Valplast Flexible Dentures – All You Need to Know
Valplast flexible dentures are one step forward in the conformity of patients that have an indication to wear partial dentures. But you might wonder are they as good as acrylic or metal dentures and can you wear them.
What are Valplast Flexible Dentures?
Traditional partial dentures are made of acrylic resin or chrome cobalt metal. Both materials are suitable because acrylic has similar colour with the mucosa, and metal dentures were more resistant to breakage. However, some patients are allergic to those materials, find it difficult to adjust to their presence in the mouth or want better aesthetic solution compared to metal or wire clasps.
Valplast flexible dentures are made of nylon material and have excellent adherence to the mucosa. They don’t have metal clasps, their clasps can be in mucosa colour and practically invisible, and the Valplast plate can be transparent or mucosa coloured. So, the aesthetic aspect is in favour of Valplast flexible dentures.
Considering the functionality of flexible dentures, they are proven to be significantly better than the traditional dentures. A study performed by J. P. Singh et al. (1) showed that patients who switched from traditional dentures to flexible dentures had significantly less mucosal irritations, bad breath and problems with insertion and removal of dentures.
Advantages of Valplast Flexible Dentures
- Colour – You can choose the colour of the Valplast base from transparent to mucosa colour, and range of teeth colours is just like in other types of dentures.
- Lasting – As those dentures are practically unbreakable, they last longer than dentures made of rigid materials.
- Comfort – The Valplast is material that allows making a much thinner denture plate than it is possible with acryl, so they are much more comfortable.
- Aesthetics – Valplast flexible dentures don’t need metal or wire clasps to hold them, so this moment is significant for positive visual effect.
Disadvantages of Valplast Flexible Dentures
- The number of remaining teeth – While traditional partial dentures are a good solution even when there is a single tooth in the jaw, it is not the case for Valplast flexible dentures. Flexible dentures require more teeth in the jaw and are difficult to be made with a couple of teeth.
- Cleaning – The flexible denture is more prone to adherence of bacteria, and it must be cleaned more carefully. Clean it by soaking it in the denture cleaning solution, and after that, clean it thoroughly with toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse under running water.
1. Singh, J. P., et al. "Flexible denture base material: A viable alternative to conventional acrylic denture base material." Contemporary clinical dentistry 2.4 (2011): 313.