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Denture Relines

Not having your natural teeth, as well as the process of aging causes gum and bone atrophy in the mouth. Most of this resorption occurs during the first 3-4 months after the teeth are extracted, and then continues at a slower speed. A poorly fitting denture can worsen this process and cause gum pain and difficulty chewing. Periodic checkups at your dentist and proper denture care will help prolong the life of your dentures and keep you pain free.

When your denture starts causing you discomfort such as pain, difficulty speaking or chewing, or gets loose, a dental reline may be recommended. This is a simple process of changing the shape of your denture so it can fit properly in your mouth.

Hard Denture Relines

Every two years, all full dentures should have a hard reline. In this process, a layer of the existing denture surface is removed. A putty-like material is filled in and inserted into your mouth to make an exact impression of the denture area. Once this impression has hardened, it is used to create a new surface or base for the existing denture teeth. This step is sometimes completed in the dental office, but more often is done in a lab to produce a longer-lasting surface.

Soft Denture Relines

This procedure is recommended for patients with tender gums or sore spots who are not able to wear the regular hard-surface dentures. A soft reline is a simple and quick procedure that can be done in the office. A liquid polymer is layered into the denture to add depth and cushion and it needs to be replaced every one to two years.

Temporary Relines

A Temporary Reline is performed when the patient’s gums are swollen or sore to a degree that a hard reline or soft reline are not possible. A medicated reline material is applied to the denture, allowing the inflammation to subside and heal. This reline adjusts the denture to fit tightly as it is soft and pliable. After a few weeks, when the gums are healed, the patient is ready for a hard reline or new denture.

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Partial Dentures

A Removable partial denture is a custom made and naturally looking appliance designed to replace patient’s one or more missing teeth. It helps restore speaking and eating, and fills gaps in the smile. Partial dentures could prevent the face from sagging by providing support for the cheeks and lips where the natural teeth are missing.

Types of Partial Dentures

A typical partial denture consists of metal framework to which the denture teeth and pink acrylic gum is attached. Metal partial dentures are stronger than the plastic ones, lighter to wear, and more hygienic. Both types may have precision attachments or clasps that keep them secure in the mouth. The clasps may be slightly visible, when you open your mouth, depending on where they’re placed.

A new partial denture may take some getting used to and may feel foreign and bulky in the mouth. Your dentist may even ask you to wear it full time in the beginning. This is done in order to determine if it needs to be adjusted even further, if you’re experiencing soreness. A partial denture is usually removed and cleaned before going to bed until the next morning. With time you will get used to it, and you’ll be able to eat and speak comfortably. Reading out loud is very helpful to improve and restore the speech patterns. While eating, it is recommended to chew on both sides to keep the pressure even. Sticky and hard foods should be avoided.

A partial denture is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth for both lower and upper jaws. As having a partial denture is still more comfortable than wearing a full denture, your dentist will do his best to help you save your remaining natural teeth to be able to support a partial denture that will be designed to perfectly fit and replace your missing teeth. In some cases, he may even recommend getting 1 to 2 implants for an implant-assisted partial denture.

Patients should take extra care when cleaning the partial dentures and the teeth that fit under the clasps. With time, the fit of a partial denture may change and require additional adjustments at the dental office. Some adjustments are completed on the same day but others may require more time. If you notice any changes with your removable partial dentures, including cracks and chips, it is best to call your dentist immediately. At CV Dental Care, we will custom design your partial dentures for perfect comfort, functionality, and beautiful smile.

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