Here at Shmitsman’s Denture Clinic we advise all our patients to come in for a regular denture care follow up. Such follow up is recommended every 10 to 14 months and a meticulous assessment of the patient’s removable appliance condition, as well as supportive intraoral tissues and / or structures will take place during such visit. This follow up visit will provide us with a chance to detect and address any issues which may arise overtime, due to a wear and tear factor, and other underlying conditions, which in turn hinders an optimal use of your removable appliance and significantly alters your quality of life.
- If the denture is loose and “floating in the mouth” it needs a reline to tighten it again, to prevent future bone damage, and to reduce tissue shrinkage, which happens overtime as the underlying bone structure changes with regular denture use.
- Timely reline is even more important for a partial denture, an implant supported denture, or a hybrid partial implant denture, as we want to avoid excessive torque on the implants, patient’s remaining natural teeth, or crowns.
- Occlusal check will be performed with a special marker to stabilize your bite and eliminate any premature contacts which may arise with prolonged denture use due to an uneven denture bearing tissue shrinkage underneath the appliance.
- Finally, your anatomical intraoral and extraoral structures such as soft tissues, palate, tongue, and lymph nodes will be checked for any abnormalities and may result in proper referral protocol to a specialist should anything abnormal or suspicious be found.