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The 3Rs of Denture Care: Reline, Rebase & Repair

Denture wearers should be aware of the need for periodic adjustments from relines to small repairs. Even the best fitting dentures can get loose after time. The first line of attack, when there seems to be something odd about your dentures is to visit your denturist.

While you might be know of products marketed as “do-it-yourself reliners”, or temporary denture fixes - beware. Many of these these products can end up doing the more harm than good.

Patients often ask why perfectly fitting dentures even need to be adjusted. Consider that our teeth and mouth are living, growing, and changing parts of our bodies. That means gums and bones can change over time. When that happens, it’s a sign that it’s time to see your denturist.

What is a Denture Reline?

Relining is a fairly simple procedure. The surface of the dentures that comes into direct contact with the gums is adjusted, or “relined” so that it matches the new surface. This procedure is done as an in-office visit, and it can usually be accomplished within 30 to 60 minutes.

A soft reline is done when the denture surface is changed just slightly, or when the situation suggests that the gums will continue to change at a fairly fast pace. Soft relines are not meant to be long term solutions. In fact, we use biodegradable, temporary material for them, as we expect to re-adjust again within a few months. That material helps absorb the stress that chewing puts on the denture.

When the surface requires a larger re-do, it is referred to as a hard reline. This procedure is a longer term solution. The material used for hard relines is firmer, and more like a resin.

Your denturist decides on the best solution when he examines your gums, and dentures.

What is a Rebase?

Rebasing is required when the denture base needs a complete overhaul. We're actually retrofitting the dentures by replacing the denture base with new material without replacing the denture teeth. 

Aren't they all Denture Repairs?

Not exactly. Some dentures get chips and cracks from general wear and tear.

For most patients a broken denture is almost always an emergency particularly if it interferes with their health or social life. If you call or email the office we'll try to get you the earliest appointment we can. Most repairs such as chips and cracks can usually be repaired in a day. If you're waiting over the weekend, try to be patient and avoid any DIY fix-its. Crazy glue is never the solution. 

Your denturist is able to help you quickly and easily, and provide you with the best course of action.

A simple, hour long office visit is likely all you need. 

 ~ Allan

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