Denture Care & Repair
At Keilor Road Denture Clinic we assess the integrity of your denture and help restore fit, function, and appearance based on your needs.
How Long Have You Had Your Dentures?
Over time, your mouth and dentures undergo inevitable changes.
Dentures should be replaced every five to six years to restore optimum fit, function and appearance.
In the meantime, if your dentures require a repair or relining, your denturist can best advise you of the most suitable treatment plan.
Your denturist can often offer same day service for relines and repairs to minimise the amount of time you are without your dentures.
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.
Often denture teeth and clasps can be added to existing partial dentures when natural teeth are lost.
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 repair.
Most repairs can easily be done in one day. If your denture requires a repair, it may indicate underlying problems associated with the age of the denture, worn teeth or poor fit.
Relining consists of adding new base (pink) material to the tissue side of a denture to ensure a snug fit.
Your Denturist will need to take an intra-oral impression inside your existing denture to complete the reline.
Relining affects only the fit of your denture and will not change the appearance or address any wear of the denture teeth.
Relines are required when tissue changes occur due to resorption (shrinkage) which can be due to:
• Loss of weight
• Loss of teeth
• Loss of bone/tissue
• Disease or illness
These conditions influence how well your denture fits. The older the denture is, usually the looser it will be in your mouth.
There are ridges in your mouth that help stabilise a denture. These ridges naturally shrink over time making the denture fit improperly.
Never attempt to repair or alter your dentures yourself. Improperly repaired dentures (with Krazy Glue®) will not last long and may cause irritation due to the poor fit and have an adverse effect on your overall health.
Rebasing is usually done when the denture teeth have not worn out in comparison to the denture base material.
Rebasing 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.