Relines & Repairs

Restore Proper Fit and Function without a Full Replacement

Throughout the normal routines of any given day, dentures are called upon, in a manner of speaking, to perform, support, or contribute to a rather substantial amount of activity.  The actions of talking, biting and chewing, swallowing, and laughing all require your dentures to play an important role by working as expected time after time after time.

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However, this type of repetitiveness over time can lead to a breakdown in the performance of your dentures, not unlike the brakes on a vehicle or the spring on a garage door.  When such situations occur, maintenance or repair service is typically required to restore optimal performance without the need to buy another vehicle or a new overhead door respectively. The same principle holds true for dentures.

There are several factors that may contribute to less-than-optimal denture performance, including:

  • a break or a crack
  • time/wear-and-tear
  • changes in jawbone
  • loosening/loss of fit

Fortunately, these types of issues do not necessarily mean that a complete replacement of your dentures is the only recourse.

Depending on the specific circumstances, there are a few alternatives that may be pursued to correct the issue – these procedures consist of:

  • Relining – helps to address any contraction of the jawbone that occurs after teeth have been extracted or simply as part of the aging process. Relining is the process of adding material to the base of the dentures in order to restore or re-establish a proper fit. It is most commonly performed on acrylic dentures. 
  • Rebasing – in contrast to the relining process, rebasing consists of making a new base and replacing the existing base without altering/modifying the surface of the dentures. In this case, patients will not have the use of their dentures for a period of up to 3 days.
  • Repairing – repairs are commonly performed in instances where dentures have been fractured (cracked or broken). This process can also include adding replacement teeth (one or more) to existing partial or full dentures. Recognizing the need for immediate attention in these circumstances, every effort is made to provide repairs on a same-day or while-you-wait basis.

If your dentures have become loose or ill-fitting, or you suspect that they might be cracked or broken, a full replacement may not be necessary.  Call the Onyx Denture and Implant Clinic today at 403-995-0852 or contact us to arrange a consultation so that we can determine the best course of action for restoring proper fit and optimal function with your existing dentures.