What is a reline, and why is it done?
The bony ridges that support your dentures are in a constant state of resorption (shrinking). This starts from the day you have your natural teeth extracted, and continues for the rest of your natural life. This bone loss happens at different rates from person to person, but for the most part, there is a measurable change every two to five years.
As this change occurs, dentures become looser. Symptoms are: less stability when chewing, food getting under plates, and more frequent sore spots are common indications change has taken place.
Some patients experience no noticeable symptoms at all, but nevertheless, that shrinkage factor is happening. Ill-fitting dentures left unchecked can lead to more rapid loss of ridge, making it more difficult for patients to wear dentures in later years.
This is where a reline comes in. By taking an impression inside the old denture, a new record of your ridges can be obtained. The fitting surfaces of your dentures are removed and rebuilt using the new records of your ridges. When the denture is returned and refitted, the result is an accurate fit, much like a brand new denture.
What should I do if my dentures hurt?
If you notice your dentures are hurting, you need to contact the clinic and arrange an appointment. Usually when you are first issued with new dentures, you may develop some sore spots. To rectify these issues, leave the dentures in your mouth for as long as possible before you come in for your appointment. When you come in for the appointment, we can then see what is causing the problem and fix these issues with slight adjustments.
How do I keep my dentures clean?
When your dentures are issued, you will be provided with a starter pack which includes a daily denture care information leaflet. The best way to clean your dentures is either holding them over a sink filled with water, or over a folded towel. In case you drop them, this will save them from being damaged. Never use regular toothpaste as it will damage your dentures.
Should I take my dentures out when I go to sleep?
Usually, it is recommended to remove your dentures while you sleep but it is on an individual basis. Your dental prosthetist will discuss this with you. It is a good idea to leave your dentures out for at least 8 hours a day to give the tissue supporting your dentures a chance to rest.
How should I store my dentures when I’m not wearing them?
You should keep your dentures in the denture box provided when you do not have them in your mouth. This will protect them from any unforseen danger.