Creative Dental Laboratory Scottsdale Arizona

Valplast Flexible Partials
valplast-partialToday dentists are prescribing flexible material for removable partial dentures (RPDs) because it makes a better, stronger appliance faster. Flexible material reduces chair time, eliminates invasive procedures and the cumbersome materials associated with rigid partials. In short, there is no longer any need for metal.

Metal-based RPD design is complex because it has to adapt rigid materials to a flexible environment. This leaves room for error particularly under conditions where ideal designs and clinical preparations are challenged.

In contrast, the material in flexible partials is perfectly suited to the variety of natural conditions in the mouth. It simplifies the design and enables the RPD itself to balance the simultaneous requirements of retention, support and stability.

Flexibility removes many of the unwanted aspects of metal partials. There are fewer steps in the treatment process because preparation of natural teeth is unnecessary. Without the metal frame, the fabrication and try-in processes have also been simplified. In addition, the choice of a Valplast® partial avoids the placement of metal in your patient's mouth, which allows you to satisfy the patient's interest in metal-free dentistry.

valplast-logoWhen you prescribe a genuine Valplast partial, you give your patient far more than just a dental appliance. Valplast takes a comprehensive approach to both the science and the business of flexible partials. Since the beginning, it has been our mission to elevate removable partial dentures to a higher-level of function, simplicity and patient satisfaction. We provide the industry's most proven flexible RPD material backed by the most extensive knowledge, experience, training and advanced equipment.

Valplast Advantages
  • Retention - flexes into a retentive position, below the undercut
  • Comfort - thin, lightweight and flexible
  • Esthetics - pink shades that allow your patient's natural tissue tone to appear through the material
  • Strength - clinically unbreakable, more durable than acrylic and won't absorb stains or odors
  • Ease - no tooth or tissue preparation is required so you can offer patients a conservative and pain-free solution
Valplast indications
  • Flexible and easier to insert
  • Design versatility
  • Acrylic Allergies
  • History of partial frame breakage
  • Alternative to implants or fixed products
  • Presence of tori

Valplast Contraindications

  • Need for a more rigid appliance due to poor soft tissue support or few remaining teeth
  • Quality of teeth is too poor to support Valplast
  • Minimal vertical clearance, less than 3mm
  • Flat ridge
  • Immediate Applications
Valplast Case Recommendations
  • Use Alginate impression material
  • Send poured model showing vestibular extension
  • Send bite registration and tooth shade
  • Carefully wrap and protect models for shipping
  • Try-in recommended for bilateral free end partials
  • Not recommended for immediates
  • Immerse in hot water just before deliveryWhen you are initially fitting a Valplast partial, you have the freedom to make the same adjustments in your office that you would normally make with rigid partials. The techniques and tools vary slightly, however you still have control of the fit.

Special Applications

There are Valplast-specific abrasives and techniques that allow you to maintain the finish and fine tune the fit for your patient's optimal comfort. The appropriate grinding tools, polishing compounds and Valplast Knife are available directly from Valplast International or your supplier.

valplast-special-applicationsClinical Preparation

Valplast uses the Retento-Grip® tissue-bearing technique for retention. No tooth or tissue preparation is needed. The authorized processing laboratory requires only a model poured promptly and carefully from a mucostatic impression and counter-model. A wax try-in is suggested prior to completion.

Inserting Valplast Partials

Simply by placing the case in very hot tap water for approximately one minute, you can achieve a very smooth insertion and an excellent adaptation to the natural tissues of the mouth. If a clasp isn't fitting perfectly, you may adjust it slightly by immersing that area of the partial in hot water and bending the clasp outward or inward as needed.

If any reduction is needed due to persistent irritation, the resin must be handled differently than acrylic. We recommend a #13 Green Mounted Stone, typically used for porcelain, to quickly reduce the surface yet leave it very smooth. If any threads remain, you may remove them with a sharp blade and smooth any roughness with a brown rubber wheel. You may then repolish the surface with Acrylux®150, Brown Tripoli and the Mirror-ShineTM polishing compound.

Adding teeth to Valplast

As the structure and conditions of your patient's mouth change over time, additions and relines can also be made with help from your lab.

To add teeth, take an alginate impression with the case in place in the mouth. Then remove the case from the mouth while still in the impression, making certain that all pastes, adhesives, or lubricants have been removed and the partial is fully seated in the impression. Pour the model promptly and forward it to the laboratory with your instructions.

Rebasing Valplast

To rebase a Valplast partial, begin by taking the rubber base impression under the case. To assure full and correct occlusion as the rubber base material sets inside the partial, your patient's mouth should be closed. When the rubber base impression has set, take an overall alginate impression. As you remove the case from the mouth inside the impression, make certain the case is positioned correctly in the impression. Pour the model promptly and send it to the laboratory without separating the denture from the model.

Patient Care

You'll be glad to know that most patients become immediately accustomed to their delicate and light-weight Valplast® restoration. However, your patients may experience a brief adjustment period, especially if they have never worn a dental appliance before. Should they experience any persistent irritation, please consult with them so that the necessary adjustments can me made.

Valplast® restorations, like your own teeth, require care and good oral hygiene. To keep your Valplast® restoration looking and feeling like new, please follow these simple directions:

Clean your Valplast appliance regularly. The Val-CleanTM Concentrated Denture Cleaner will safely, quickly, and effectively maintain the cleanliness of Valplast® partials as well as other removable dental appliances. Val-CleanTM is available directly from Valplast International Corp., and can be ordered by calling 1-888-325-3260.

  • 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.
  • Remember to brush your natural teeth and gums regularly as directed by your dentist.

Additional Tips for the Care of Your Valplast® Appliance

  • Cleanse the Valplast® appliance daily and keep it in water or your cleaner whenever it is not being worn.
  • Store brands of denture cleaner are not recommended for cleaning a Valplast® appliance, as they are not effective and may contain ingredients that can damage the Valplast® or its color.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes may scratch or dull the surface of your Valplast® appliance. Be sure to remove your Valplast® restoration whenever you brush your natural teeth.
  • Please keep the appliance out of reach from pets. Dogs and other pets find dental appliances to be attractive chew toys.

Valplast® appliances are very durable and are designed to give long term performance under normal usage. Please note that the Valplast® base material will resist fracture or breakage better than the synthetic teeth that are embedded in it.. Small accidents such as dropping the appliance in the sink or on the floor will not damage the Valplast®, but may cause the teeth to fracture. Please handle the appliance with care.

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