Denture Realignment: Why It's Necessary and What Patients Can Expect By Dr. Damon on March 16, 2015

An older woman smilingAt Texas Denture Clinic, we are able to help patients throughout the greater Fort Worth area with their dental care needs. This includes all kinds of dental care services to repair and reline dentures. This helps patients have smiles that look great and are healthy as well.

We'd like to use this particular blog post to go over the basics of denture relinement so you understand why it's such an important part of regular denture maintenance and care.

What is denture realignment?

Known as denture realignment and denture relining, the process is performed in order to improve the fit of the denture along the dental ridge. This change in a denture's fit can be caused by a variety of things, including gum recession, bone loss, injury to the dental ridge, medical conditions, or a combination of the various factors.

The teeth of the appliance will not need to be repaired or revised during a reline. Instead, the reline only focuses on the surface of the denture that braces around the gumline of the patient's dental ridge.

Why does bone loss and gum recession occur when I am missing teeth?

When a person has experienced tooth loss, especially major tooth loss, there is no longer a root structure in place for the gum tissue and bone tissue to support. Because of this, there is a natural and more rapid loss of tissue density in the area of the gap. If many or all of the teeth are missing along the dental ridge, significant changes to bone and gum density are likely.

Keep in mind that these issues of bone loss and gum recession can be prevented if patients decide to get dental implants to support their denture. This option can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

How often should dentures be relined?

This can vary from patient to patient, but in general, dentures should be relined every two years. Once you begin to notice the denture slipping or falling, it is a good idea to bring up the matters with your dentist so a relining process can be discussed.

The Denture Reline Process

Most denture relines involve taking an impression of the patient's dental ridge. This impression is then sent with the denture to a dental lab so that the new fit can be properly crafted to meet the needs of the patient. There are different kinds of relines that can be performed.

Types of Denture Relines

The denture reline options are as follows:

  • Hard Denture Relines - This type of reline procedure involves the creation of a strong and firm acrylic lining for the denture based on the new impression of the dental arch.
  • Soft Denture Relines - Soft denture relines use more pliable materials for the new fitting, such as waxy rubber or hard rubber. This tends to be ideal when the previous denture lining caused pain or sores along the dental arch.
  • Temporary Denture Relines - This is the type of reline that is used to take impressions of the dental ridge. It can also be used to line the denture if it causes pain or sores along the dental ridge.

Contact Texas Denture Clinic

For more information about dentures and how they can help you have a beautiful smile that's fully functional, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team here at Texas Denture Clinic looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve all of your dental health goals.

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