A denture is an artificial set of removable teeth made out of acrylic resin that replace missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Partial dentures can be attached to the natural teeth using clasps or attached using crowns with hidden clasps. Dentures are necessary to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting their position in the jaw, to keep facial muscles and lips from sagging, and to allow the patient to speak and eat normally. There are three types of partial dentures;
. Valplast – Nylon resin base and clasps (translucent)
. Acrylic – Acrylic resin base with/without metal clasps
. Metal base with metal clasps
Fabrication and proper fitting of dentures can take several dental visits. First, your dentist takes an impression of the gums along with a wax bite, in order to determine the vertical dimensions and proper jaw position for the denture. The dentist may make a trial denture or “try-in” to make sure of the shape, color and proper fit. Follow up visits for minor adjustments may be required to insure a perfect, comfortable fit.
What is Valplast? It is a nylon thermoplastic material that has several advantages over the other two types of partial dentures. Valplast partial dentures have no metal clasps and are very light weight. The material is translucent, so the patient’s own gums show through, giving a very natural appearance. Valplast partial dentures can be used to replace many or few missing teeth, and can even be modified to replace a missing tooth on only one side of the mouth, greatly enhancing its comfort. Valplast can be used for full dentures on people who have irregularities in their jaw bone that would preclude the use of the standard rigid acrylic material. Valplast is an option for cosmetic improvement of teeth that appear elongated due to recession of the gums, and for people who are allergic to the acrylic found in other types of partial dentures. Another great advantage of Valplast is its resistance to breakage, as it is surprisingly strong relative its size and weight.
Valplast partial dentures are an excellent option for the replacement of missing teeth. The cost of treatment is usually much less than either a permanent bridge or dental implants and can be completed in just two or three short visits.
They are not for people who smoke, smoking will stain them. They are hard to repair if anything goes wrong or you need to add a tooth. However many people love the feel of them.