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By Dr. Juan Carlos Sánchez

If you’re here, you likely have questions about removable prostheses. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. In this article, I’ll explain everything you need to know about this dental solution. So, let’s dive right in!

Clínica Dental Cerca De Mí
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What Are Removable Prostheses?

Removable prostheses are dental devices that replace missing teeth. They are designed to be easily taken out and put back in. There are three main types: acrylic, flexible skeletal, and others that are emerging. In this article, we’ll focus on the classic options.

Acrylic Removable Prostheses: A Thorough Explanation

Acrylic prostheses are made of rigid plastic and are commonly used when a patient has few remaining teeth. The pink part of the prosthesis, which sits on the gums, is made of pure acrylic. Its purpose is to adapt to the gums, creating a seal that prevents the prosthesis from falling out or moving around.

While acrylic prostheses may not provide the same level of retention as their skeletal counterparts, they do offer the advantage of versatility. If additional teeth are lost in the future, more can be added to the existing prosthesis.

Skeletal Removable Prostheses: A Sturdy Option

Skeletal prostheses consist of a metal structure with hooks that hold onto the remaining natural teeth. This type of prosthesis offers better retention compared to acrylic ones. The metal structure ensures a secure fit, preventing the prosthesis from falling out while eating or speaking.

However, it’s important to note that skeletal prostheses rely on the remaining natural teeth for support. Over time, this can lead to wear and tear on the healthy teeth. Therefore, it’s recommended to remove skeletal prostheses at night to give your gums and teeth a rest.

Flex Removable Prostheses: A Comfortable Alternative

Flex prostheses are similar to acrylic ones in terms of their structure and function. However, they are made from a more flexible material. This increased flexibility offers added comfort when wearing the prosthesis.

One notable feature of flex prostheses is that the hooks, which attach to the remaining teeth, are gum-colored, making them less noticeable. This avoids the squeaking that can occur with metal hooks.

Conclusion: Choosing the Right Removable Prostheses for You

When it comes to finding a suitable removable prosthesis, it’s essential to consider your specific dental needs. Acrylic prostheses are best for patients with few remaining teeth, while skeletal prostheses offer better retention. Flex prostheses provide a balance between comfort and functionality.

Remember, proper care and maintenance are crucial to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your removable prosthesis. Consult with your dentist to determine the best option for you and to address any concerns or questions you may have.

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