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Do Your Dentures Need Relining?

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If your dentures no longer fit as well as they used to, a denture reline could help to make them more comfortable. Here are a few signs that it's time to discuss denture relining with your dentist.

1. Your Dentures Feel Loose

The most obvious sign that your dentures need a reline is that they feel loose. This change in fit occurs because mouths naturally change shape as people age. The lower jaw typically shrinks due to a loss of bone density. As a result, dentures that once fit perfectly can start to feel loose.

2. You Struggle to Chew Food

When dentures fit poorly, eating can become a real struggle. If your false teeth no longer feel secure when you eat chewy or crunchy foods such as meat, raw fruit, or nuts, then you should let your dentist know. They might suggest a denture reline to make the dentures fit better. Alternatively, if the poor fit results from damage to the dentures, they could advise you to get your dentures repaired or replaced.

3. You Have Sores or Discomfort

Poorly-fitting dentures can cause a lot of irritation inside the mouth. If you feel pain while wearing your dentures, or you start to develop sores or ulcers in particular spots, then it is a good idea to see a dentist and let them know that your dentures are causing you discomfort.

Dry mouth can contribute to the development of sores inside the mouth. If you suffer from low saliva production as a result of age or medication, sip water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist until you can get your dentures relined.

4. You Have Trouble Speaking

If you notice that you have started to slur your speech or lisp when saying certain words, you might worry that there is something seriously wrong. The problem might be as simple as your dentures not fitting as well as they used to. See your dentist and explain the problems you are having with your speech.

5. It's Been a Long Time Since Your Last Denture Relined

Dentists recommend getting your dentures relined every couple of years to keep them comfortable and fitting well. If it has been a very long time since your last denture reline, it is worth scheduling a checkup with your dentist. Don't wait until you start to develop problems. Check that your dentures are providing you with the best fit possible so you can be sure you can rely on them.