Many patients arrive at our office with broken dentures that have completely worn out and should have been replaced several years before. When we look at a broken denture we look at the colour of the acrylic (which gives us an indication of the age of the denture; when a denture is getting older the acrylic can become brittle and break), the wear and tear on the teeth (if they are missing anatomy and are flat then the denture is worn out), also we examine tooth placement; if the teeth are not positioned directly over the centre of the ridge this causes stress on the denture (which can cause it to break). At times a patients denture will put them in what’s called a locked occlusion preventing their lower jaw from properly moving in all directions. These are just some of the things that we look at. Since the posterior (back) teeth do all the grinding, they become worn out at a quicker rate then the anterior (front) teeth.
When a denture has one or several of the above this is an indication that the denture should be replaced. If you continue to wear a denture that has met it’s life expectancy it can start to cause health problems such as digestive issues or jaw pain, neck aches, headaches, shoulder aches, or back pain just to name a few. (You should not only get your dentures checked if experiencing these issues but also consult with your medical doctor.)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you would like to have your dentures assessed please contact our office 905-459-7442.
To reline a denture new base material is added to the tissue side of the denture to help maintain a proper fit. The reline consists of your Denturist taking an impression inside your existing denture. A reline of your denture will only affect the fit and not the appearance.
Relines are required when tissue changes have occurred due to resorption or shrinkage. This can be due to a loss of weight, loss of bone, loss of teeth, ageing, disease or illness. A reline will not correct any problems associated with worn down teeth or an incorrect bite.
Usually a reline is completed on the same day; our patients come in to the office in the morning and return in the afternoon. We generally encourage our patients to bring an old set of dentures with them so they do not need to leave the office with nothing in their mouth.
Some relines can be done chair side and therefore the patient does not need to be without their teeth, but this would be assessed by the denturist.
If you think you require a reline of your denture, or if you would like an assessment; you can contact our office 905-459-7442. Or visit our website www.bramptondentureclinic.com