Success with Partial Dentures: Valplast

mm Written by Andrew Sedler

Edentulous patients suffer from obvious issues such as problems with mastication, bone loss, and low self-esteem. Edentulism has also been linked indirectly to other serious negative consequences including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancers. The link to overall health is a key factor in helping patients seek proper treatment.

While there are several options to effectively treat missing teeth, removable options can be an excellent choice for some patients.

Dentures, partial dentures, dental implants, and fixed bridges are all effective in the treatment of missing teeth.

Removable options, however, are usually prescribed when there are either physiology issues or, more commonly, financial limitations of the patient. Patients who fit in this category are continuing to grow, and finding treatment options that work best is growing right along with it. Partial dentures offer solutions to many of these patients.

Flexible Partial Dentures

A flexible partial denture is made with a malleable material. The flexible material allows them to adapt during movement, which offers comfort over other types of partial dentures. These prosthetics do not cause gum issues and because they do not have any metal clasps, they blend seamlessly into the mouth.

Metal Cast Partial Dentures

These partials are made using biocompatible materials, including cobalt-chromium or titanium. These types of partials have some disadvantages, including:

  • Poor esthetics because of the visibility of the metal clasps
  • The metal can cause oral galvanism
  • Tissue health can be compromised
  • Bone loss can occur on the abutment teeth.

Advantages of Valplast Flexible Partials

It is important to note that proper planning is key to the success of designing a proper appliance. When these are poorly thought out and made, the following issues can occur:

  • Increased caries
  • Periodontal diseases
  • Gingivitis
  • Excessive plaque

Communication with Burbank Dental Lab and creating a treatment plan are critical to ensuring success. There are several types of partials available; however, one great option is the Valplast partial denture.

Valplast Flexible Partials

Valplast partials have actually been used in dental treatments since the 1940s. They offer many benefits over metal-supported removable partials. Valplast partials are made from a durable thermoplastic biocompatible nylon material.

Valplast Partial Dentures - Burbank Dental Lab

The manufacturer of this material is so confident in its durability that they offer a lifetime warranty against breakage of the base under normal conditions.

Valplast offers patients one of the best esthetic options for a removable partial. The material comes in several gingival colors to match seamlessly within an oral environment. The absence of unsightly metal clasps (see image below) makes this a great option.

Valplast Partial Dentures - Burbank Dental Lab

Clinical Considerations

As with any successful case, proper planning is essential to achieving the best fit and esthetic outcome. Of course, no tooth or tissue preparation is required because this appliance uses a tissue-bearing technique to provide retention.

Burbank Dental Lab will need an alginate impression and an opposing model. To ensure accuracy, we recommend using a wax try-in. After the appliance has been fabricated, the proper insertion method is as follows:

1. Heat the appliance

Heat the appliance up to body temperature by placing the appliance in hot water for 30-60 seconds. By warming up the appliance, it will be able to adapt to the mouth appropriately.

2. If adjustments are necessary for the clasps make them with care.

The clasps on the appliance are extremely important for retention. Making adjustments must be done with care. If an adjustment is needed, we recommend the following:

  • If, after try-in, it is found that the clasp is too tight, place the appliance in hot water for approximately 60 seconds and bend outward. Allow it to cool in the new position.
  • If, after try-in, it is found that the clasp is too loose, place the appliance in hot water for approximately 60 seconds and bend inward. Allow it to cool.
3. Polish the Valplast appliance.

Finally, to polish the Valplast appliance, use a medium grit, bullet-shaped, silicone acrylic polisher. To polish just the clasp, use a smaller point bur.

After any adjustments have been made, the appliance is ready for the patient to use.

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Patient Compliance

One of the biggest issues clinicians face when dealing with appliance therapies is patient compliance. If any discomfort is felt, the patient will likely not use it. This is true for full dentures, partials, or any other type of removable appliance.

Due to the nature of the Valplast material, it has been reported that patients find Valplast partials to be one of the most comfortable options. The flexibility of the material provides both functionality and unmatched integration within the mouth.

The mastication forces are equally distributed throughout the whole ridge providing for comfort and a long-lasting appliance.

Adjustments to Valplast

If the partial needs to be rebased for any reason, simply take a rubber base impression. To do this you will need to do the following:

  1. Make sure the patient’s mouth is closed to ensure proper occlusion while waiting for the base material to set.
  2. After the base has set, take an alginate impression. (See image below.)
  3. Immediately pour the alginate impression and send it to Burbank Dental Lab.
  4. Do not separate the model from the denture.
Valplast Partial Dentures - Burbank Dental Lab

It also may become necessary to add teeth to a current Valplast appliance. To do this, you must do the following:

  1. Take an alginate impression with the appliance in place.
  2. Evaluate the impression to make sure the partial is fully seated.
  3. Pour the impression immediately.
  4. Send to Burbank Dental Lab for processing.
Valplast Partial Dentures - Burbank Dental Lab

The Valplast flexible partial denture (see above image) is an excellent option for patients seeking to improve oral health. These appliances offer comfort, durability, esthetics, and affordability.

With over 60 years of success in the dental industry, Valplast is a modality with which Burbank Dental Lab has extensive experience and success.

Contact the expert removable partial denture team at Burbank Dental Lab to get started on your next removable case.

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