Your smile ages with you, and Dr. Judy Tiffany is committed to making sure that you can enjoy a healthy smile in your golden years. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help keep your mouth healthy and your smile in good condition as you age. To learn more about senior dental care in Dana Point, California, and schedule your consultation with our dentist, call Monarch View Dental Care today at 949-496-1222.
Dr. Tiffany will also check the condition and fit of your dentures (if you wear them) to ensure that they continue to function properly. Just as your teeth and supporting structures require care to keep them healthy, you dentures require regular attention and maintenance to ensure that they continue to fit and function correctly. You may occasionally need to have repairs made, including relining and rebasing your dentures.
Denture relines are necessary due to the fact that your gum tissues will change over time, causing your dentures to become loose. There are several types of relines that may be recommended:
- Hard denture relines – hard relines remove and replace a layer of plastic from the interior of your denture so that it matches the shape of your gum tissue. All dentures should be hard relined every two years.
- Soft denture relines – this reline is recommended for patients with tender gums or sore spots, as it replaces the interior lining of the denture with a pliable material. Soft relines need to be replaced every 1-2 years.
- Temporary relines – this type of reline helps inflammation in your mouth to subside before Dr. Tiffany replaces a denture or provides a soft or hard reline.
Dentures rebasing typically needs to be performed every 1-2 years to ensure that your dentures continue to fit securely. Rebasing is recommended when the teeth of your appliance are in good condition but the base is worn out, broken, weakened or otherwise damaged. Our dentist can replace this base without replacing the teeth.
Dr. Tiffany may also perform repairs on your dentures, such as adding or replacing teeth. When your dentures eventually wear out, she will also work with you to replace them with a new appliance. Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a denture is 5-8 years. If you have had your dentures for a few years already, then it may be time to consider replacing them.
If you have any questions about senior dentistry or dentures, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, please contact our office today.