Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth.
They may be partial (replacing some teeth), or complete (replacing all teeth). Partial
dentures are usually made of a metal framework with artificial teeth attached. Complete
dentures usually have an acrylic plate supporting the artificial teeth.
Relining involves resurfacing the portion of the denture that fits against your gum
tissue. It is particularly necessary after teeth have been extracted and an immediate
denture fitted because the bone that once held your teeth shrinks. Bone loss also
continues under dentures where tooth loss occurred many years ago and it is common to
discover that your dentures no longer fit as well as they used to. If the denture is in
good condition it may be possible to reline the denture to restore the fit.
Artificial teeth used in denture construction come in varying qualities, we use
Ivoclar denture teeth that are wear and plaque resistance, maintain a permanent shade, a
high grinding resistance and a natural appearance.
After fitting new dentures we appreciate that the patient can find this a difficult
time to manage and we provide support and guidance to smooth this transition.