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5 Facts About Denture Adjustments and Relining

A Denture
Dentures are a life-changing type of dental prosthesis that are flexible enough to replace either all or just some of your teeth. While they are generally considered a permanent appliance that will last multiple decades with care, you still need occasional adjustments and relining procedures over that time period.

Knowing how adjustments and relining work will help you choose the right time to spend money on these denture maintenance and repair procedures. Before assuming that you need this kind of work on a brand new set of dentures, find out the facts.

1. Wear and Tear Over Time

Basic wear and tear is one of the most common reasons for needing either denture adjustment or a relining procedure. Since your gums and the underlying bone assert a surprising amount of pressure on the resins and acrylics used to build dentures, eventually your dentures will subtly change shape and fit less accurately. 

Ridges can flatten slightly while other edges curl in or wear away. Aside from experiencing new rubbing or sores, you may also suddenly have trouble keeping your dentures firmly attached to your gums for an entire day if new gaps are opening up due to a changing fit.

2. Long-Term Discomfort

Denture adjustments are sometimes necessary immediately after you start wearing a new set of dentures. However, some fit issues with new dentures are better solved by simply waiting for your gum tissue to get used to the fit instead. When a pinching or rubbing spot doesn't settle on its own within a few weeks, it's definitely time to try adjusting the fit by altering the dentures instead.

Since your gum tissue and underlying bone change shape regularly after your teeth have been extracted, it's always possible for the fit of your dentures to change. Your dentist can help you determine whether a new liner is enough for a tighter and more comfortable fit or if larger adjustments are needed.

3. Reline Decision

Relining is a routine maintenance procedure in which the layer that directly rests on your gum tissue is reshaped and replaced due to routine wear and tear. Even if you know it's time to reline due to new fit issues and obvious wear on the dentures, you still need to make a choice between soft and hard relining materials.

Soft denture liners offer more comfort, especially if you've just recently started wearing dentures. However, the softer material doesn't last as long and needs more small adjustments in between full relining procedures. Hard liners are much longer-lasting and can still be quite comfortable with a proper fit, but you may need to send your dentures away to a lab to complete the installation into your dentures.

4. Damage Prevention

Any time you bring your dentures in to have a cracked or bent part of the appliance repaired, you likely also need an adjustment or reline as well. Unless you dropped the denture or otherwise damaged it outside of your mouth, a fit issue is likely what caused the damage in the first place.

Realignment and fit adjustments prevent excess pressure from causing excessive damage to the denture. Not only will a pressure point irritate your gum tissue, it also increases the chances of expensive damage to your dentures.

5. Cosmetic Improvement

Some denture adjustments are just for looks, and that's a perfectly reasonable reason to request a repair or alteration. Changing the size or angle of a tooth, getting a more natural-looking gum line, and cutting back on visible edges and molding can all make your dentures even harder to notice.

Here at Palmetto Denture Care, PA, we specialize in all denture services, including adjustments and relining. Schedule an appointment with us today if you're concerned about the fit or look of your current dentures.