Many people have a few teeth missing and need a suitable way of replacing them. One of the most popular ways of doing so is through having a partial denture fitted, as this a relatively inexpensive and effective. Partial dentures tend to either have a metal framework that is then covered with acrylic, or they can be made entirely out of acrylic, but it is also possible to choose partial dentures made out of a flexible nylon material called Valplast. So what exactly are the advantages of Valplast vs metal partial dentures?
There are actually quite a lot of reasons for choosing Valplast vs metal partial dentures including:
- Valplast dentures are made out a nylon resin that is designed to blend in with the patients natural gum color more easily than traditional acrylics used to replace gums. This means the denture is less visible.
- Valplast dentures don’t require any unsightly metal clasps to hold them in place. Instead they have gum colored clasps that are much less visible.
- Valplast dentures are thin and flexible, and much easier to wear, and even better they are just about unbreakable.
- This flexibility allows the denture to adapt to the shape of the mouth, making it easier to speak and eat properly, increasing self-confidence.
- The resin material used to create the gums has a lifetime warranty against fractures and breakages, as the manufacturers are so confident about this tried and tested material.
- The resin is stain resistant, and is a good choice for anyone who suffers from allergies as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals commonly found in denture acrylics. The agent used to color the resin doesn’t contain any metals.
- The excellent esthetic results make this denture a worthwhile choice for many patients.
These reasons may make it sound as if there is little contest between choosing Valplast vs metal partial dentures, but unfortunately Valplast dentures are not suitable for everyone. They can only be used for partial dentures due to their lack of rigidity. Their flexibility may make them unsuitable for patients who have had extensive periodontal disease as their remaining teeth may need the extra support offered by rigid, traditional dentures.
Our dentists will be able to advise you if Valplast dentures are suitable for your situation, and will be able to answer any other questions you may have concerning Valplast vs metal partial dentures.