Whether you’ve just received new dentures in Montville or you’ve had them for years, your dentist probably mentioned that they come with a certain level of maintenance. That means cleaning them daily and making sure they don’t warp or change shape for any reason. Of course, even with this daily care, you’ll still run into fitting issues eventually. These problems need to be addressed by a dentist and cannot be fixed on your own.
If you’re currently experiencing fitting issues, here are three ways your dentist can help.
A Soft Reline
A sift reline involves using liquid polymer to add depth and cushion into the denture. Once the polymer has hardened, your dentist will give you a chance to wear it and confirm its comfortability.
Soft relines are typically the more preferred option for a couple reasons. First, soft relines are typically more comfortable for patients. They’re also much quicker to perform when done chairside compared to sending to a dental lab.
While soft relines can be done relatively quick and offer fast relief to new denture-adopters, they won’t last for a very long time. Because of this, adjustments may be more necessary over time. This is due to the soft nature of the polymer used. For this reason, a hard reline may be a better solution.
A Hard Reline
Hard relines are intended to be a long-term solution for ill-fitting dentures. Instead of using a soft material to reshape the denture, it uses a material closer in composition to the denture’s acrylic base. While this method can be done chairside, it’s more likely to experience complications during modification. Therefore, your dentist will probably send it to a dental lab. This means you would be without your denture for a set period of time until the hard reline is complete.
Overall, relines are a good way to avoid replacing a denture altogether, which is always more expensive. Your dentist in Montville can also secure your dentures in an even more advanced way.
An Implant-Retained Denture
This method makes use of titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Once planted, they will integrate with your bone and surrounding gum tissue, making them very secure.
There are three different kinds of implant-retained dentures. They include:
- Implant Supported Removable Dentures – Similar appearance to regular dentures, but they are thinner, lighter, more stable, and more comfortable than traditional dentures.
- Screw Retained Hybrid Prosthesis – This is a fixed denture connected to the gum line for optimal comfort and support.
- All-On-Four Implant Supported Dentures – Offers ample support using a minimal amount of implants. Ideal for patients with less supportive jawbone tissue.
Dentures shouldn’t have to be ill-fitting when there are multiple solutions to consider. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to make your dentures comfortable and secure again!
About the Author
Dr. Samir K. Rana has many years of experience placing implants for missing areas and for implant-supported dentures. By continuing his education in full mouth reconstructions and cosmetic dentistry, he can make your smile look as beautiful as it is functional. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.