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If there is one thing that is a certainty for all of us, it’s that our bodies will all undergo a lot in the way of change through our lives. The change in our bodies can mean anything from ill-fitting clothes to changes in the way we walk. One thing that not many people realize is subject to change is the working of the jaw.
If you already have dentures or you are considering getting them, you may have heard the term “denture reline” mentioned from time to time. If you are not sure what a denture reline is, it’s simply a process of caring for and ensuring the longevity of your dentures.
As a rule of thumb, the average set of dentures will last between 5 and 10 years, and the reason they don't last any longer is generally due to the wear and tear dentures suffer as we age. As we get older, the size and shape of the jawbone can change quite exponentially, and when this occurs, you are left with two options.
The options you are left with are either to replace the dentures or to have denture realignment. If you live in Westchester, and you have noticed a level of discomfort with your dentures, it may be time to visit Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale and speak to one of our incredible Westchester Prosthodontists about denture realignment.
When a patient first gets a set of dentures, they generally fit perfectly; this is because the dentures are crafted and molded to fit the patient's mouth. As time goes on and we age, the gums and bones that once supported teeth start to degrade.
Bone degradation, as well as other factors including illness and aging, can often cause an improper fit of the dentures, and this can start to cause you discomfort in the mouth.
Once this has happened, the dentures will need to undergo either a replacement or a realignment. The process of realigning dentures requires surface strengthening and repair with acrylics. Denture realignment is often the best solution to undergo should be suffering with your current dentures and is far easier than going through the process of a brand new set of dentures once again.
While at one time your dentures would have fit perfectly, you may have noticed some changes recently that may be a cause for concern. One of the things you should have been looking out for is any changes in your speech.
If you think back to when you first had your dentures fitted, you probably struggled with your speech as you got used to the way your dentures felt in your mouth. Of course, as time went on and your dentures settled, your speech adapted to suit.
Where concern should arise is if you notice any difference in your speech, such as a lisp or slurring words. If you find that you are experiencing speech trouble, then you are probably due a dental appointment to see if you require a denture reline.
Another thing you should be looking out for is any pain in the mouth. One issue that is often prominent when you require denture realignment is that you will often adjust your dentures every time they slip.
If you become accustomed to adjusting your dentures frequently as a way of dealing with the ill-fitting, this can lead to oral sores, and oral sores can be quite nasty. If you are suffering from oral sores, you should contact us immediately as there is often a risk of infection.
You should be on the lookout for fever, pain, swollen gums, bad breath, and hot/cold sensitivity.
When it comes to realignment, there are three main types of relining you can have for your dentures, and each one is dependent on the level of tissue degradation:
If you haven’t been seen in some time, then a soft or hard reline just won’t be sufficient to fix your discomfort and eradicate the problem. With a temporary reline, a dentist can fix what could have been done with a soft or hard reline previously.
At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale we are here to help you deal with all of your dental realignment needs in Westchester.
Getting dentures is a very involved and personal process. In order for you to get dentures that feel and look great, it's important to find a prosthodontist that can work with your specific needs. Our resident prosthodontist, Dr. Brisman, has several years of experience creating and placing dentures, so you can be sure you are getting quality care.
On top of a highly skilled prosthodontist, Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale also has an in-house laboratory that will create your custom dentures to your unique needs. Having an on-site laboratory shortens the creation time and cost, so you can get your permanent dentures quickly. Ready to learn more? Contact us today at our Scarsdale or Chappaqua location.Request an appointment
If you are looking for dental realignment in Westchester, then Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale is one of the best solutions around. We offer a range of dental and orthodontic services for the whole family, and we pride ourselves on our patient-first approach.
So, if you have been suffering any level of discomfort at the expense of your dentures, or if you are just due a reline, get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment, and a member of our team will be happy to help.