When you bring me your dentures, a quick assessment is done to see if you are a candidate for rebase, reline or repair. In the case of repairs, frequently I can offer same-day service. Dentures do not always need to be replaced if they are broken, worn or ill-fitting.
When the denture teeth have not worn out to the same degree as the denture base material rebasing is usually done. The process of retrofitting dentures is done by replacing the acrylic denture base with new acrylic. This process provides a stable denture without replacing the denture teeth.
Relining consists of adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture so that it fits properly. An impression will be taken of the inside of your existing denture ensuring that it properly conforms to your tissue. Relining affects only the fit of your denture. It does not change their appearance. These procedures are required when tissue changes occur due to shrinkage.
In most cases, I will be able to 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 normal wear. Most repairs can easily be completed in one day. If your denture requires a repair, it may be indicative of underlying problems, including age of the denture, worn teeth or poor fit. When we meet, I can explain how to prevent denture breakage.