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When you’ve lost many or all of your teeth, dentures are a popular way to restore your smile. However, no matter how high-quality these appliances are, they will require relines or repairs over time.
Dentures require regular relines to ensure they are always fitting properly for optimal function and aesthetics. If you’ve lost even one tooth, your mouth starts changing. Jawbones can recede and gums can shrink, causing gaps between them and your denture appliances. These gaps create lots of places to trap food and leave unprotected gums vulnerable to irritation. To avoid situations like this, we recommend an assessment at least once a year to ensure proper fit.
As careful as you may be with your dentures … damage can happen and will need repaired. Cracks in the appliance, teeth that have come dislodged, or broken clasps require fixing before they become worse.
Relines, repairs, or a whole denture appliance can all be coordinated at our convenient office location. Call today! We’d love to help you get the most out of your dentures.
Why not a denture or bridge?
It’s true that in most cases a denture or bridge brings back much of the form and function of missing teeth. But a natural tooth does a lot more than help you cut and grind food and give out nice smiles. It also plays an important role under the gumline where you can’t see it … something a denture simply doesn’t do.
Natural teeth need the support of the bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, the bone shrinks and weakens. For most people, the amount of bone loss isn’t too serious – there’s still enough to make a good solid foundation for a denture. But unfortunately for some patients, shrinking bone can trigger a number of problems. It can cause dentures to fit more loosely, making it hard to bite and chew. Underlying gum becomes sore and painful, and speech is sometimes impaired, and along with it, self-image.
Dental implants are the closest cousin to natural teeth. They are permanent false teeth anchored right into your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. They’re more stable than dentures, so you can eat with ease and comfort. Many patients find implants give them a more positive self-image and more confidence.
Dental implant treatment does require a greater investment of time and money, but in the long run, it’s well worth it.