Dentures require a tight fit against your gum tissue but changes in bone and gum structure occur throughout your lifetime eventually causing your dentures to become loose. Ill-fitting dentures can cause sores and infection, and may make chewing and speaking more difficult. A denture reline will resurface your dentures to conform to the changing contours of your mouth for a better fit and feel.
Poorly fitting dentures can also contribute to the problem by wearing down the bone and soft tissues in your mouth more quickly. Relining your dentures helps minimize this erosion as well as compensate for natural oral changes.
If your denture is working just fine for you but you but you would like it to fit a little “tighter” then maybe all you need is a reline inside your denture.
There are two types of denture relines:
Hard Denture Reline — The impression material is replaced with a hard pink acrylic that is perfectly formed to the contours of your mouth. This type of relining provides the most contact with your gum tissue for maximum hold.
Soft Denture Reline — For patients whose gums are too tender for hard relining, dentists may opt to reline the denture surface with a softer, more flexible material. Although easier on the gums, this type of relining may have to be replaced more often to maintain a proper fit.
Dentures can also be misplaced or lost. Then you have no choice but to get a new denture! So now you have to start the whole process of getting new dentures all over again. But in the meantime, you are toothless. THAT’S RIGHT-NO TEETH!
To save you the discomfort and embarrassment of enduring a broken denture, or worse yet, a lost denture, it may be wise to consider having a twin set of dentures made. This denture makes it possible to keep a spare set of dentures just in case the regular denture is lost or must be sent out for repair. This could save you lots of time, money and lots of embarrassment! An Identical Twin Denture might be a wise investment.
In some instances it is advantageous to leave the roots of teeth and place a denture over them. The roots of these teeth will maintain the bone around them thereby helping to hold the denture in place and aiding in the stability of the denture. This bone would otherwise be lost leaving less tissue to support the denture. The root itself can also serve as a vertical support for the denture. Retained roots for an overdenture usually require root canals and a covering to protect them from decay.
Dentures are not indestructible. If too much force is placed upon them or if you should drop them, they will break. Biting down on hard foods, clenching and grinding or dropping your dentures can crack the base, chip a tooth or cause a tooth to come off. If your denture needs an emergency repair we can usually fix it that same day.However, the time it takes to repair a denture depends on the severity of the damage. We might be able to repair a chipped tooth in a couple of hours but more complicated issues may take 24 hours to repair.
A broken denture usually happens at the worst time. In the event that you cannot see us immediately, the broken denture will either have to be tolerated for a while, or — if it causes serious discomfort or no longer functions — you will need to stop wearing it.
Dr. Mark Williams
201 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs
Providing great fitting dentures since 1968.