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I have had both top and bottom Valplast partials which were done about 12 months ago. I have 2 molars on the upper left and two molars bottom right plus 5 front bottom teeth remaining. When I purchased the Valplast which were quite costly I was told that they could be relined and teeth could be added.

I was also told that the Valplast could become a full denture if necessary. In fact 3 months after having them made I did have 1 tooth added and did have them relined. In the course of the past 12 month my gums have shrunk and the partials just don't look quite right anymore. When I smile you can barely see my upper teeth. I also have just had one of the molars break.

I have had to go to a new dentist and he told me that Valplasts could not be relined or have teeth added to them. This was a big investment and I do hope this is not true. I have AIDS and live on a very limited amount of money. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. ...Visitor from CA

In answer to your question about Valplast partial dentures, the information I have recieved from the lab (Trident Dental Lab) where these are made is that it is difficult to reline these type of partials since the material is a very specialized.

They do offer this service however so they must have developed some way to do it. The best bet would to have your dentist call the lab and ask what the best protocol is. I have been using these partials now for about 6 months with nice results but I would not use it in a case where I was planning to add future teeth. I hope this helps.

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