Flexible thermoplastic denture base materials for aesthetical removable partial denture framework

J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Oct;7(10):2372-3. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/5020.3527. Epub 2013 Oct 5.


Conventional fixed partial dentures, implant supported Fixed Partial Dentures (FDPs) and removable partial dentures are the most common treatment modalities for the aesthetic and functional rehabilitation of partially edentulous patients. Although implants and FDP have certain advantages over removable partial dentures, in some cases, removable partial dentures may be the only choice which is available. Removable cast partial dentures are used as definitive removable prostheses when indicated, but location of clasps may affect aesthetics. So, when patient is concerned about aesthetics, flexible partial dentures which is aesthetically superior to flipper and cast partial dentures, may be considered. But for the success of flexible removable partial denture, proper diagnosis, treatment planning and insertion technique of this prosthesis is very important, which have been thoroughly described in this article.

Keywords: Flexible partial dentures; Flexiplast; Nylon; Retento-grip tissue bearing technique and flipper; Valplast.