Dentures are a great solution for patients who have experienced tooth loss. Your dentist will discuss your options for the type of denture available for you as well as provide you with a thorough treatment plan so you will understand what you will undergo during the denture process.
A denture reline is basically a resurfacing of the side of your denture that rests against the soft tissues in your mouth. The primary reasons a reline are needed include:
- Denture no longer fits well – this can be due to changes you have undergone in gum tissue due to bone loss resulting in gum shrinkage.
- Wear and tear – when dentures are first placed they should fit securely. Over time a denture can feel like it’s moving when you chew or speak. A reline usually helps to restore the fit you experienced when you first had your denture placed.
- Mouth sores – they can be very painful. They can result from a worn or poorly fitting denture. Regular visits to your dentist usually prevent this type of problem as your dentist will inspect your denture regularly during hygiene visits to insure your denture fits correctly.
Patients that require a denture reline should be able to get their denture back the same day. The dental lab can reline a denture if the patient is seen early enough in the day; many dental offices have in-house dental labs providing rapid service.
A reline is usually required every five to seven years, but this time period can vary somewhat from patient to patient. And your dentist may recommend more frequent relines to keep your dentures secure and comfortable.
Your responsibility as a denture wearer include daily care such as cleaning and soaking your denture to keep it looking its best; daily care is needed to keep breath fresh. Clean your denture with the appropriate tools; your toothbrush and regular toothpaste should never be used on your denture as they can be too abrasive.
Before placing your denture and after you remove it daily, brush your teeth making sure to brush the gum tissue where your denture lays to keep gums as invigorated as possible.
Never boil or microwave your denture.
See your dentist regularly. If your denture doesn’t feel right, allow your dentist to make any adjustments. Never try to “tweak” on your own. Contact us today to get your smile back to normal!