New dentures will typically fit your mouth very securely as they have been designed specifically for your gums. As time goes on, your gum tissues will change and the bone will shrink. Your dentures may become ill fitting and loose inside your mouth. For optimal oral health, confidence and chewing ability, having the denture professionally relined as needed will keep the denture secure and functional.
Steven M. Levy, DMD or William Kotkin, DDS remove a layer of plastic from the dentures interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material that conforms to the contours of your mouth creating an accurate impression. The denture is sent to the lab where it is adjusted to the new shape of your gum tissue. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.
Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Steven M. Levy, DMD or William Kotkin, DDS may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. This material is much less likely to give the patient sore spots than the standard hard reline acrylic. Patients experiencing these problems may also consider a more permanent solution of implant retained dentures.
If dentures have not been serviced in quite some time, a patients gums may be red, swollen, or misshapen. These conditions may create problems taking accurate impressions for a new hard or soft reline or even a new denture. Left uncorrected these may lead to a denture that will actually perpetuate the problem.
A temporary, or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. This allows the denture fit much more tightly, and is usually soft and pliable. After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his new denture or reline.
If you would like Steven M. Levy, DMD or William Kotkin, DDS to evaluate the fit of your denture or have other concerns please call our office at 516-378-8600.