Dental Video: Adjust and reline dentures to prevent pain and infection

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Narrator: New dentures are made to fit properly but as the tissues in your mouth change over time your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined, and eventually replaced. A new denture often requires adjustments to relieve sore spots that may have developed while you are becoming used to it. We can often make these adjustments right here in our office. Over time however the fit of your denture will change noticably. The main reason is that the bone in your jaw continually shrinks when natural teeth are missing. In fact during the first three years it is not uncommon to lose 40 to 60 percent of the jawbone.

In addition some habits such as sleeping with dentures or grinding and clenching can excellerate the shrinkage. Weight loss or gain can change the contours of the gums. These changes mean that several months after you get your new denture it’s surface may need to be relined for a better fit and during the lifetime of the denture it will need to be relined periodically. Every 5 to 10 years or so your mouth will change so much that the denture will simokly need to be replaced. Sometimes we can have the same teeth reset in an enitrely new denture base. In other cases we’ll have an all new denture made for you.

It’s important to wear a denture that fits well because loose or badly fitting dentures can lead to infections, sores and excess scar tissue in the mouth. It can also make chewing more difficult and change your jaw muscles and joints function. You may realize that your denture needs to be replaced when a reline is not enough to improve the fit, your mouth tissues are always sore or irritated, your facial features change, you have difficulty chewing certain foods, the dentures fall out when you talk or laugh, the denture teeth are worn or the denture is broken, or you have headaches, pain in your jaw joints or neck. With regular care and upkeep dentures can remain a functional and good looking treatment.