For many individuals in Long Island, getting fitted with full dentures, partial dentures, and permanent dentures has enabled them to eat, smile, and speak like they once did before losing their natural teeth. Most importantly, they no longer have to fear being self-conscious about how they look to others. However, once you have lost your natural teeth, you can experience changes in your gum tissue and the loss of jawbone mass. When these issues occur, your dentures will no longer fit in the same manner as they did when they were new.
When your dentures no longer fit properly, you might develop sore spots in your gums because they have started to rub. Fortunately, Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square and Shine Dental Associates in Syosset have a solution for you. Dentures that are fitting improperly can be relined thereby making them comfortable to wear and more functional again. In most cases, we can reline your dentures in one day so that you experience only a minor inconvenience in the process.
Denture relines are relatively simple to do. When you come in for your appointment, we remove your dentures, trim down the plastic material where it may be rubbing, and then spread an impression material over them. At that point, your denture will be placed back in your mouth so that you can bite down on this material and form a new impression of your gums. In so doing, our lab will be able to recreate your denture lining so that they fit properly again and you no longer experience any discomfort.
This process is commonly referred to as a “hard reline.” You can leave the office, take care of what you need to without much interruption, and then return later that day in order to be refitted with your newly relined dentures. Another option is a “soft reline” which involves the use of a softer, temporary material. This provides your dentures with more cushion so that those sore areas that have developed can heal prior to undergoing the hard reline.
There is no point in suffering with improperly fitting dentures and if you have been doing this, we encourage you to contact Island Dental Associates or Shine Dental Associates so that we can correct the situation for you. Please contact us today and speak with one of our staff members so that we can schedule an appointment for you.