It is not always necessary to replace broken, worn or ill-fitting dentures. Your denturist can quickly assess your dentures to see if you are a candidate for a repair, reline or rebase.
A denturist can, in most instances, restore a broken or cracked denture to its original state. Repairs may be needed when the denture breaks or chips, when teeth need to be added to an existing denture because of an extraction, or because of normal wear and tear. Most repairs can generally be done the same day. If a repair is required on your denture it may be caused by an underlying problem, including the age of the denture, worn teeth or poor fit. Your denturist is the professional who can best explain how to prevent your denture from breaking.
Relines consist of adding new base material to the existing tissue side of a denture, so it will fit better. An impression is needed of the inside your existing denture. Relining your denture will affect only the fit of your denture and won't change the appearance. Relines are needed when there are tissue changes due to resorption (shrinkage). Shrinkage can be caused by several factors, including weight loss, the extraction of teeth, bone loss, aging and disease or illness.
Rebasing can be done when the teeth on the denture have not worn out in comparison to the base material (pink material). It involves retrofitting the dentures by replacing the entire acrylic denture base with new pink material, which will provide a stable denture without replacing the teeth.