Valplast Flexible Dentures

by Lindsay Pountney & Kylie Befus




The Valplast Flexible Partial is an unbreakable, removable partial that is very comfortable. They are very lightweight, practically invisible, and do not use any metal.



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(1-800-Dentist, 2012)








GoalOur goal is to educate health care professionals so they are aware of the different types of dentures, so their clients have choice and variety to find what fits them the best.








Objectives:
  1. What are the benefits of Valplast Flexible Dentures?
  2. What are the pros and cons?
  3. What are the material properties?
  4. What is the difference between metal dentures and valplast flexible dentures?
  5. What is the durability of these dentures?
  6. What kind of colouring are the Valplast Flexible Dentures?
  7. How much do they cost?
  8. What happens with the remaining teeth?
  9. Patient Care








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(California Dental Lab, n.d.)




Benefits
  • Used when clients have allergies to materials that are used for partial dentures.
  • Are more comfortable than conventional removable partial dentures because of its flexible material.
  • The clasps used to secure Valplast dentures to natural teeth are less noticable.
  • Valplast dentures are more cost effective than non-removable teeth replacement options, such as dental bridges and dental implants.





Pro's
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • No metal clasps
  • Light-weight
  • Strong
  • Positive retention
  • No tooth preparation required
  • Life time guarantee
  • Hypo-allergenic

(Dental Aesthetics, 2012)



Cons
  • Absorbent: Special cleaning products are required to avoid a build up of biofilm on the dentures material.
  • Timing: Additions to Valplast Dentures make take longer than additions to acrylic dentures.
  • Not be used: When there is limited space between your biting teeth.

Valplast is nylon based and the material used does not produce a chemical bond with the acrylic teeth used to make dentures. A dental technician is required to drill small absorbent holes in the acrylic teeth to allow it to be attached to the Valplast material (Dental Aesthetics, 2012).


Material Properties
Valplast dentures are made from nylon resin material which provides the removable dentures to flex when worn, unlike the more rigid acrylic or plastic dentures. They are sometimes referred to as soft dentures.

Valplast becomes more flexible at body temperature. This flexibility is used to secure natural teeth, providing a denture that is visually pleasing, tight fitting and comfortable
(Bank View Smile Studio, 2012).






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(R.A. Macasaet Dental Corporation, n.d.)



Metal vs. Valplast

Treatment Option
Pro’s
Cons
Metal & Acrylic
Dentures

* Generally affordable
* Treatment quick to completed
* Visible and unsightly clasps can be uncomfortable
* May cause allergic reaction
* Can break easily if dropped
* Not Permanent
Valplast Flexible
Partials

* Generally affordable
* Virtually invisible in mouth
* Comfortable & lightweight
* Very robust
* Non-Invasive
* Typically long lasting
* Non-allergenic
* Treatment quick to completed
* Not Permanent
(Active Smile, n.d.)

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Durability
A benefit of Valplast is their strength. 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(Live Strong, 2012).


Color

Valplast has a range of different colors for clients to choose from. The other dentures including the metal fixtures stand out in the mouth, while Valplast's acrylic materials blend in with the natural tones of the tissues of your mouth. Different shades of pink are designed to be almost invisible in your mouth, while still providing natural-looking teeth
(Live Strong, 2012).


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Costs
Valplast Flexible Dentures are more expensive then regular dentures, different providers may have different prices, but the average price range for these dentures are around $400 to $800 depending on how many teeth you want.







Remaining Teeth

A problem with deciding on Valplast for clients 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
(Live Strong, 2012).


Patient Care
  • Soak your Valplast appliance in Val-CleanTM for 10-15 minutes a day, or overnight at least three times a week.
  • Loose particles can be removed with the use of a sonic denture cleaner, or by placing the appliance under running water.
  • Brushing a Valplast appliance is not recommended as this may remove the polish and roughen the surface over time.
  • If possible, rinse your Valplast dental appliance after eating to remove any food particles.
  • Keep the partial in water or in denture cleaner whenever it is not being worn to keep the surface hydrated.
  • Brush your natural teeth and gums regularly as directed by your dentist.
(Creative Dental Laboratories, n.d.)












(Akron Dental Concepts, 2009)




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Image References

1-800-Dentist. (2012). Flexible denture. [Online Image]. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.1800dentist.com/valplast-flexible-partial-dentures/

R. A. Macasaet Dental Corporation. (n.d.). Partial dentures. [Online Image]. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.macasaetdental.com/services

California Dental Lab. (n.d.). Dentures. [Online Image]. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.caldentalab.com/prod02.htm

Lint Riggs Dental Care. (2012). Partial. [Online Image]. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://dentistsfalkirk.co.uk/page/valplast_flexible_denture

Glidewell Laboratories. (2012). Valplast flexible partial. [Online Image]. Retrieved June 14, 2012 from
http://www.glidewelldental.com/dentist/services/removables-valplast.aspx

Akron Dental Concepts. (2009). YouTube.com. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzsO-h3Uk08&feature=player_embedded


References

Active Smile. (n.d.). Valplast flexible denture pros and cons verses other dental treatment options. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of flexible dentures compared to other dental treatment options include. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.flexibledentures.co.uk/valplast-flexible-denture-pros-and-cons-verses-other-dental-treatment-options-/

Bank View Smile Studios. (2012). Valplast. Retrieved June 12, 2012 from http://www.bankviewsmilestudios.co.uk/Dentures/valplast.html

Dental Aesthetics. (2012). Valplast flexible dentures. What are the properties of valplast dentures? Retrieved June 12, 2012 from http://www.dental-aesthetics.co.uk/valplast_flexible_dentures.html

Live Strong. (2012). Pros and cons of valplast. Lasting. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/30923-pros-cons-valplast/


Creative Dental Laboratories. (n.d.). Valplast flexible partials. Patient care. Retrieved July 3, 2012 from http://www.creativedentalaz.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30:valplast-partials&catid=31:products&Itemid=85