Repairs / Relines

You never know what mishaps can suddenly happen to your dentures – and when you least expect it. We’re here to repair or reline your dentures as quickly as possible to keep you looking your best.

Relines

DSC_0231We advise our patients to have their denture or partial checked out every year and a half to two years. Come see us before then especially if new problems are arising.

Relines are necessary when your denture or partial is mobile or wobbly or you are using an abnormal amount of adhesive (1/2 of a tube of goo). The reline will fill in all the little nooks and crannies that have shrunken over time.  Shrinkage is normal, to a point.  If your denture is excessively rattling around in your mouth, shrinkage could be speeding up.  Abnormal trauma to the ridges in your mouth could break down the dense bone, changing it into flabby tissue. Relines, however, are a normal process for dentures and partials.

Two Types of Relines (both require a new impression under your current denture)

DSC_0237A hard reline replaces the impression material with an acrylic very similar to the material already making up your denture.  If your denture’s acrylic is overly bulky or thick, it can often be thinned down and reshaped at this time!

A soft reline replaces the impression material with a medical-grade silicone material.  This material does not have the extended life of the hard acrylic and since it is porous, needs to be kept very clean.  A soft liner can be wonderful for a person who has chronic sore spots. However, adding a soft liner may increase the thickness of the acrylic giving it a bulky feel. Warning: If you have a problem with candidiasis (thrush), the soft liner can harbor these microorganisms.

Repairs

DSC_0212Chances are at some point in time you’ll need a repair.  It may be as small as a chipped tooth or one that pops out – often a very easy and quick repair. A more extensive repair is when the dog transforms your denture into something unrecognizable or an accidental “oops” as your denture falls onto the bathroom tile and breaks into unwearable pieces.

Bring your denture or partial in as soon as you can.  It is easiest to fix when the break is clean and most of the pieces are still available to work with.  Most repairs can be made within a couple hours and have you on your way!  Broken clasps and odd tooth shades or molds will take longer.
Temporary fixes at home can make it very difficult to get an accurate repair.  Superglue doesn’t allow a fractured plate or broken tooth to be precisely refitted and it is very difficult to remove (not to mention the toxicity of Superglue).

DSCN0061Please do not try to fix your denture or partial yourself unless you absolutely have no other choice (like popping out a tooth at your granddaughter’s wedding would be one of those times…!).  If you must, and again definitely NOT recommended, use only a pin-head size amount of the adhesive of your choosing and no more – just enough to get you by “temporarily”.