Denture Relines IN MEDFORD, OR

Doctor examining the mouth of an elderly patient Though dentures offer an affordable and effective tooth replacement solution, they can over time become less useful. More often than not this is due to the fact that the gum tissue and bone changes over time. For this reason, even though your dentures were custom designed to uniquely fit you, and they likely did for quite some time, you may eventually notice a change in the way that your dentures fit.

Since the appearance, comfort and functionality of dentures highly depends on a firm fit, a denture that does not fit properly will therefore cause many issues. From a speech impairment to difficulty eating, a denture that does not fit properly can lead to communication and functionality issues, in addition to self-esteem concerns.

Over time you will notice that your dentures may become loose and therefore more prone to movement inside the mouth. This phenomenon is unfortunately unavoidable and thus maintenance of your prosthesis is necessary. To prevent issues with functionality, comfort and appearance, and to prevent movement of your dentures, you should be mindful to have your dentures relined at least every one to two years.

Hard Reline

If you have a set of full dentures, you should take care to have a hard reline at least every two years. During a hard reline Julie R. Fagundes, DDS, LLC will remove a layer of plastic from the prosthesis’ interior surface. Once removed, the denture is filled with a putty-like substance that will conform to the contours of your mouth helping to create an accurate impression of which the denture can be modified to match. These impressions will be sent off to the lab where adjustments will be made to ensure the denture fits the new shape of your gum tissue. The results of this process ensure optimal contact between the denture and your ridge fully restoring comfort, functionality and appearance.

Soft Reline

Unfortunately, not all patients are able to wear ordinary dentures due to their tender gums. If you are one of those patients who suffers from sore spots due to your dentures Dr. Fagundes may recommend relining the denture with a material that is more pliable. This material will stay pliable for one to two years, depending on care, and is less likely to result in sores on the gum tissue.

Those patients who have difficulty wearing a denture due to tenderness and sores should consider a more permanent and natural tooth replacement solution such as dental implants.

Temporary Relines

In some cases, where the denture relinement has been neglected for longer than it should, the patient’s gum tissue may be severely irritated. Neglecting to reline your denture can ultimately result in swollen, red or even misshapen gums. This poses a particularly difficult challenge when attempting to reline the denture because this irritation is temporary.

For this reason, if dentures have not been relined in quite some time, Dr. Fagundes may recommend a temporary (or palliative) relinement. A temporary relinement uses medicated reline material to help reduce inflammation. This type of reline will make the denture fit much more snugly and is soft and pliable offering added comfort. A few weeks after the temporary reline the gums will heal and thus be ready for a hard reline.

Since dentures are not a permanent restorative tooth replacement solution, it is therefore imperative that you properly care for your appliance. For if you do not, then you may significantly decrease the lifespan of your prosthesis.

If you have dentures now and are experiencing issues with fit, comfort or appearance, it is highly recommended that you contact the office of Dr. Fagundes today to schedule your denture reline.