Q: I love your column and read it every week without fail. Has there been any new technology in dentures? They still seem to be quite primitive. S.M. in Boca
A: Thanks for the positive feedback. I know that my column can be found lining some of the finest bird cages in America! I recently got a call from a near-sighted parakeet from New Jersey asking if I can use a larger type style. An improvement in dentures would be “flexible” dentures. Seldom taught in dental schools or in continuing education courses, this technique can fill a very useful niche of patients. Advantages are: fewer forces on the natural teeth they clip to, fracture resistant, no ugly metal clasps, available in various shades of pink and clear, no metallic taste, non-allergenic and lower cost. Flexible dentures can offer a comfortable and esthetic alternative for those who do not have the financial means for conventional or implant retained prostheses. For a free consumers guide to flexible dentures, contact us.
By: Dr. Mitchell Josephs