When a denture is no longer fitting comfortably, it does not always need to be replaced. Your denturist can assess very quickly if you’re a candidate for a rebase, reline or repair. In the case of repairs, your denturist can often offer same-day service.
Rebasing is usually done when the denture teeth have not worn out in comparison to the denture base material. It is a process of retrofitting dentures by replacing all of the acrylic denture base with new acrylic, which provides a stable denture without replacing the denture teeth.
This consists of adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture so it fits properly. Relining can restore your denture to a “like new fit”. Your denturist will need to take an impression inside your existing denture.
Relining affects only the fit of your denture and will not change the appearance or other aspects.
Relines are required when tissue changes occur due to resorption (shrinkage). Resorption can take months or years to happen.
It can be due to:
- loss of weight
- loss of teeth
- loss of bone
- normal aging
- disease or illness
In most cases, your denturist can restore an existing broken or cracked denture to its original state. Repairs may be required when breakage or chipping occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear.
Most repairs can easily be done in an hour or so. If your denture requires a repair, it may be indicative of underlying problems, including age of the denture, worn teeth, or poor fit. Your Denturist can best explain how to prevent denture breakage from occurring and explain why your denture may be breaking multiple times.