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What to Know About Denture Repairs and Relines

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Dentures are a great option if you have lost your natural teeth. They boost your confidence, help you chew and speak better, and improve your smile. However, like anything else, dentures can experience wear and tear over time. Denture repairs and relines are useful in this situation. If you are a denture wearer or considering dentures, it is important to understand these processes to keep your dentures in top condition. 


What Are Denture Repairs?

Denture repairs involve fixing a broken or damaged denture. This can include anything from a minor chip to a more serious crack or break. Dentures are made from durable materials, but they are not indestructible. Over time, they can become damaged from regular use, accidental drops, or changes in your mouth’s structure.


Common Reasons for Denture Repairs

1. Accidental Damage: Dropping your dentures on a hard surface is one of the most common causes of damage. Even a small drop can cause cracks or chips.

2. Wear and Tear: Just like natural teeth, dentures experience wear and tear from daily use. Over time, this can lead to thinning and weakening of the denture material.

3. Fit Issues: As your mouth changes, your dentures may not fit as well as they used to. This can cause pressure points and eventually lead to cracks or breaks.

4. Poor Maintenance: Not taking proper care of your dentures can lead to damage. This includes not cleaning them regularly or using inappropriate cleaning solutions.


Types of Denture Repairs

1. Simple Repairs: Minor chips or cracks can often be repaired quickly and easily. This usually involves bonding the broken pieces together or filling in a chipped area.

2. Complex Repairs: More severe damage, such as a completely broken denture, may require more extensive work. This could involve rebasing or replacing parts of the denture.

3. Tooth Replacement: If a denture tooth becomes loose or falls out, it can be replaced. This is usually a straightforward process but should be done by a professional to ensure a proper fit.


The Repair Process

The repair process typically involves the following steps:

1. Assessment: Your denturist will examine your dentures to determine the extent of the damage.

2. Cleaning: Before any repair work begins, your dentures will be thoroughly cleaned.

3. Repair: The necessary repairs will be made using special denture materials. This could involve bonding, rebasing, or replacing parts of the denture.

4. Polishing: Once the repairs are complete, your dentures will be polished to restore their appearance.

5. Fit Check: Finally, we will check the fit of your repaired dentures to ensure they are comfortable and functional.


What Are Denture Relines?

Remaking the underside of a denture to enhance fit is known as denture relining. Over time, your gums and bones can change, causing your dentures to become loose. Relining helps to adjust the fit without making a completely new denture.


Types of Denture Relines

1. Soft Relines: A soft reline involves adding a flexible material to the underside of the denture. This can provide added comfort, especially for those with sensitive gums. Soft relines typically last one to two years.

2. Hard Relines: A hard reline uses a more durable material that is similar to the original denture base. This type of reline can last longer but may not be as comfortable initially as a soft reline.

3. Temporary Relines: Temporary relines are used when gums are swollen or irritated. They provide a short-term solution until the gums have healed and a permanent reline can be done.


The Reline Process

The process for relining dentures usually involves the following steps:

1. Impression: Your denturist will take an impression of your mouth to create a mold.

2. Preparation: The denture is prepared by cleaning and possibly trimming the existing base.

3. Application: The new lining material is applied to the denture base and shaped to fit your mouth.

4. Adjustment: After the material has been set, the denture is adjusted for a comfortable fit.

5. Final Check: Your dentist will ensure that the relined denture fits well and functions properly.


The Importance of Professional Care

While it might be tempting to try DIY repairs or relines, it’s important to seek professional help. Denture materials and techniques require specialized knowledge and tools. Attempting to fix your dentures on your own can lead to further damage and discomfort.


Benefits of Professional Care

1. Proper Fit: Professionals ensure that repairs and relines provide a proper fit, preventing discomfort and further issues.

2. Durability: Professional repairs and relines are more durable and reliable than DIY solutions.

3. Comfort: Denturists can adjust your dentures to maximize comfort, especially after a reline.

4. Expert Advice: Your denturist can provide valuable advice on maintaining your dentures and when to consider further adjustments or replacements.


Denture repairs and relines are essential for maintaining the functionality and comfort of your dentures. Understanding when and why these processes are needed can help you keep your dentures in the best possible condition. Always seek professional care for repairs and relines to ensure your dentures continue to serve you well.

At Cain Denture Centers, we are here to help you with all your denture needs, from repairs to relines and beyond. Schedule your consultation with us today!


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