When wearing partial dentures made from metal, you can experience a host of issues ranging from the fixtures being uncomfortable, to the metallic finish looking unnatural. To combat these issues, a partial denture fixture called Valplast was created. Valplast is the name of a brand of partials that are made from special acrylic material instead of metal. This results in a host of benefits, with very few disadvantages.
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The most beneficial aspect of Valplast fixtures is the range of colors. Metal fixtures stand out in the mouth, while Valplast's acrylic materials blend in with the natural tones of the tissues of your mouth. Coming in both shades of pink and meharry, Valpast is designed to be almost invisible in your mouth, while still providing natural-looking teeth.
Another benefit of Valplast over other dental fixtures is its comfort level. Because the device is made from acrylics instead of metal, the overall size is thinner and more flexible. This allows the dentures to feel more natural and less bulky in the mouth. It's also monomer-free and less allergenic compared to other fixtures, giving options to those who cannot expose their mouths to metal.
Another benefit of Valplast is their durability. Valplast dentures are virtually unbreakable, due to their acrylic material and flexibility. The acrylic material will also not break down as it is exposed to the many chemicals and substances the mouth is exposed to between the food you eat, the liquids you drink, and the natural enzymes and bacteria in the mouth.
One con of deciding on Valplast for your partials, is the natural teeth requirements. Though Valplast is designed to replace lost teeth, it partially depends on surrounding natural teeth for structure. Because of this, having few natural teeth is a contraindication for getting Valplasts. The more natural teeth that are missing, the higher your final cost of the fixture may be as well.
Another disadvantage of Valplast is its inability to be relined. Instead, the entire fixture needs to be rebased, which takes more money, as well as more time to be completed. Luckily, since Valplast is more flexible than other denture partials, its need to be periodically relined is much less than other dentures.