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Partials FAQ Ask The Prosthodontist Chris Mc Farland Question:
Valplast partial: I had a Valplast partial put in about 3 years ago. It has 3 teeth, 2 back teeth and one front tooth.

I have had no problems with this until about 2 months ago. Where my natural other front tooth is, my gums became sore behind my tooth. Now it has gotten worse to the point where I can barely wear my partial anymore because when I wear it, it irritates and swells in that small area.

So much so to where my partial front tooth hangs down longer than the rest of my teeth. I take it out and it will get better, but I have to wear my partial. I have also tried the sore spot gel and it doesn't work.

How will this ever heal? i can't ever wear my partial all day now, only to eat. .... Visitor from AL

Answer:
Valplast has been a wonderful addition to the options we can offer our patients. However, life expectancy is a real issue.

My guess is that a small piece that used to rest on top of the tooth has worn away which then allows the valplast partial to drop down and compress the gum tissue. It is, after all, just a plastic material and you subject it to extreme forces on a regular basis.

You can't really repair Valplast so you may be looking at a replacement. You might want to look at some other options before you go down that road again. If you look on my website, I think you will see several options for replacing missing teeth. Initial cost is only part of what you need to consider when replacing missing teeth.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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