Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
The size and shape of your gums will continue to change after receiving your dentures. While the most notable changes will take place in the months after having your natural teeth extracted, these changes can continue to occur throughout your life as a result of the aging process and as a result of simply using your dentures. These changes can cause your dentures to not fit properly. Getting your dentures relined helps to ensure a proper fit so that you can continue to use the same set of dentures rather than having a new set made. If you are currently experiencing problems with the way your dentures fit, keep reading to learn more about the process of having your dentures relined.
Getting A Soft Reline
When visiting your dentist to get your dentures relined, the first thing they will do is what is known as a soft reline. This process is typically completed right in your dentist's office using a quick-setting material. In many ways, this process is quite similar to the process that is used to take a mold of your mouth before fabricating a new set of dentures. The reline material is placed in your dentures, and you are asked to firmly bite down for several minutes while the material is allowed to set. Your dentures are then removed, and any excess material is cleaned away. Your dentist will then ask you to put your dentures back in so that they can check to make sure they fit properly. Finally, you will be asked to wear your dentures as normal for several months before returning to the dentist for the next step in the process.
Getting A Hard Reline
The next step in the process will be to get a hard reline done. The reason why you are asked to wear your dentures for a few months before moving on to this step is to allow you to identify any additional alterations that may be required. If you experience sore spots or find that your dentures are not fitting right after getting your soft reline, return to your dentist for an adjustment. After a few months, you can confidently move on to the step of a hard reline. This makes the changes to your dentures more permanent by replacing the quick-set material used in your soft reline with a hard acrylic material. This process will often require your dentures to be sent to a lab and can leave you without any dentures for a few days while you wait for them to be relined and sent back to your dentist.
Contact your dentist to learn more about denture relines.