Ensuring Comfort and Fit
At DentaCare Dental, we know dentures play a crucial role in restoring smiles and enabling proper oral function for individuals with missing teeth. Over time, dentures may lose their fit due to changes in the jaw structure, wear and tear, and other factors. This is where denture relines and adjustments come into play. Our Longview, TX, dentist, Dr. Edward Hobbs, delves into denture relines and adjustments, exploring their importance in maintaining both comfort and fit.
Why Is Denture Fit Necessary?
Dentures are designed to fit securely over the gums and remaining bone structure in the mouth. However, the initial fit of dentures can change over time. This is due to bone resorption, a natural process in which the bone that once supported natural teeth gradually changes shape. As a result, dentures that were once a snug fit may start to feel loose or uncomfortable.
Signs That Denture Adjustment Is Needed
Knowing when your dentures need adjustment is crucial for your oral health and overall well-being. Look out for signs such as:
- Sore spots or redness on gums
- Dentures frequently slip or move
- Discomfort while chewing or speaking
- Clicking sounds when eating
- Changes in speech clarity
- Visible changes in denture fit
- Difficulty in biting down evenly
- Irritation or ulcers in the mouth
- Gum tenderness or inflammation
- Jaw pain or discomfort
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, consider seeking a denture adjustment appointment from Dr. Hobbs for improved comfort and function.
Denture relining is a dental procedure aimed at improving the fit and comfort of dentures. Over time, dentures can become ill-fitting due to changes in the oral structures, such as the gums and underlying bone. This can result in discomfort, sore spots, difficulty chewing, and even changes in speech. Denture relining addresses these issues by adjusting the inner surface of the denture base to better conform to the current contours of the mouth.
Soft Denture Reline
Soft relines involve applying a pliable material to the denture base. This type of reline is often recommended for individuals with sensitive gums or those experiencing discomfort from hard denture bases.
Hard Denture Reline
A hard reline, on the other hand, involves applying a more durable material to the denture base. This procedure typically requires impressions to be taken of your mouth to create a new fit that corresponds to the current shape of your gums and jaw.
Temporary Denture Relines
Temporary relines can provide interim relief while awaiting a hard reline. They offer short-term comfort and improved fit until a more permanent solution is ready.
Reshaping the Base
Adjustments often involve reshaping the base of the denture to ensure a snug fit against your gums and oral tissues.
Realigning Partial Denture Clasps
Partial dentures may require adjustments to the clasps that secure them to your natural teeth. Properly aligned clasps ensure stability and comfort.
A balanced bite is essential for comfortable chewing and speaking. Adjustments might be made to ensure that both sides of your mouth exert equal pressure while biting down.
Process of Denture Relines and Adjustments
The process begins with a thorough examination by a qualified dentist. Although specific practitioners like Dr. Edward Hobbs are experienced in this field, it’s essential to consult with a professional specializing in dentures.
After the examination, he’ll take impressions to create molds of your mouth. These impressions are then used in the laboratory to modify the denture base. During a fitting appointment, we’ll have you try on the adjusted or relined dentures to ensure they fit comfortably. He may schedule follow-up visits to fine-tune the fit.
Aftercare and Maintenance
Once you have your adjusted or relined dentures, it’s important to perform proper care and maintenance to ensure your dentures continue to fit well and support your oral health.
- Clean your dentures regularly using recommended cleaning solutions.
- Store them properly when not in use.
- Keep up with routine dental check-ups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I reline my dentures at home using over-the-counter kits?
While there are denture reline kits available, it’s recommended to have relines performed by a dental professional. DIY kits might not provide the same level of precision and quality as a dentist’s expertise. Professional denture relines can ensure a proper fit and help prevent potential oral health issues.
How long does a denture reline procedure take?
The timeline can vary depending on the type of relining and the specific adjustments needed. In some cases, your dentist may complete a soft reline in a single appointment. A hard reline might require multiple appointments, as it involves laboratory work. Your dentist can provide an estimated treatment timeline based on your situation.
Can reline or adjustments be done on implant-supported dentures?
Yes, denture relines and adjustments can also be performed on implant-supported dentures. However, the process might differ slightly due to the presence of dental implants. Your dentist will tailor the approach based on your situation.
Are denture relines covered by insurance?
Some dental insurance plans cover denture relines, while others might consider them as elective procedures. Check with your insurance provider to understand the coverage details and any potential out-of-pocket expenses.
Ready to Enjoy Comfortable Dentures? Take Action Today!
If you’ve been experiencing discomfort, sore spots, or changes in the fit of your dentures, it’s time to prioritize your oral health and overall well-being. Denture relines and adjustments can make a significant difference in your comfort, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Contact our Longview office at (903) 309-2142 today to discuss any denture concerns.
You can also book your appointment online. DentaCare Dental welcomes new and returning patients in the Longview area and surrounding areas of Marshall, Gladewater, Lakeport, and Kilgore, TX. We look forward to meeting you!