a different material than traditional dentures, they are not as adjustable. This means that if they do not fit perfectly, there is less room for adjustment.
  5. Limited availability: While flexible dentures are becoming more widely available, they may not be available from all denturists. Patients may need to do some research to find a denturist who is experienced in creating and fitting flexible dentures, which may be inconvenient for some patients.

To learn more about your options for flexible dentures, read What Are Flexible Dentures?.

Are Flexible Dentures A Good Option For You?

Flexible dentures have both pros and cons. They are more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and durable than traditional dentures, but they are also more expensive, less adjustable, and may not be suitable for all patients. If you are considering flexible dentures, it is important to discuss the pros and cons with your denturist to determine if they are the right choice for you. It is also important to remember that all dentures require care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and regular dental checkups can help extend the life of your dentures and keep your mouth healthy.

If you aren’t sure if flexible dentures are the right choice for you, speak to a Calgary denturist at Future Smiles Denture Clinic. We will discuss your goals for tooth replacement and determine which type of dentures are ideal for your lifestyle and budget so you can get the best dentures for your needs. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Who can’t use flexible dentures?
A: Flexible dentures are only made as partial dentures so a patient needs enough teeth to hold the dentures in place. Flexible dentures are also not recommended for people who have a history of extensive periodontal disease.

Q: How long do flexible dentures last?
A: Flexible dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 8 years, but their lifespan can depend on various factors such as the patient's oral hygiene habits, the amount of wear and tear they experience, and how well they are maintained. It is important to clean and care for flexible dentures regularly to ensure they last as long as possible.

Q: Can I eat normally with flexible dentures?
A: Yes, you should be able to eat normally with flexible dentures. They are designed to be comfortable and functional, and should not restrict your ability to eat or speak. However, it is important to follow your denturist's instructions and start with softer foods while you adjust to your new dentures.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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