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Repairs + Relines

Repairs

Repairs may be required when breakage or damage occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear. Denture teeth and clasps can often be added to existing partial dentures when natural teeth are lost.

Dentures can usually be repaired to their pre-broken state if they are brought into the clinic immediately following an accident. The biggest mistake denture wearers do when they encounter a crack or a missing tooth is to crazy glue it or attempt an at-home remedy to fix it. Denture repairs need to be re-bonded, using the same material it was made out of, using a very particular process. Crazy glue can damage the denture and sometimes deem it non-repairable. A proper repair requires addition of new denture base (pink) material to the repair area and may require an intra-oral impression by the Denturist prior to the repair.
Bring your broken denture (and all missing or broken parts) into our professionals to help you fix your denture properly, typically within a few hours.  

If your denture requires a repair, it may indicate underlying problems associated with the age, condition or ill-fit of your denture(s).  You will be offered a free consultation to determine how to prevent this from being a recurring problem in the future.  Have your denture assessed every 2 years to avoid preventable problems and embarrassment of a denture mishap.  


Relines

Relining a denture is necessary to compensate for any post-extraction shrinkage of the jaw bone. This process is called bone resorption and continues throughout your life where you are missing natural teeth. Your denture would need to be assessed in order to determine if a reline is a necessary and valuable solution for you. Your Denturist will take an impression of your mouth (inside your existing denture), to fill in the space underneath that doesn’t fit properly. In our on-site lab, we will fill in the space with the same pink material that your denture is made out of. 

The impression is taken in the morning and the denture is finished by the afternoon. Relining will improve the fit but not change the appearance or overall wear and tear on the denture teeth. 

Relines are required when tissue changes occur due to resorption (shrinkage) which can be related to:

  • Weight loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Loss of bone/tissue
  • Disease or illness

Relines should be completed as a preventive measure from possible problems rather can considering it when the problem is present or has been (unknowingly) present for many years.

Not all dentures can be relined—have yours assessed today to determine if a reline is right for you!

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