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Can I Reline My Dentures Myself?

December 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — compassdentalga @ 3:53 am

Older woman in dentist’s chair looking in a mirrorAdvancements in materials and technologies allow dentures to fit better than ever before. They should rest comfortably on your gums and use suction to stay in place. However, your dentures can slip or irritate your gums over time. If you’re relying on an adhesive to keep your dentures in place, they may need to be relined. Although you can purchase OTC kits to do it yourself, your dentist will recommend skipping DIY solutions to prevent damaging your dentures and oral injuries. Here’s why it’s better to visit your dentist regularly to have your dentures relined.

Why Do Dentures Need to Be Relined?

Tooth loss causes your jawbone to shrink slowly. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of losing a tooth because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. Your jaw will continue to shrink over time, which will change the shape of your face. Your dentures won’t adapt to the changes, which can cause pressure points, pain, inflammation, and sores. They may even slip or fall out.

Poor-fitting dentures are linked to many health issues, including an increased risk of oral cancer. Eating can become so difficult, you may eliminate certain foods from your diet, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. 

Relining your dentures regularly will ensure a comfortable fit to support normal oral functions to keep your mouth and body healthy. You’ll also prolong the lifespan of your dentures, so you don’t have to budget for replacements as often.

Visit Your Dentist for a Snug Fit

Every mouth is as unique as fingerprints, which requires art and science to ensure dentures fit snuggly. The smallest error can lead to pain and other complications. Your dentist can add or remove material from the base to keep your denture fitting like a glove. Your chompers will fit so well, you may forget they aren’t your real teeth.

Invest in a Long-Lasting Solution 

If you’re ready to stop slipping and irritation for good, ask your dentist about the benefits of stabilizing your dentures with dental implants. They can place 4-10 dental implants into your jawbone to serve as new roots. They will keep your jawbone strong and anchor your dentures in place. With over a 95% success rate and a life expectancy of 30 years or more, you can invest in a cost-effective solution that feels like natural teeth. 

Stop the irritation from slipping dentures. Your dentures can create the next best thing to your real teeth to improve your dental health and quality of life.

About Dr. Charles R. Fana

Dr. Fana earned his dental degree at the University Medical Center of Jacksonville. He has regularly pursued continuing education in various specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and TMJ therapy. Dr. Fana is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (912) 244-7025.

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