Your partial or complete denture represents a functional and aesthetic solution for addressing missing or compromised teeth. When they were originally produced by our contracted denturist the base of the removable oral appliance was designed to comfortably conform to your remaining oral structure. The teeth founded in place have been shaped to correspond with their counterparts in your bite pattern.
Over time the once firm fit provided by your denture can start to soften causing your dentures to feel loose. Typically, this is not a fault of the denture. In many of these instances gradual changes in the bone structure of your dental arch can change the relationship between your gum tissues or oral bone structure and the contours of the denture base.
Also known as oral atrophy, this process can be addressed in a few different ways. An increased amount of denture adhesive might help hold the denture in place at first. Yet as time goes on this solution is likely to become increasingly ineffective. Severe cases of oral atrophy may potentially require some form of surgical intervention.
For minor to moderate cases of oral atrophy, the problem might be addressed by making an adjustment to the base of the denture or the alignment of the artificial teeth.
When necessary our denturist can perform a reline procedure to make moderate alterations to the base of your complete or partial denture. The process might also include altering the orientation of one or more teeth to ensure they fit comfortably with your dentition.
In a case where one or more denture teeth have been chipped or damaged in some way, our denturist might need to remove it and replace it with a matching counterpart. A clasp that has been bent, loosened or damaged may also need to be repaired or completely replaced during the adjustment procedure.
If you have a pronounced degree of oral atrophy a denture rebase might be called for. This process will essentially refit the artificial teeth in a modified base that more accurately matches your altered oral structure.
The time needed to perform a denture reline, rebase or repair will vary depending on the size and severity of the issue.
If you have been having a problem with your complete or partial denture, you should call us to have it examined and modified by our denturist. We look forward to helping you enjoy your dentures!