When are Repairs required?
If your dentures are worn, fractured or are not fitting correctly, your Denturist can determine if they need to be repaired or replaced. Rebasing and Relining are two options that can extend the life of your dentures and in most cases can be done same day. Repairs can often restore your dentures to their original condition.
What is a Rebase?
Rebasing may be required if your denture is broken or weak but the teeth are still in good shape. A rebase procedure is similar to relining your dentures but with a rebase all the pink acrylic denture base material is replaced with all the teeth remaining in the same place. A new acrylic base will provide a stable denture without the added expense and time involved in replacing the denture teeth.
What is a Reline?
The requirement for relining occurs as bone and tissue shrinkage occurs changing the fit of a patient’s dentures. A reline is a procedure used to ensure the surface of a denture still fits to the patient’s gums. A new acrylic base is placed into the denture, replicating the new form of the structures of the mouth. A reline can bring back suction, comfort, stability of your denture as well as help prevent food from getting under the denture.
Bone and tissue changes occur due to the resorption of oral tissue. Resorption takes place over time and can be due to:
- Weight loss.
- Tooth loss.
- Bone loss in the jaw.
- General aging
- Disease or illness.
Dentures should be relined approximately every two or three years and are a normal part of denture maintenance. Relines are important to the health of the oral tissues and bone support for denture wearers.