FLEXIBLE DENTURES: A flexible option to treat edentulous patients

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 Flexible 8/2/12 .INTRODUCTION  The fabrication of prosthesis for edentulous arches encounters a special challenge when soft tissue and bony undercuts. dentures have emerged as a viable option to treat edentulous conditions. interferences. tilted teeth and deranged occlusion are present.

EVOLUTION  Nylon  Teflon  Acetal  plastics introduced in 1950s. like fluoro polymers – 1962 ( unbreakable thermoplatic resin material ) – 1971 Recently – Flexible resin system introduced and is popularly used due to its excellent durability denture material is a nylon based thermoplastic denture base material. 8/2/12  Flexible .

Can be made thin.Advantages  Aesthetics  Good – Translucency of the material picks up underlying tissue tones strength.Patient comfort accuracy well in undercut areas  Better  Adapts  Biocompatibility 8/2/12 .

OTHER APPLICATIONS  Fabricating  Sleep nightguards apnoea appliances in the oral and facial areas  Microstomia  Scarring 8/2/12 .

of teeth as polyamide denture base material does not chemically bond with acrylic resin. Mechanical bonding by 8/2/12  No  Debonding .Disadvantages  No way of controlling and understanding the way stresses are transmitted is technique sensitive  Discoloration  Processing  Patients with less vertical dimension and small crown length are unfit cases for flexible denture. repair or reline is feasible.

careful case selection and clinical judgement is required to use flexible dentures in appropriate situations in order to obtain a successful treatment outcome.  However 8/2/12 . thermoplastic materials have occupied an envious place for making complete and partial dentures.CONCLUSION  Due to their ability of excellent mouldability and high thermal strength.