Dentures are always made to follow the contour of your mouth to provide you with a great fit. As time passes, however, your mouth may change, leading to a poor fit. We are more than happy to reshape your dentures to the current contours of your mouth, known as relining. At Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, Washington, we offer both hard-based and soft-based relines. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.
Denture relining is a simple and affordable procedure that reshapes the underside of a denture to make it more comfortable as it rests against the tissue in your mouth.
There are two different types of denture relining that are performed in your preferred Berlanga Dentures clinic:
Most denture wearers prefer soft relines, especially if they have sensitive gums. A soft reline requires using a liquid polymer to layer the material into the denture, adding support, depth, and extra cushion against the tissue of your mouth. The process is relatively quick and is done in the office. Because the material is soft and porous, it may require more tweaks than a hard reline.
A hard reline uses a material that looks and feels very similar to your hardened denture base. It is widely considered less comfortable than a soft reline, but typically last longer.
If you currently wear dentures, you know that they don't really replace your missing teeth. If you have had your denture for five or more years, they most likely need a reline. When you have your natural teeth a bone in your jaw helps hold and support those teeth, and that same bone is used by your denture for support and suction.
If your natural teeth have been removed, your body realizes that the bone is no longer necessary, and over time it will begin to recede. Over the years, as that bone is lost, the support for your denture diminishes. This means your denture has less and less support and no longer fits the way it did when new.
These gradual changes ultimately lead to poor-fitting dentures, and can cause:
Poor-fitting dentures also put your oral health at risk, as they can trap bacteria, food particles, and other debris in your mouth.
For more information about the denture relining process, call the experts at Berlanga Dentures or book an appointment online today.
Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present, and cover and rest on the tissue and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures as well.