Monday, June 13, 2011

Flexible Dentures

Q:  I love your column and read it all the time without fail. Has there been any new technology in dentures? They still seem to be quite primitive...S.M. in Pasadena

A:  Thanks for the positive feedback.

An improvement in dentures would be “flexible” dentures such as Valplast dentures. Seldom taught in dental schools or in continuing education courses, this technique can fill a very useful niche of patients. Advantages are: fewer forces on the natural teeth they clip to, fracture resistant, no ugly metal clasps, available in various shades of pink and clear, no metallic taste, non-allergenic and lower cost. Flexible dentures can offer a comfortable and esthetic alternative for those who do not have the financial means for conventional or implant retained prostheses.

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