If you’ve been wearing the same set of dentures for over five years and they don’t fit like they used to, it might be time to replace them. However, if it’s only been a couple of years and they’re giving you trouble, a reline may be enough to correct the issue.
When to See the Dentist about Your Denture Problem
Whether you are experiencing slight irritation or have a cracked denture, schedule a visit with your denturist at your soonest convenience. Besides being inconvenient, denture issues can cause, and be caused by, discomfort and overall health problems. There are several signs that your denture may need adjusting or replacing:
- Loose Fit or Slippage
- Irritation or Sores
- Chips or Cracks
- Recurrent Gum Disease
- Discoloration or Wear of Teeth
Remember never to sleep with your dentures in, as this can cause some of the above symptoms and shorten the life of your denture.
What is a Denture Reline or Rebasing?
The contours of your gums can change over time due to bone loss, gum disease, and other factors. Changes in your gum size and shape cause dentures to feel loose or slip out of place. A reline adds another layer to the base of your denture to improve fit.
Sometimes the base wears very thin while the denture teeth are still in good condition. Rebasing is when the entire base is replaced, but the teeth are left intact.
When to Replace the Whole Denture
If your dentures are very loose, there is significant damage to the base, or the teeth are worn and stained, it’s probably time to replace them. Your smile is an important part of maintaining confidence and expressing yourself; don’t let an old, ill-fitting, and worn denture keep you from being your true self.
To learn more about our denture services, call our clinic today!