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Are Nesbit partial dentures worth it?

If you only have one or two teeth to replace, you should consider getting a Nesbit partial. It’s an affordable denture-like solution that can accommodate replacing one to two teeth that are next to each other. It makes use of an advanced ultra-thin nylon resin that snaps the dentures securely into place.

What is a Nesbit partial?

A Nesbit denture is a removable partial denture that can be used for only one side of the upper or lower arch. It is used to replace a tooth or two and is retained by clasps.

It relies on the teeth around it for support so that the denture will not settle into the gum tissue. This is why it is required to have at least six existing teeth to support it.

They also sometimes are referred to as Valplast partials. They are considered to be a good temporary replacement if you only have one or two missing teeth to deal with.

How Nesbit partial works

At-home kits

Once you have made your order, an impression kit will be shipped out to your address immediately. It will only take a few days for you to receive it – depending on where you are living.

The impression kit includes everything that you will need to make a good impression on your teeth. You also have to choose the tooth shade and the options available are light, medium, dark, and Hollywood white. You also have to choose the gum shade you want and the options available are light-medium and dark.

Once you receive the impression kit, all you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions in the package. When you are done making an impression of your teeth, you send it back with the same package since a prepaid USPS shipping label is also included in it.

Once the dental lab receives your impression, they will start creating your custom Nesbit partial. All you have to do is just wait for 2 to 4 weeks and you can start talking, eating, and smiling with confidence once more.

Dental office

You can also get Nesbit dentures from a dentist. Just set up an appointment with a dental clinic that offers it. The dentist will most likely give you a routine comprehensive exam first to make sure that you are a good candidate for this type of tooth replacement.

Then, they will make an impression of your teeth with a 3D scanner or an impression kit. Your impressions will be sent to the dental lab where your custom denture will be created.

Once the finished product is ready, the dental lab will ship it to your dentist’s office and your dentist will reach out to you to let you know that your dentures are ready.

Who can get a Nesbit partial for missing teeth

Pros and cons of Nesbit partial


  • The partial dentures are lightweight because it is made out of a flexible and thin material.
  • Ideal for people with metal allergies because it is metal-free flexible, monomer-free, and formaldehyde-free.
  • The partial dentures do not absorb stains and odors easily.
  • The partial denture is removable so your gums can rest from time to time.
  • Easy to adapt to.


  • Partial dentures take a while to make it in the dental lab.
  • If something goes wrong, you will have to replace it because it can’t be repaired.

How much does a Nesbit partial cost?

The current price of an at-home Nesbit denture can cost you around $205 to $350. If you get it from the dentist, the price can shoot up to $800, depending on your dental needs.

It is highly unlikely that your insurance will cover flexible partial Nesbit denture for a missing tooth unless you can prove that it is medically necessary.

If you have orthodontic coverage with your dental insurance, you may probably have Nesbit denture covered. Make sure to contact a representative from your insurance provider to be sure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I eat with Nesbit partial dentures?

Yes, you can eat and drink with a Nesbit partial. It’s not just for aesthetic way to replace a missing tooth – the flexible partial is also functional. Nesbit flexible dentures are made out of a durable material that is a fracture- and moisture-resistant.

Can I sleep with a Nesbit partial denture?

You should remove your Nesbit partial before you sleep at night. This is because the gum tissues beneath your denture must breathe to avoid irritation and infection. This way, you get to avoid the risk of having periodontal disease.

What is the difference between a Nesbit and a flipper?

A Nesbit partial is a removable denture that replaces missing teeth in the back of the mouth. This type of partial denture is not meant for front teeth.

A flipper is a removable denture that can be used for front or back teeth. But if you are missing your front teeth, a flipper is a more suitable for front teeth replacement because of the metal clasps.


Tooth replacement has come a long way in recent years. The materials and technology available today make it possible for the dental industry to offer a wide variety of tooth replacement options to consider.

Whether you are looking for a temporary tooth replacement because you still need to save up for a dental implant or you need an affordable permanent solution for your teeth, you can rely on Nesbit partials to do the job.

If you are considering getting removable partial dentures, make sure to get a comprehensive exam from your dentist first.

Dr Febin Mary George - Editor

With more than 10 years as a dental surgeon, Dr Febin Mary George is passionate about educating consumers around the world to help look after their teeth.

She completed her Bachelor of Surgery at the Century Institute of Dental Science and Research Centre in 2010.

Alongside editing the International Journal of Dental Clinics she has also written for major publications including Thrive Global.