Dental Guide to Denture Repair and Relining

Posted on: May 4, 2019

Denture repair is one of those things you will have to deal with at some point when you wear these prosthetics. Dentures are the most cost-effective solution for people who are missing most of their natural teeth. These prosthetics are designed to last up to 10 years, but they might need some repairs or relining from time to time. A person's jaw is constantly growing, so dentures that fit perfectly today might not in a year despite the fact that the prosthetic has not been damaged in any way.

Dealing with denture repairs and relining

It is best to leave the repair and relining of these prosthetics to the professionals. A dentist has the expertise to evaluate the function and fit of the device and provide recommendations regarding any necessary relining or repairs.

Dentures are designed to be durable, but they can be quite brittle. Attempting denture repairs without having the training to do so typically leads to the prosthetic becoming more damaged. As a result, the person ends up spending a lot more on repairs. It is virtually impossible to speak or chew properly when dentures have been damaged. That is usually one of the first signs that the prosthetic needs repairs.

Denture relining

Dentures need to be relined every one to two years to ensure they fit the patient properly and work as they are supposed to. Denture relining is broken down into two categories: hard relining and soft relining. During hard relining, the layer of plastic in the interior surface of the prosthetic is removed to make an impression, which is sent to a lab. It is adjusted and relined to fit any changes in the patient's mouth. Dentists recommend getting a hard relining every two years.

Soft relining is done when dentures are causing sores and making the wearer's gums tender. The base of the prosthetic is softened with a gentler, softer material that is less likely to irritate the person's gums. The material will remain effective for up to two years, making soft relining a great solution for anyone who has sore gums due to wearing dentures.

Adjusting dentures

The way a set of dentures fit will change over time, so small adjustments are needed from time to time to ensure the prosthetic works properly. People who get dentures immediately after getting a treatment like an extraction are most likely to need adjustments since their mouth will change once the site of the extraction heals. Dentures feeling uncomfortable or loose is a clear sign they need to be adjusted. It can lead to other issues like tender and sore gums when ignored.

Dentures need lots of care

Taking proper care of dentures is essential to get the most out of these dental prosthetics. They need to be cleaned each night and soaked in denture solution. They also need to be relined and adjusted from time to time. Failing to do so can lead to damage that requires denture repairs. Dealing with poor-fitting or damaged dentures? Stop by our Roswell office to have your prosthetic repaired, relined or adjusted.

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