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Know When it’s Time to Reline or Rebase Your Dentures

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One of the most common questions we encounter is, “When should I consider relining or rebasing my dentures?” Both are essential steps in maintaining your denture’s optimal function and comfort. This article will help you understand when it’s the right time for these procedures and why they’re crucial for your oral health.

Understanding Denture Relining and Rebasing

Before diving into the details, it’s essential to comprehend the concepts of denture relining and rebasing. Denture relining is a process where your dental professional adjusts the underside of your denture to make it fit more comfortably against your gums. This is often necessary due to natural changes in your mouth structure, such as gum and bone loss, which can occur with age or following tooth extraction.

On the other hand, denture rebasing is a more comprehensive modification. This procedure replaces the entire base or pink acrylic portion of a denture while keeping the original teeth. This is typically required when the base is broken, ill-fitting, or has become unsuitable due to wear and tear.

Identifying the Need for Denture Relining or Rebasing

  • Comfort and Fit

The most obvious sign that it’s time for a reline or rebase is discomfort. If you start to feel pain or sore spots in your mouth, your dentures may need adjusting. Discomfort may occur due to alterations in your oral anatomy, such as shrinking gums, which leads to poor denture fit.

  • Changes in Stability

Your dentures should be stable and not cause any difficulties while speaking or eating. If you notice they are becoming loose, slipping, or causing slurred speech, this instability could indicate a need for denture relining or rebasing.

  • Periodic Maintenance

Even without any noticeable symptoms, it’s advisable to have your dentures relined every one to two years. This timeframe can vary depending on individual oral health and lifestyle factors. However, staying proactive can help maintain the optimal fit of your dentures and prevent potential issues.

  • Breakage or Damage

If your dentures have cracks, chips, or fractured base, rebasing is generally recommended. Attempting to repair damaged dentures without professional help can lead to bigger problems, potentially making the dentures unusable.

Importance of Timely Intervention

Why should you reline or rebase your dentures in due time? The most straightforward answer is maintaining comfort, oral health, and quality of life. Ill-fitting dentures can cause unnecessary discomfort, affect your ability to chew food properly, and potentially cause embarrassment due to slippage.

Furthermore, poorly fitting dentures can lead to mouth sores, infections, and further loss of bone structure in the jaw. By seeking timely intervention, you can mitigate these risks and continue to enjoy the benefits of your dental prosthetics.

The Procedure: What to Expect

Relining or rebasing your dentures is a relatively simple procedure, typically completed in one or two visits to your dental professional. The process involves taking new impressions of your oral structures, which will then be used to adjust or recreate the denture base.

Although relining or rebasing can enhance denture fit, remember they are not always the final solution. Dentures generally have a lifespan of about five to ten years. If your dentures have aged or your oral health has significantly changed, it might be time for a new set of dentures.

In conclusion, recognizing the signs of denture relining or rebasing is important to maintaining oral health. Regular check-ups with your dental professional will provide the opportunity to adjust your dentures as needed and monitor your overall oral health. Remember, comfortable dentures mean a healthier, happier you.

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