Valplast Partial Dentures

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What is a Valplast Partial Denture?

Valplast Partial Dentures are an attractive, comfortable, and affordable option for tooth replacement.

Valplast dentures are made from thermoplastic nylon resin. These partial dentures are thin, lightweight, and flexible. They feature invisible claps that surround the natural teeth.


Valplast flexible partials offer high esthetics results and blend evenly with the wearer’s natural tissue and surrounding dentition.

Other popular brands of flexible partial dentures are Sunflex, Flexite, and Ultraflex. Flexite and Ultraflex use vinyl composite for their dentures instead of nylon. 

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Pros & Cons of Valplast® Flexible Partials 

There are many pros and cons of using Valplast partial dentures: 

Pros

  • Esthetic The translucent material blends well with the tissue tone for a natural-looking smile.
  • Comfort The flexible dentures are thin, lightweight, and comfortable with a precision fit.
  • Bio-Compatible Valplast partials are non-allergenic, monomer, and formaldehyde-free.
  • Flexibility There is flexibility in the design of the kinds of claps used for partial dentures. Special techniques allow adjustments and fine-tuning for a perfect fit.
  • Less absorption of stains Partial dentures are unlikely to absorb stains and odors.
  • Easy to use — No tooth or tissue preparation is necessary for wear.
  • Suitable for patients with allergies — There is no use of steel in flexible partials, making them an excellent solution for patients with allergies.

Cons

  • Not permanent — Valplast dentures are just a temporary solution. They won’t suit patients looking for a permanent fix.
  • Cannot reline — Valplast partial dentures cannot be relined. If the dentures no longer fit comfortably, the whole device must be remade.
  • Non-Repairable — Flexible dentures are non-repairable. If a patient’s dentures receive a crack or break, the entire fixture must be replaced. This means replacing flexible dentures can be expensive, even if just a small crack occurs.
  • Bulky — If created too thin, the thermoplastic nylon material could break. As a result, Valplast dentures are bulkier than their traditional partials with metal clasps. This can make it longer for patients to get used to wearing them.
  • Longer to create — Valplast partial dentures can take a while to make in the dental lab. The material can be challenging to finish fit, adjust, and color.

Valplast Partial Dentures vs. Other Tooth Replacements

In dentistry, there are various options for the replacement of missing teeth. These include: 

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed bridges
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Full dentures. 

Many patients opt for removable partial dentures due to some of the pros listed above. 

Dentists prescribe Valplast flexible partials because the fixture's flexible and robust nature is well suited to the variety of natural conditions within the mouth. Currently, Valplast is one of the most cosmetic, comfortable, and affordable methods of tooth replacement on the market.

Valplast partials are an excellent choice for patients who prefer not to have a fixed restoration such as dental implants or fixed bridges. 


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Depending on the procedure, the cons of fixed restoration tooth replacements include: 

  • Invasive
  • Expensive
  • Time-consuming
  • Irreversible 

What makes Valplast partials different from traditional partial dentures is the material that they’re produced from. Unlike acrylic dentures, Valplasts are created from thermoplastic nylon resin. This material is ultra-thin and flexible, making eating and speaking more comfortable. Likewise, the material is exceptionally durable.

People who have worn both conventional removable partial dentures with metal clasps and Valplast partials note that Valplast dentures feel more comfortable and natural to wear.

Valplast dentures don’t absorb any stains or odors either. For patients that experience allergies to acrylic or certain metals, Valplast partials are an excellent choice.

Some wearers feel that the Valplast device ‘disappears’ or is ‘invisible’ when worn. When it comes to esthetics, Valplast partials offer a better look than traditional acrylic and metal partial dentures. 

The cost may be slightly higher than classic acrylic partial dentures due to the fitting and finishing time in the dental lab. However, Valplast partials are still more affordable than restorations, such as dental implants and bridges.

FAQs ⁠⁠— Common Questions & Concerns

Below are some common questions and concerns about Valplast partial dentures:

How long do Valplast partial dentures last?

Valplast dentures can last for around 15 years or longer. If you use denture cleaner to keep your fixture in good condition and undergo regular check-ups, this ensures a long and healthy lifespan.

Valplast flexible partials also arrive with a lifetime warranty against fracture or breakage for the denture base under regular use. Valplast dentures can also be rebased and have new ‘teeth’ added to the device over time, if necessary.

How much do Valplast partial dentures cost?

The cost of flexible partial dentures varies depending on several factors. First is the level of expertise from the specialist. Usually, prosthodontists have higher fees than general dentists. This is because the training takes longer and is more expensive.

The location of the dental office also affects cost. The east coast of the United States, for example, is usually more expensive than the midwest. 

Generally speaking, Valplast dentures can range from around $900 to $1,500.

Where can I buy Valplast partial dentures?

Any dentist can work with Valplast partial dentures, even if they haven’t used them before. Check with your current dentist to see if they provide Valplast at their practice. Or, head to the Valplast website for information on how to find a Valplast dentist in your area.

Valplast dentures are also available on Amazon.

Are Valplast partial dentures comfortable?

Yes, Valplast partial dentures are comfortable to wear. When considering a removable partial denture, many patients find Valplast to be the most comfortable option.

While Valplast dentures are usually more expensive than partials featuring visible metal clasps, patient satisfaction is high with Valplasts.

Can you eat with Valplast partial dentures?

Yes, you can eat with Valplast partial dentures. Valplast dentures give patients confidence while talking, eating, and smiling. 


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Resources

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Updated on: August 11, 2020
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