Dear Dr. DiTolla,
I read your article "Valplast® – Flexible, esthetic partial dentures" (Chairside Perspective, Volume 5, Issue 1, April 2004) with great interest. I am a general dentist and have been in practice for over 10 years. I have done countless Valplast® flexible partials (Valpast International Corp.; Long Beach, N.Y.) with great success. Patients just love the comfort and esthetics of the partials. But recently, I had one case in which the patient complained about the partial. The patient stated, "My Valplast partial is poorly designed and defective and caused my tooth to break." The patient had been wearing her partial for months. May I ask, do you think her statement is valid and makes any sense at all? I do believe, as you have stated in your article, that all Valplast partials are tissue-borne, not tooth-borne. Based on this reasoning, I hardly think that her partial is the sole cause of her tooth breaking. Her broken tooth could have been caused by a multitude of factors, e.g., undesirable occlusal forces, chewing habits, parafunctional habits, or any number of perio problems. I would greatly appreciate your input.
– Hung Le, DMD