When patients are looking to replace missing teeth, they have several options available. There is a range of metal and acrylic options on the market for patients to choose from. However, it’s important not to forget about Valplast dentures and all the benefits they provide, with very few disadvantages.
What Are Valplast Dentures
Valplast dentures have been used in dental applications for over 50 years. They are made from a thermoplastic nylon material with is strong, long lasting and flexible. They are used to make non-permanent dentures for patients while being non-invasive. Most dentists now offer Valplast dentures as an option to patients across the world.
· Generally Affordable
Valplast dentures are the more affordable than some of their close counterparts such as chrome dentures. This makes them a great option for patients looking to have near invisible dentures without a huge investment. It’s important to note that the cost of Valplast dentures usually changes depending on the number of teeth that are required.
· Long Lasting
Valplast dentures are known to be long-lasting, which is only extended when cared for using recommended cleaning methods. Using a flexible and durable thermoplastic nylon material, Valplast dentures are virtually unbreakable. The special material also ensures it won’t break down from the food you eat or the natural enzymes and bacteria in your mouth.
As Valplast dentures are usually fitted onto pre-existing teeth, it is a non-invasive option which does not require surgery. This means that no instruments need to be inserted into your mouth unlike many permanent options currently available. This makes it a great option for patients who may be worried about the pain caused by invasive methods.
One of the biggest considerations for patients looking for the right denture is the comfort level. While metal dentures are known to be strong and sturdy, they can often cause discomfort due to their limited flexibility.
Valplast dentures, however, use a flexible and lightweight thermoplastic nylon material to provide increased comfort. This makes them very easy to insert and remove from your mouth with minimal discomfort.
· Look Like the Real Thing
Metal fixtures tend to stand out. Valplast dentures, however, come in a range of natural tones that look like the real thing. The natural tones blend with the colours of the tissue in your mouth to make the dentures near invisible. The teeth are also designed to look completely natural and match your other teeth.
Valplast dentures are made from a thermoplastic nylon material. This contains no acrylic monomer and a metal-free colouring agent which is why it is such a great option for people that suffer allergic reactions to metal and acrylic.
· Not Permanent
As Valplast dentures are only a temporary fix, they won’t suit patients that are looking for permanent dentures. Valplast dentures are still a great option however if patients are looking for a non-invasive and long-term solution.
Unfortunately, Valplast dentures cannot be relined. If your patients’ dentures no longer fit their mouth comfortably, the entire fixture will need to be remade. However, as Valplast uses a flexible material, it will need to be periodically relined much less often than metal dentures.
Valplast dentures are also non-repairable. If a patient’s dentures get a crack or break in any way, they must have the entire fixture replaced. This means the financial outlay can be quite large even if it is a small crack.
· Bulkier Than Their Metal Counterparts
Valplast dentures use a thermoplastic nylon material which if made too thin could snap. This means that they are slightly bulkier than their metal counterparts. However, they are can still be made slightly thinner than acrylic dentures. By being slightly bulkier, it may take patients a bit longer to get used to.
There are several options of permanent and non-permanent dentures on the market. It’s important that the requirements of patients are the main priority when recommending which dentures will be the best option.
About the Author
This article is written by Alex Hamilton, on behalf of Oceanic Dental Laboratory – A full-service dental lab specializing in prosthetic and cosmetic dental services.
Alex is often writing about advancements in dental products and the use of technology in the dental practice. You can catch him on Google+.