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What is the difference between rigid and flexible partial dentures? I'm going to need them for my upper teeth, and would like more opinions than just my dentist's about any differences or advantages to either kind. Thank you. .

What is the difference between rigid and flexible partial dentures? I'm going to need them for my upper teeth, and would like more opinions than just my dentist's  about any differences or advantages to either kind. Thank you.


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Depends on situation: Typically a rigid partial denture is comprised of a cast metal framework that supports gum colored acrylic and denture teeth .They are made by a dental laboratory from an accurate mould provided by the dentist. Flexible partial dentures are often a little bulkier (cover more gum and palate), patients like the gum clasps which are less visible than metal clasps of rigid partials. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are solf or flexable dentures a better way to go?

Not really: See a prosthodontist for an evaluation. They are the experts. The flexible prostheses rely in many ways on tissue support and not strong support from the remaining teeth. This leads to increased and uncontrolled force being placed on the tissues and underlying bone. This leads to accelerated bone loss. Do yourself a service and see the expert. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a flexible partial denture and a flipper?

What's the difference between a flexible partial denture and a flipper?

Temp vs Permannent: A flipper partial denture is more of a temporary acrylic partial that is meant to serve as a vehicle to further more permanent treatment in the future- implants, permanent partial, etc. It often is used to allow the tissue to heal first prior to getting a permanent prosthesis. A flexible partial serves as a permanent denture, especially for those who don't want metal or have teeth that are weak. ...Read more

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Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Compare valplast flexible vs. Metal single tooth denture for chewing & hot/cold drinks? Do they have different affects?

Hands down!: Replacing a single tooth with a flexible removable is silly, unless you really can't afford anything else and it is a front tooth that shows, or used for a short temporary replacement. A single implant supported crown is the best way to go, hands down! an implant crown will look and feel like your own tooth and last decades or a lifetime. A flexible partial will collect food, be annoying, etc. ...Read more

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Can u get a flexible partial denture if u got no back teeth?

Yes: As long as you have some teeth to support the partial denture, it is possible. You must remember that you will not have the support or retention that you would otherwise have it you had back teeth to help secure the partial denture in place. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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Dental: Is it likely that an experienced general dentist be as skilled as a prosthodontist in making a flexible partial denture (RPD)?

Dental: Is it likely that an experienced general dentist be as skilled as a prosthodontist in making a flexible partial denture (RPD)?

Probably: But a prosthodontist may not advocate a flexible partial. Flexible partials do not place forces on the abutment teeth in a predictable way. ...Read more

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How do dentures work?

Why dentures work: Dentures are plastic teeth and plastic gums fitted over the patients natural bone and overlying tissues. The are accurately fitted to replace those lost teeth and supporting bone. The upper largely stays in with a water seal over the spacious hard palate. The lower by good patient muscle control. The upper and lower teeth are set up to work in tandem for swallowing, speech, ; chewing. ...Read more

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What are dentures used for?

What are dentures used for?

For? Seriously?: For chewing! smiling! speaking! most patients think that dentures are replacements for teeth. They are not! they are optional treatment for no teeth. They don't work or feel like teeth, they are merely prosthetic replacements that allow the patient to accomplish some of the things that natural teeth do. They are movable, unless fixed by implants and removable unless screw-retained into implants. ...Read more

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How expensive are dentures?

Fees Vary: Your best bet is to get a treatment estimate from a local dentist in your town. ...Read more

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What to expect for dentures?

What to expect for dentures?

Lots of variables: There are many different types of dentures available these days. Traditional dentures to those held in with implants. Expectations will be different for each type and each person. See a well qualified dentist for a complete evaluation and consult for what will work best for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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