Abstract A polyacetal injection-moulded resin is being marketed for the construction of retentive and supportive components of removable partial dentures (RPDs). Specimens of poly(oxymethylene) cast by commercial laboratories were tested to examine the following physical characteristics: the modulus of elasticity in compression, extension and flexure, stress relaxation, the force displacement behaviour of clasp forms, impact strength and glass transition temperature. Results showed that the material has a flexural modulus lower than that of poly(methylmethacrylate) and is insufficiently rigid to be used as a supporting element for partial dentures. Resin clasps may be resilient enough to engage undercuts for the retention of RPDs but the low flexural modulus requires that the resin be used in greater cross-sectional area than metal alloys in order to gain useful retention. This greater bulk has implications for plaque accumulation and maintenance of periodontal health.