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Rework the Valplast partial?: I recently got a Valplast lower partial, and one of the teeth was too short and creates a small gap in my smile.

Can the Valplast partial be reworked to change that one tooth for a better fitting tooth? ....Visitor from IL

Unfortunately a Valplast denture can not be modified.

It is even difficult to polish unlike a traditional acrylic denture. However, it has the unique ability to be flexible.

Follow Up Question:
I read a couple of letters on your website in which the advisor said that yes, teeth could be added to a Valplast partial.

If teeth can be added, (according to some sources at least) why then could a tooth which was in place not be switched out? I would think that would be easier.

I sure don't understand why such a promising product as the Valplast partial should have this drawback.

In my case (not to beat a dead horse) my dentist took an impression, when the working partial came in he tried the mock-up on me (which was not intended to fit like the actual) and then voila' the final product arrived.

So you say that if there are any flaws in the final product, there is nothing to be done! That doesn't seem practical knowing how human beings can make mistakes!

I saw in the internet that it helps to place the Valplast in hot water before attempting to place in mouth. Is this true?

Follow Up Answer:
Valplast is injection molded and teeth can not be predictably added after it is processed.

Placing it in hot water may distort the partial and could result in severe burns. Be careful!

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