|Valplast Flexible Partials|
Today 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.
When 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
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 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.
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 CareYou'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.
Additional Tips for the Care of Your Valplast® Appliance
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.