Sometimes dental health can deteriorate to the extent at which missing teeth must be replaced. The most common method of doing that is to utilize what are called Dentures. Dentures can be removed and put back into your mouth, serving as replacements for any teeth that you may be missing. With acrylic around the base that fits over the gums, dentures are made custom based on impressions that are taken from your mouth. There are three different types of Dentures, including Conventional Full Dentures, Immediate Full Dentures, and Partial Dentures.Conventional Dentures are put into use after any of the teeth remaining in your mouth are removed so that all of your teeth will be replaced by the Dentures. These can be used after all tissue is healed, which can be a process that takes several months.
Immediate Dentures are a two-step process. Able to be inserted immediately after remaining teeth have been removed, they must also be resized a few months down the road. This is because the bone beneath your gums will reshape as it heals and the immediate dentures will become loose.
Partial Dentures utilize a metal frame that aligns with your natural teeth. This solution allows you to keep any remaining teeth you may have without needing to remove all natural teeth from your gums. Sometimes anchors will be formed by placing crowns on certain remaining natural teeth.
Regardless of the type of dentures you may choose, occasionally a denture reline will become necessary. You will know when it's time for a reline when your dentures start to feel a little uncomfortable, or even just slightly different than they did before. This can be caused by a change in shape of the dentures themselves, or even a natural reshaping of your gums as well. This is not a cause for concern, and a reline is a relatively easy process.
There are two types of relines: soft relines and hard relines. A soft reline simply utilizes a liquid polymer to add more cushion and absorption to the denture. It can be done at the dentist's office very quickly. A hard reline is more of a permanent solution, utilizing material more similar to what is used to create the denture to begin with. However, this process requires your dentures be sent to a lab, leaving you without them for a certain amount of time determined by the extent of the reline.
Dentures can be fragile equipment that may call for a repair every now and then. Ways to avoid this are to only handle your dentures over a soft surface or over a sink filled with water to avoid any hard impacts should they be dropped. Whenever you suspect your dentures may need repair, don't be afraid to ask your dentist. They'll be sure to tell you if it requires more than a simple reline. Timely repairs are crucial as damaged dentures can lead to noticeable trouble chewing and subsequently an increase in the damage.