Metal vs Valplast Partial Dentures

When you’re told you’re going to be getting dentures, it could elicit feelings of both excitement and anxiety. With dentures, you’ll regain that confident, beautiful smile and will be able to enjoy some of your favorite foods again.

Getting dentures can also be scary with the change they’ll bring to your everyday life and routine. You’ll have to care for and clean them and you’ll have to get use to wearing them and being aware of the new limitations your new teeth will have.

Traditionally, people associate dentures as big, bulky “fake teeth” that require messy, bad-tasting goop to be held in place. Even partial dentures have gotten a bad rap for being cumbersome and uncomfortable.

Denture technology, however, has changed dramatically over the years, making dentures more comfortable and natural looking. Many don’t need nasty goop to keep them in place. Some dentures can be permanently attached to the mouth enabling the wearer to go about their everyday life without the embarrassing fear of their dentures slipping or falling out.

Metal Dentures

The majority of dentures today, however, are made of uncomfortable, ill-fitting metal.

Metal dentures are one of the least expensive type of dentures. They are ideal for patients who need dentures quickly and who have limited budgets. They are also a good option for seniors who have the time and discipline to adequately care for and clean them.

Valplast Partial Dentures

The discomfort and ill-fit of traditional metal partial dentures have given rise to partial dentures made of thermoplastic materials that have been used the last 30 years in prosthetic dentistry.

The Benefits of Thermoplastic Dentures

Thermoplastic nylon resin used in Valplast partial dentures is thinner, more flexible and more durable than metal and acrylic of traditional partial dentures. Valplast partial dentures make chewing and speaking more comfortable and are backed by a lifetime warranty for fractures and breaks.

Valplast partial dentures offer numerous other benefits to denture wearers including:

  • Less absorption of stains and odors
  • Includes no BPA
  • Is made of the most biocompatible materials
  • Are good for patients with allergies because there is no use of steel
  • Greater and more secure fit
  • More esthetically pleasing
  • The moldability of the thermoplastic material yields greater compatibility with different clasp shapes
  • Fewer try-in and adjustment appointments necessary

The Drawbacks to Valplast Dentures

These thermoplastic partial dentures will cost more and may take additional time for the dental lab to make them. The material may be more difficult to finish, fit, adjust and color.

Different dental labs use different types of thermoplastic materials and some materials may be better suited for some patients, but not others. It is important to ask us about the materials and processes our dental lab uses to produce Valplast partial dentures.

At Arrowhead Dental Lab, we’re committed to offering our dental clients and their patients the best, most advanced dental appliances. Our technicians are knowledgeable on the latest dental technologies and our lab holds regular seminars, courses and meetings to inform and educate the dentists we work with about the advancements in the dental industry. Knowing the latest, best dental methods and treatment procedures, our dental clients can better serve their patients.

To learn more about Valplast partial dentures, feel free to contact us and we’d be glad to share how they can benefit your smile and improve your quality of life.