Partial Denture

Partial dentures are designed for those client with one or more teeth missing, but not fully edentulous. Partial dentures are usually more secure than full dentures since they are physically held in place by clasps designed to fit over the natural teeth.

Partials can be constructed in acrylic or with metal framework. There are a number of factors that influence the type of partial design that would be appropriate and this should be discussed with your Denturist.

A removable partial denture is customized to a patient’s specific requirements. Removable partial dentures restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improves chewing and helps to speak clearly.

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A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue-supported. There are significant differences between these two types of dentures. These differences are best explained by your Denturist. The number of teeth remaining, the position of the teeth and the stability of the teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what style or type of partial denture would be best for you.

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Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics or a metal/acrylic combination. Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances. The metal/acrylic partial- commonly called a cast partial is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, ultra light and very strong.

All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a more healthy oral environment. With newer designs, materials and techniques; partials are becoming more comfortable than ever before. Ask your Denturist about the many designs available.

Partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. In fact, a partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth.


What is Valplast?

Valplast is a flexible denture base resin that is ideal for partial dentures. The resin is a biocompatible nylon thermoplastic with unique physical and aesthetic properties. Valplast allows your patient’s natural tissue tone to appear through the material, matching the basic shade categories (medium pink, light pink, and meharry). It is also guaranteed for life against breakage.

Patient Preparation Techniques

Valplast uses the Rentento-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 an alginate impression and an opposing model.

A custom tray is normally not necessary. A custom bite and try in should be taken for accuracy in free end saddle case. The laboratory can usually complete a unilateral restoration directly from the first model with the shade and correct bit.

Insertion Techniques

Immerse the appliance is hot tap water or boiling water and leave it for about one minute. Remove the prosthesis from the water and allow it to cool to the point where it will be tolerated by the patient and gently insert the case in the mouth.

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The hot water treatment permits a smooth initial insertion and a good adaptation of the denture in the mouth. If the patient senses ant discomfort because of the tightness of a clasp, the clasp may be loosened slightly by immersing that area of the partial in hot water and bending the clasp outward. If a clasp requires tightening the clasp area may be immersed in hot water and bent inward to tighten.

If ant reduction is needed due to persistent irritation the resin must be handled differently than acrylic. Use the provided adjustment kit to modify and trim the denture.

Minor relief can be made with the rubber wheel provided. If there are any threads remaining, these can be removed with a sharp blade. Any roughness on the surface can be smoothed with a brown rubber wheel. The surface must be repolished after adjusting by using a coarse pumice, brown Tripoll, and polishing compound.

 Patient Care

Like any removable prosthesis, the patient should be instructed to utilize good hygientic practices to maintain the appearance and cleanliness of the Valplast restoration. The prosthesis should be soaked overnight at least three nights a week in a good denture cleaner. The case should be rinsed and brushed before reinserting it in the mouth.

 Helpful tips to care for your dentures

These tips can help you care for your dentures:

  • Don’t use an ordinary toothpaste to clean your dentures – it can scratch them, creating places where stairs and odour-causing bacteria can grow, potentially harming the aesthetics of tour dentures.
  • Soak your dentures using Polident’ tablets once a day and brush your dentures with a soft-bristled brush and Polident fresh cleanse’.
  • Remove your dentures each night to give your mouth and gums a chance to breathe.
  • Always store your dentures in water to prevent them from drying out.
  • Before speaking, bit down and swallow to set your dentures in place.
  • Practice speaking or reading aloud with your dentures.
  • Consider using a denture adhesive as a way to keep dentures in place, make eating and speaking easier, and increase overall confidence.
  • If your dentures crack, chips, or break, call your dental professional. Don’t try to fix them yourself.
  • If your dentures become loose, be sure to see your dental care professional.