Should You Get Your Plates Relined?

Oct 10, 2016 |

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If you are wearing dental plates, you will most probably have been advised by your doctor to take good care of your plates – for example, you would have been advised to remove the plates at night before going to sleep, to prevent their tissues from dissolving. Dental plates also have to undergo regular maintenance, especially in the first few months of being fitted on. The maintenance for dental plates is twofold: relining and rebasing. Remaking is a separate procedure – not quite maintenance – as it involves ‘remaking’ your dental plates. The reason for this is that no matter how good a care you take of your dental plates, all dental plates are bound to become unstable and loosely fit after some time, due to alveolar ridge resorption.

So how do you figure out whether you need relining, rebasing or remaking? The answer is that there is no clear-cut procedure for when you feel your plates do not fit well; for example, if your plates are new, you might want to simply go with relining or rebasing, or if they are old, you will probably be advised to go with remaking by your orthodontist. Below, these three procedures are explained briefly:

• Relining – denture relining in Gold Coast is an adjustment of your plates: relining adjusts the plates to fit your mouth and jaws better. Relining is of two types – soft and hard relining. The former utilizes a silicon-based soft material, whereas the latter utilizes a hard acrylic plastic material. Both methods consist applying the material to the tissue surface of the plate. The soft relining method is preferred by many patients because it is quick to apply and can hardly be felt as it is odourless, tasteless, and remains soft for quite a few months. However, it can cause fungal contamination in the end, so care should be taken with it. On the other hand, hard relining is less comfortable but it is free from fungal contaminations and the like.

• Rebasing – rebasing is a just a little bit more advanced than relining – it involves the replacement of the acrylic plastic (the teeth are not replaced here) to adjust the dentures. Rebasing might actually provide discomfort to the patient despite the fact that it’s meant to make the plates fit better, because the soft tissues can move following rebasing, which can be uncomfortable.

• Remaking – remaking, as the name suggests, is the complete remaking of your dental plates. Normally, doctors advise patients to completely remake their dental plates or move to dental implants once their current plates become five years old, as this is the designated year after which health insurances will pay you to get your plates redone. Remaking of plates is also done under conditions where the plates become unusable, such as when the teeth break off from the plate or the plate does not fit anymore, no matter how many times you reline or rebase it.

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