Dentures are removable appliances that are made to replace missing teeth. They provide shape to the mouth and give the appearance of a natural smile. They also allow patients who have lost their teeth to eat, drink, and speak normally.
At Main Street Dentistry, we offer implant-retained dentures. These are dentures that attach to metal implants in the bone rather than resting on the gums. This is a stable and secure way to ensure your dentures stay in and is popular for lower dentures, which tend to slip out of place more often than upper dentures.
Partial dentures are used when the patient still has multiple natural teeth remaining. They can fill in the gaps left by lost teeth and better distribute pressure from chewing amongst the remaining teeth. They also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting or moving over time. Partials are usually made out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic—although metal partials are sturdier.
- Rinse dentures carefully after eating to dislodge any remaining food particles.
- Brush your dentures gently, making sure to cleanse them completely.
- When not in use, store your dentures in water to prevent them from warping or becoming misshapen.
While dentures should fit securely in your mouth, over time, changes to gum tissue may occur and give your dentures a looser feeling. Because of this, dentures require regular checkups and maintenance to stay in top shape. Dentures may also need to be replaced entirely if the wear or the fit has changed too drastically.
One of the most important repairs that dentures require is relining. This is where the lining of the denture is replaced with one that better fits the patient’s current mouth.
- Hard relining should be done every two years. During a hard reline, the old lining is removed, and a mold is taken of the patient’s mouth. This mold is sent to a lab so that a new, custom lining can be created.
- A soft reline is better for patients who are prone to sore spots from the hard lining. This is where the lining is replaced with a softer, more pliable material than the usual acrylic. Soft relining should also be done every two years.
Rebasing is an option if the denture teeth are in good condition but the base, the part in contact with your gums, is old or cracked. With rebasing, the entire acrylic denture base is replaced without replacing the denture teeth. The process is similar to relining except that the entire base is replaced instead of just the lining.
Talk to Dr. Sabbagh or Dr. Salahieh if you’re experiencing changes in the fit of your dentures to decide what type of maintenance is right for you. If you want to restore your smile with a new set of dentures, book an appointment with our office today!