April 3, 2023
New materials and technologies allow dentures to fit more comfortably than ever before. However, it’s not unusual for them to slip over time. An adhesive can provide additional stability, but it’s not something you should rely on every day. Your dentures must be relined, but should you do it yourself? No! Here’s why you should leave it to professionals.
Why Do Dentures Need to Be Relined?
Losing even a single tooth causes your jaw to shrink because it is not being stimulated by the root. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth, which will continue to deteriorate as time passes.
As your bone shrinks, the shape of your mouth and gums will change. Your denture will not adjust to the changes, which is why they regularly need to be relined to maintain a comfortable fit. Not only will they feel better, but you will also prolong the lifespan of your dentures.
Visit a Dentist to Have Your Dentures Relined
You can find over-the-counter kits containing materials to reline your dentures at home. Although they seem like a convenient, affordable solution, it can cost you more in the long run.
You can damage your dentures, causing you to need a replacement sooner. Any errors can also cause inflammation and sores, increasing your risk of infections.
You won’t have to worry about any complications when visiting a dentist to have your dentures relined. They will use state-of-the-art technology and high-quality materials to make the necessary adjustments to ensure your dentures fit your mouth perfectly. You’ll get more out of your investment by visiting your dentist at least every 6 months for a checkup and denture maintenance.
Consider Adding Dental Implants
If you’re ready to stop slipping and irritation permanently, ask your dentist about adding dental implants to your dentures. Unlike a traditional denture, an implant-supported solution replaces both the roots and the crowns.
Titanium implant posts are surgically placed into your jaw to act as new roots, which will anchor your denture to your bone. The implants will stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth to maintain your facial shape and stop common issues associated with tooth loss. Not to mention, dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for decades, so you’ll never have to worry about having your dentures adjusted again.
Nothing is more annoying than having your dentures move around in your mouth. Stop the slip and maintain a snug fit by visiting your dentist to have them realigned correctly.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest achieved his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued his education regularly in various specialties, including dental implants. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through our website or call (512) 392-1214.
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