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What to Expect When Getting Your Dentures Relined?

March 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarchese @ 3:14 am

Woman at dentist to reline her denturesDentures are made of high-quality materials to look and feel realistic. With the proper care, they can last for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced. Besides keeping them clean, relining your dentures regularly will promote their lifespan and ensure a snug fit. Here’s what you can expect when having your dentures adjusted. 

Why Do Dentures Need to Be Relined?

Dentures are effective at treating tooth loss, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently by replacing the crowns of your teeth. However, they don’t treat your tooth roots. As a result, your jawbone will shrink slowly. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of losing a tooth. As you lose more bone, the shape of your mouth and gums will change, which can cause your dentures to fit poorly. Although a denture adhesive can help, it’s not something you should rely on. Poor-fitting dentures will need to be replaced sooner. Slipping and irritation can also cause inflamed or sore gums. Researchers have found that slipping dentures may increase your risk of oral cancer.

How Are Dentures Relined?

Relining your dentures will prevent sores, irritation, and overall discomfort. You’ll find it easier to chew and speak clearly. It’s also much less expensive than purchasing a new set of dentures. Different methods can be used to reline them, which include:

  • Soft Reline: A soft reline is recommended for patients who can’t tolerate hard materials from oral surgery or during recovery. 
  • Hard Reline: A hard reline is recommended every 2 years or as needed to make adjustments from changes to your jaw and gums. 

After cleaning your dentures, they will sand a small amount of material from the denture palate. They will apply a soft or hard relining material and place your dentures back into your mouth. You’ll bite down to make an impression. The resin will harden and your relining will be complete.

Even if you’ve lost all your real teeth, it’s best to schedule a dental checkup every 6 months. Besides keeping your mouth healthy, your dentist will also check the fit of your dentures to determine if any adjustments are needed. 

If you’re ready to stop slipping and irritation for good, ask your dentist about adding dental implants to your dentures. They’ll anchor your denture to your jaw to enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth.

About Dr. Frank Marchese

Dr. Marchese achieved his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has over 30 years of experience. He regularly continues his training to provide the most up-to-date treatments and techniques, including dental implants. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (630) 969-2310.

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