There are many options today for the partial replacement of teeth. You may have a chrome
partial with denture teeth set in acrylic. Acrylic based partials with wrought iron clasp with
denture teeth and flexible material with denture teeth. All of these products work for the vast
majority of oral situation for patients. Today I would like to share more about the flexible partial
material and why I think it is a great choice to replace teeth.
Duraflex is a thermal plastic material that is virtually unbreakable, stain resistant, order resistant
and is very thin.
The most common concern about Duraflex is that it is hard to adjust and polish. Made with a
state of the art material Duraflex partial resolves that problem. The material will not gum up
acrylic burs and with the polishing wheels designed by Duraflex they are easily polished. The
yellow brush is the most important when used correctly. To remove all of the small impurities, at
the de-flasking stage, the remaining wheels will be used to bring the appliance to a high shine.
You can design a flexible partial to fit any situation. Some of the great advantages of the
material is that it is very light and thin. You can then easily design these partials over tori that
would normally be difficult with a chrome framework. You may design and also contour the
material around weaker teeth in order to promote a more stable and stronger appliance. Most
patients love the fact that when put in for the first time these partials snap into place and
disappear and are said to be very comfortable.
A flexible partial used as a provisional restoration are very reasonable in price. They tend to last
longer than acrylic based partials. The color of the Duraflex material blends well with
surrounding tissue. If contoured around the teeth, that are clasped, the prostheses will be very
comfortable and last considerably longer then an acrylic based partial or flipper.
The Duraflex material can be made extremely thin which helps comfort for the patient. The
thinner the material the more flexible it will become. The material is amazingly strong even at
this thinner size. Each of the teeth are specifically ground through with holes in each tooth so
that the thermoplastic material will make a mechanical bond to each of the teeth. Unlike acrylic
that bonds to the denture teeth chemically. Losing teeth out of a Duraflex partial seldom ever
happens because of this technique which allows this material and the denture teeth to act as
In conclusion I would offer a flexible partial to patients who fit the criteria, as a comfortable
appliance that will last a long period of time, and help them with a visually appealing smile and
the ability to chew and enjoy food. Duraflex is strong, natural looking, and affordable.
If you are interested in sending cases to our lab or have questions about Duraflex partials for your patients, feel free to email us or give us a call – (801)-484-1750