Flexible vs. Cast Partial Dentures: Which Is Best for You?

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Flexible vs. Cast Partial Dentures: Which Is Best for You?

When you’ve reached the point of needing dentures, you’ve made a critical decision for your oral health. Dentures are vital tooth replacements that guard your oral health and help you eat nutritiously and chew normally. 

But not all dentures are the same — and that’s good news. 

Jason Alsbury, LD, and our team at Apex Denture Studio offer a variety of dentures to fit our patients' varied needs. Two of our most popular are flexible partial dentures and cast partial dentures.

Here, we walk you through the details of each type so you can decide which (if either) is right for you.  

Flexible partial dentures

As the name suggests, flexible partial dentures are made from flexible materials. That may sound odd, considering dentures are meant to replace rigid, sturdy teeth, but rest assured, these flexible dentures are up for the task.

They’re hard enough to withstand all your favorite foods yet less susceptible to breaking and cracking. 

Flexible partial dentures offer a flawless aesthetic and function without wearing down your gums.

Cast partial dentures

Cast partial dentures, while not as pliable as flexible dentures, are still made from some of the lightest materials available. We create them to fit the unique contours of your mouth for ultimate comfort and function. 

Cast partial dentures offer the same benefits as flexible partial dentures, but they’re also odor and stain-resistant and less porous than other types. 

You may need to be more careful with cast partial dentures as they’re slightly easier to break or damage if you chew on hard foods or drop them. But don’t worry: We specialize in denture repairs and can fix flexible and cast partial dentures if they become damaged. 

The bottom line

The best way to determine which type of dentures is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alsbury. He reviews your oral health history and cosmetic goals to help you make the right decision. 

Both denture types provide a seamless smile, healthier teeth and gums, and long-lasting results. But if you’re looking for more comfort and ease, flexible partial dentures may be your best option. Those in the market for more durability may benefit from cast partial dentures. 

If, in the end, you discover that neither type is right for you, we talk about your other options, including complete dentures, interim dentures, and implant retained dentures

We’re excited to partner with you on your tooth replacement journey and look forward to discussing your options. When you’re ready to start, don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff at 509-204-8305 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in the Yakima and Richland, Washington, areas.