Dental Tips Blog

Feb
16

What Is a Denture Reline?

Posted in Dentures

If your denture has started bothering you as of late, then a visit to the dentist for a reline may be in order.

Relining dentures isn’t an expensive procedure. But it can do a lot to improve the comfort of your bite.

Hard vs. Soft Relines

When a dentist relines a denture, he or she applies a layer of material to the inside to make it more comfortable and fit your mouth’s current shape.

A hard reline takes more time and usually requires sending your denture to a lab for a detailed job. Soft relines involve a simple liquid polymer and can often be done by your dentist right there their office.

Why a Reline?

The pressure of using a denture can actually wear down the bone beneath gum tissue. Eventually, this causes a change in the shape of your jaw so that your denture no longer fits the way it originally did. In a way, your denture outgrows your mouth.

Your bone may have already been affected if your denture:

  • Slips around a lot
  • Chafes and causes sores on your gums
  • Requires an adhesive now more than you did before

This process of bone resorption tends to happen most quickly during the first few months after you get dentures. After that, this continues to happen at a slower rate. This is why it’s common to need a reline within the first six months of getting a new prosthesis.

Don’t depend on a powder or paste to give your denture a secure fit. Tackle the problem right at the source. Contact your dentist today to schedule a denture reline appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Nov
30

Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.

Solution?

Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Sep
14

Why Are My Dentures Sliding Around?

Posted in Dentures

You’ve had your dentures for several years. Just when you’ve (finally!) gotten used to them, they’re suddenly loose and unstable. What happened?

Here’s a hint: it’s not your dentures that have changed!

First off, let’s review how your denture was made. Your denture is probably a solid piece of acrylic. It was designed from an exact mold taken of your mouth. The denture reflects every contour and ridge in your mouth. So how your mouth looked and felt at the time your denture was made is exactly how your denture will stay.

Changes in Your Mouth

The bone under your gum tissue is dynamic and pressure-sensitive. Teeth can move through bone. In fact, the pressure of a tooth nested within the bone encourages it to continue a healthy cycle of wear and reinforcement.

What if you have no teeth left to stimulate the bone?

The ridge of bone underneath gums can gradually resorb and weaken. As this happens, the height and shape of your smile will change. Your perfectly matched denture is no longer a perfect fit!

A well-fitted denture doesn’t usually need much help to stay in place. If you find yourself reaching for a denture adhesive after several years of use, then that’s a sign that your mouth has changed and needs a new fit.

How to Fix Loose Dentures

The surest, safest, and most permanent solution for loose dentures is to bring them in to your dentist.

Depending upon your individual needs and circumstances, your dentist may recommend:

  • Relining
  • Rebasing
  • A new denture

If your denture is slipping around more than usual, it could be time for a checkup!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Jan
31

5 Signs That Your Denture Needs to be Relined or Adjusted

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are made to last as long as possible. However, as we age, our bone or gum tissues may start to shrink – causing our denture to feel loose or not fit properly. As a result, your dentures could cause pain or feel loose when you talk.  If this is the case, you may need to have your dentures adjusted or relined.

What are some of the symptoms you should watch for?

  1. Pain and soreness – When dentures don’t fit properly, they can be painful to wear, or even cause your gums to develop sores.
  2. Food getting caught more often than before – If you are noticing food getting stuck under your dentures after meals, they have probably lost their ideal fit.
  3. Difficulty chewing– If foods you once ate now seem more difficult to enjoy, it could be due to your denture.
  4. Your dentures keep falling out – Your denture should fit snuggly so that it always stays in place. You should be able to chew, talk, sneeze and cough without worrying about your dentures falling out.  If you can’t wear them without applying adhesive, then you need to have your dentist examine them.
  5. Mouth Infections – If dentures have a poor fit, a mouth infection called “thrush” can occur.  This can create redness and soreness of your gums. Your dentist may need to prescribe an antibiotic to clear it up.

As a denture wearer, you should continue to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. He or she will assess your prosthesis for a proper fit, as well as recommend adjustments if needed. If you are beginning to notice any of the above symptoms – call your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Jul
24

How to Have a Better Fitting Denture

Posted in Dentures

A great fitting denture is essential to feeling comfortable and confident throughout the day. Without a secure fit, dentures can lead to extra bone loss, sores inside of your mouth and even cause pain.

How can you help your denture fit better, longer?

Take Your Denture Out at Night

One of the most important steps in denture home care is to remove the denture each and every night. This prevents excessive bone loss due to the pressure of the prosthesis over your jaws. Your bone needs time to rest, so nighttime is the best chance to meet that need. Be sure to soak your denture as well, to loosen and remove buildup that may have deposited throughout the day. 

Consider Having Your Denture Re-lined

Don’t rely on adhesives or pastes to keep your denture secure. These should only be used on a temporary basis – not a long term one. If your denture won’t stay in place without them, then you may need to have it relined by your dentist. This process is relatively simple, and it provides a new, updated, custom fit to the natural contour of your mouth. It’s a great way to “update” the fit of your current denture. 

See Your Dentist for Check-ups

If you’ve lost weight, been hospitalized or it has been years since a dental visit, the fit of your denture may have changed tremendously. Your dentist can assess your fit and examine your mouth to determine whether or not the denture needs to be adjusted or even replaced.

Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, you should be seeing your dentist for a check-up at least once a year for a healthy smile. Schedule your visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Apr
30

Three Signs You May Need a New Denture

Posted in Dentures

We all want the greatest return on our investments. The same goes for our dentures. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last several years. From time to time they may need to be adjusted or re-lined to help them fit better, but eventually all dentures wear out. Here are a few things to look for:

Your Denture Rocks Back and Forth

A good-fitting denture will hug your jaw line and seal against your gum tissues. If it begins rocking back and forth during use, something is wrong. This may be due to normal anatomical changes in your bone, or simply from the acrylic plate being worn out due to extended use. If the denture is broken, it may not fit in place properly either. Although some repairs are possible, it is important for the foundation of the denture to still remain in one piece. 

Sore Spots Occur Frequently

Repeated sore spots under your prosthesis mean it is not putting pressure in the right places when you chew. If one area of your mouth is constantly being exposed to more than the right amount of pressure, the soft tissues under the denture will not be able to withstand it. This could create chronic pain and infection if not addressed quickly. 

You’ve Lost Weight

Significant weight loss due to health changes or diet can even reflect loss of mass within your mouth. Although it occurs gradually, your denture will seem to no longer fit, even with pastes or adhesives. Relining the denture may help, but many people need an entirely new denture.

Denture designs have dramatically improved over the past several years. Ask your dentist which type of denture can help you feel and look more confident.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Dec
5

Four Reasons it Hurts to Wear Your Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures should feel comfortable, leaving you confident to take on whatever challenges the day may hold. Whether it’s speaking clearly to one of your friends, or just enjoying breakfast – the fit of your dentures has an enormous impact on your quality of life. If your dentures are causing discomfort, there might be an underlying cause. Here are a few reasons why some people experience pain or soreness when they were a removable prosthesis like dentures:

You’ve Had Your Denture for Several Years

The older your denture is, the more wear it has experienced. Just like other types of restorations, dentures can wear out. If you’ve had the denture relined in the past and it seems to need it again, you are most likely due up for a new one completely.  

You’ve Lost Weight

When you lose weight, it shows. Even inside of your mouth, your tissues are slimmer. This can cause the base of your denture to not seal properly, resulting in a loose fit. Relining the denture is recommended. 

Changes in Your Bone

Bone loss occurs naturally over time, causing the anatomy of your mouth to change. If you wear your denture too long (such as sleeping in it at night without taking it out), the bone may resorb more quickly. This results in an imperfect fit, causing the denture to rock in place or rub sore spots. 

There is an Infection

Oral hygiene is important – even for dentures. Not keeping your prosthesis clean can cause bacterial infections to develop. Thrush is a common example. Ask your dentist about the best way to clean your denture each day and always have sores checked if they do not heal within 2 weeks.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
20

What is a Denture Reline?

Posted in Dentures

If you’ve had your denture for several years and have begun to notice it not fitting quite as snuggly as it used to, you might benefit from a denture reline. Denture relines are used to create a new surface area inside of the denture so that it seals securely when you place it into your mouth. A tighter seal means less rocking, eliminating sore spots, and extending the life of your prosthesis.

Having your denture relined is like adding another layer of material over the denture, similar to the material that is already there. Occasionally our bone changes, which can make our denture fail to fit properly. To reline the denture you will need to have an impression taken of your mouth. This is then used to create a model of your mouth so that reline material can be placed between your new oral anatomy features and your already existing prosthesis. Rather than replacing your denture altogether, relining is a simple procedure that doesn’t take much time at all.

Wearing your denture for extended periods of time (such as not taking it out at night) can cause bone loss. This decreases the lifetime of your denture’s fit and can cause further bone loss due to irregular pressure being placed on the jaws. Sore spots and raw areas are common as well.

Denture adhesives and pastes shouldn’t be something that you rely on everyday. If you’re finding that you cannot comfortably wear your denture without the use of an adhesive, then it’s time to see your dentist. Having your denture relined is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to extend the life of you denture rather than replacing it completely.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
18

Three Signs You Need a New Denture

Posted in Dentures

How is your denture fitting? Have you had it for a long time? Here are some things to look for when you’re wondering whether or not your denture needs to be replaced with a new one.

You’ve lost a lot of weight.

When we lose weight, we also use volume in the tissues throughout our mouth. Whether by diet or from a health condition, significant weight loss may make it where our denture no longer suctions into place or has wide gaps around it that interfere with talking or eating.  

Your denture is loose or rocks when you’re wearing it.

A properly fitted denture should never need adhesive or pastes to keep it in place. Rocking or moving of your denture during the day means that it isn’t fitting right. Instead, suction should always hold it into place. If you’re using an over the counter product to secure your denture, then it’s time to have your dentist check it. 

You’re developing sore spots on a regular basis.

Excessive denture wear or changes in our bone anatomy can cause an irregular fit that causes sore spots or rubbing under our denture. If these areas continue for more than 1-2 weeks, you may need to have your dentist adjust your denture or check your bite.

Thankfully your dentist can also offer services such as denture relining and repair to keep your prosthesis fitting as long as possible. Even if you wear dentures, it’s important to see your dentist regularly for check-ups. If you haven’t seen your dentist in the last year, schedule your annual exam, oral cancer screening and denture check-up today.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

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