152015May

A Tune-Up for Your Dentures

A Tune-Up for Your DenturesWhen something is important to you, you take care of it. You mow your lawn. You tune your piano. You rotate the tires on your vehicle every few months. And you don’t wait until they fall apart to take action. You care for these things to prevent them from breaking down in the first place. It’s all part of taking care of the things that take care of you.

If you wear dentures, you know they’re an integral part of the face you show to the rest of the world. You depend on them every day for your convenience, your confidence, and your smile. With so much riding on them, don’t you think they’re worth as much scheduled maintenance as any other item that adds value to your life?

When was the last time you visited us for a denture reline? If your initial fitting or most recent reline was two years ago or more, it’s time to give us a call and make an appointment. Regular relines are essential for continuous comfort and well-fitting feel of your dentures.

Many people don’t realize that the human mouth changes shape as time goes by. As you age, your gums, your soft palate, even the bones in your skull can shift slightly, and this affects the fit of your dentures. If not adjusted regularly, they can cause serious discomfort. Gradually or suddenly, you may find yourself with difficulty chewing, speaking, or both! In addition, ill-fitting dentures can contribute to the erosion of the bone and soft tissues in your mouth, through constant pressure and abrasion.

Some people rely too heavily on dental adhesives to alleviate the problems caused by badly-fitting dentures. However, these products are designed to hold dentures in place within the mouth, not to provide a barrier between the dentures and the gums. Therefore, they don’t address the root of the problem. The only way to adjust the fit of your dentures is to come in for a reline.

At Island Dental Associates, we offer both hard and soft denture reline services, and we will take the time to discuss with you which option will best fit your needs. A “hard reline” involves placing a cast over the surface of your mouth that will be in contact with the dentures. From this cast, we will make a mold which we will use to fabricate a new surface for your dentures that will last for years.

In a “soft reline,” we will replace the surface of your dentures with a pliable, flexible layer of acrylic resin or another appropriate material. This kind of reline requires more maintenance, and the results may not last as long as a hard reline. However, it may be a better option for you if your gums are more sensitive, and applying the cast would cause too much discomfort or bleeding.

Whichever kind of reline you choose, we can usually do it right in our lab within a few hours. That means you won’t have to leave our office without your smile! In addition, our technicians will work with you to choose the perfect color for you from the hundreds we have in stock. You won’t have to worry about walking out with dentures that don’t match the natural shade of your mouth.