For ongoing maintenance of your current dentures, to ensure maximum comfort, appearance and chewing efficiency it is critical to attend annual checkups. These checkups are times where identification of potential problems can be managed, possibly help in reducing trouble in the future and may save you money in the long-run. This service is complimentary. If work is required after the check-up, an appointment will be scheduled at your convenience with our business team.
- During the appointment your Denturist will check the following:
- Updating medical and dental history
- Intraoral examination for any changes since last appointment
- Checking your dentures for cracks and excessive wear
- Checking aesthetics, chewing effectiveness and stability
- Discussing future treatment options if needed
- Go over oral hygiene procedures and denture care
Things Your Denturist Will Keep An Eye On
Over time your mouth changes but the inside fitting surface of your denture does not change and therefore requires an updating of the fit. Your denturist will need to take an intraoral impression of your mouth before relining your denture to ensure a tight fit. Relining a denture adds a new base for the tighter fit but does not change the appearance, teeth or teeth wear.
Relines are required when tissue changes come about from resorption of the oral tissues. This can be due to:
- Weight loss
- Loss of teeth
- Bone or tissue loss
- Disease or illness
Similar to a reline, a rebase replaces all the pink-acrylic denture material but the existing teeth remain in the same exact position. The denture must meet certain criteria that allow for this procedure:
- Teeth must be in good condition
- Client’s bite position must be suitable
- Client satisfied with the aesthetics (look) of the denture.
Reasons for a rebase:
- Broken denture
- Weakened or old pink denture base
- Immediate denture
Dentures can break by dropping or plastic weakness. It is advisable to never try to repair or alter your dentures yourself. It may cause an adverse effect on oral health and tissue irritations. Attempting to glue your dentures will not last long and might cause the denture to be unrepairable. Repairs may be essential for continued use of your denture. Situations that can occur are cracking, splitting or chipping of denture base or teeth. Often denture teeth and clasps can be added to existing partial dentures when natural teeth are lost.
A proper repair adds a new denture base to repair areas to ensure a correct bond. An impression and additional materials might be required for a repair. Most repairs can be completed in one day however if more time is required your Denturist will inform you. If your denture requires a repair, it may point to an underlying problem associated with the age of your denture, poor fit or worn teeth.
The best way to reduce denture breakage is to have your denture relined every two years. A tighter fit results less flexing and fractures.
Denture Soft liners
A soft liner is a layer of soft, pliable material that is fitted between the surface of a denture and your oral tissues. It absorbs shock between the hard base of your denture and your gums. Soft liners can be used when creating new dentures or retrofitted into existing dentures. Processed soft liners provide comfort and relief for individuals with receded and flattened gum tissues that don’t respond well to the stress of dentures. They may also be a suitable solution for patients with chronically sore gum tissues or gums with sharp bony areas.
Permanent soft liners for individuals with:
- Chronic soreness
- Severely flattened jaw bone ridges
- Jaw bone ridges that have sharp bony areas