A Valplast Partial Denture is a partial denture made of a special flexible material. The partial denture replaces your missing teeth and is extremely cosmetic and natural looking. Although this is a poor example, the best way to imagine what the material feels and bends like is to think of the material of orange traffic cones.
Advantages of flexible partial dentures:
- Durable: The flexible material is very durable, which is extremely important in dentistry due to the high forces involved in chewing and swallowing.
- Cosmetic: To hold in a partial denture, hooks are used on the existing teeth to keep it in place. For Valplast Partial Dentures, these hooks are the same color as your teeth and extremely difficult to notice. On the other hand, a Cast Partial Denture (a different type of partial denture) uses metal hooks that are more noticeable when smiling.
Disadvantages of flexible partial dentures:
- Valplast Partial Dentures do not consist of metal, making them more cosmetic. However, without the metal, Valplast Partial Dentures are flexible and are more prone to move around while eating. A perfect partial denture is rigid and does not shift during strong biting forces.
- Also, Valplast is a difficult material to adjust and fix if broken.
For further reading, Dr. Lissauer discusses how to fix a broken tooth that supports a flexible partial denture.
How implants have changed the way I make dentures:
Over twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved to south Florida from Boston, where I attended and taught at Tufts Dental School. My office has been located in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area since moving to Palm Beach County. In my practice, implant dentures have become a common dental procedure. New patients will present to our office with an ill-fitting denture or partial denture. We are often able to use dental implants to drastically improve its comfort and fit. The implants serve as an anchor and hold the denture in place while chewing and speaking. Quite honestly, our patients typically cannot understand how they used to cope with their old denture before implants. If you have an uncomfortable denture or you are considering a new denture, partial denture or implant denture, we would gladly provide a complimentary evaluation: