Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. They may be partial (replacing some teeth), or complete (replacing all teeth). If teeth require extraction a temporary denture can be placed immediately after the teeth have been removed. 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 a temporary denture has been 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 resistant, 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.