By Dr. Hudnall M.D
Let’s face it — most dental patients who are missing teeth want a removable denture appliance that is comfortable to wear. Otherwise, it will sit in a drawer in spite of your best efforts. The ideal removable dental restoration must make your patient feel as though it is a part of their own body.
Comfort Embodied in a Flexible Denture Base
Flexible Valplast partials feel more like a natural restoration when compared to other removable restorations. These partial dentures hug the patient’s gum tissue and their flexible clasps snap securely into place around the existing dentition and gingiva, providing a comfortable fit that you can only get with Valplast dentures.
A Valplast partial can provide tremendous comfort compared to traditional metal partial dentures with acrylic saddles. The malleable base of flexible partial dentures has less thickness than its metal framework counterpart while offering stability and functionality while chewing.
For large-span edentulous areas or areas where a partial denture requires a free-end design, consider combining the flexible partial material with a metal framework. Marrying the comfort and aesthetics of the flexible resin denture base with the stability and rigidity of a traditional metal framework partial denture might be the right solution for patients seeking both improved comfort and aesthetics while requiring additional security.
Patients with periodontal disease or lack of bone support can benefit from the clasping system incorporated into flexible partials. Since these clasps hug the gingiva, they place less tension on the abutment teeth than traditional cast metal or wrought wire clasps. This allows teeth with some periodontal involvement to last much longer without becoming loose.
A Flexible Partial Denture for One Tooth
All dentists have cases where the patient is missing one very visible tooth and doesn’t have the resources for an implant or a fixed bridge. Alternatively, we also encounter patients who are saving up for a dental implant but desire an aesthetic transitional appliance. A unilateral flexible partial denture for one tooth is an economical tooth replacement option and is ideal for preserving the edentulous space for a future implant-supported dental restoration.
With any kind of dental restoration, case-specific options must be considered. Assess if the patient might be in danger of swallowing or aspirating a one-tooth partial denture. Take the time to understand your patient before offering a Nesbit partial as an option. Ask yourself if a unilateral flexible partial denture for one tooth is the right type of dental restoration for that particular patient.