It is important to realize that dentures need to be maintained in order to offer an individual with the most effective use. The costs related in dentures does not end after the dentures are purchased, they require follow up appointments, cleaning, relining and other accessories when necessary.
Follow up appointments are essential for the individual for factors that may require occlusion modifications or adjustments required from changes in tissue.
Patient’s dentures will require regular cleaning for the following reasons:
- Disinfecting to avoid the formation of harmful bacteria
- Stain removal
- Removal of food particles
- Removal and prevention of plaque
Patients can have their dentures cleaned using either an Ultraviolet or Ultrasonic cleaner. In addition, patients will be advised to soak their dentures in a solution of water and effervescent tablets each night.
The Process of Denture Relining
This procedure involves a refitting of a patient’s denture. The relining procedure is required when the bone and tissues in the mouth transform. When the dentures are not fitting snugly in the mouth and have become loose a reline procedure will be required. Factors that relate to having dentures relined will include weight loss, medications, health issues and alcohol consumption.
There are two types of relining methods available, the first is a hard reline and offers a longer term solution opposed to the softer method. Soft relines offer the patient with a temporary solution and can be a more affordable option. Soft relining can even be purchased as a kit and used at home. However, these kits usually offer only three days of use before another kit will be needed.
Denture relining procedures are essential in maintaining the use of the dentures once they no longer fit the mouth in the correct manner. The hard relining option may be costly, but will offer a long term solution to the problem.