By David Hudnall, DMD
In this article, we’ll address one of the most common questions that Stomadent Dental Laboratory receives: “When should a dentist choose a Valplast partial instead of another partial denture, like an acrylic partial, a cast metal partial, or an Acetal Resin partial?”
Valplast is an excellent choice for patients who are looking for an extremely aesthetic removable restoration. A flexible partial denture offers one benefit that no traditional acrylic or metal framework partial can match –– absolutely no metal at all.
What is the Difference Between Valplast and Acrylic Dentures?
Acrylic partials have their place. They work well as immediate or temporary appliances while the patient transitions between a full mouth of natural teeth to a final restorative option. But, let’s face it – they are not extremely comfortable nor aesthetic.
Because the baseplate and clasps of Valplast partials are made from tissue-colored flexible nylon-based resin, they provide comfort while literally disappearing into the patient’s mouth for a seamless appearance with the natural teeth.
When To Choose a Valplast Partial
If you are considering Valplast, make certain that you are not working with an immediate partial case. We never suggest relining a Valplast partial –– ever. You don’t reline a Valplast partial. You remake it. Patient selection is important. Therefore, make sure the patient is not an immediate or a post-immediate.
We also don’t suggest using a Valplast appliance when the patient’s lower ridge is extremely resorbed. If the patient has thin tissue over a resorbed ridge, a Valplast partial may never be comfortable for them to wear.
With many other cases, Valplast works great. It is an excellent choice especially for patients who are looking for an extremely esthetic restoration where there are no visible metal clasps, cast clasps, or Acetal Resin clasps. These types of clasps aren’t as invisible and don’t look as good as Valplast gingival clasps.