Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Denture Reline

Over time, changes in your gum tissue and jawbone can affect the way your dentures fit and feel. Your restoration may begin to feel loose and move more frequently. There are two methods for improving the fit of an existing set of dentures: rebasing or relining. Rebasing involves fabricating an entirely new plate, or base, for your dentures. This process can take a long time and require you to wear a temporary restoration. For a quicker solution, you can bring your restoration to your dentist’s office for a denture reline. A reline can immediately improve the fit of your dentures and your comfort.

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A denture reline can improve the fit and comfort of dentures.

When Is a Reline Necessary?

The bones and tissues in your smile change over time. These changes can occur as a natural part of the aging process, or they may be caused by bone atrophy following tooth loss. When your dentures do not fit correctly, their movement can wear down soft tissue and jawbone. If your dentures are no longer comfortable, you may need to have them relined. Relining your dentures regularly can prevent more extensive damage to the supporting structures of your smile. 

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How Often Should I Reline My Dentures?

Typically, denture patients require a reline every one to two years. Keep in mind that this process will not affect the appearance of your denture.

The Relining Procedure

A typical denture reline takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Once it is complete, you can take your dentures home with you right away. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a temporary reline if there is an extensive amount of gum irritation. If this is the case, you will need to return for an additional reline once your gums heal.

By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration.

During the procedure, your dentist will clean your denture and then remove a small amount of material from the base that rests on your gums. Your dentist can then apply resin to the inside of the dentures and place the denture back onto your gums while the resin is still liquid. This step creates a new impression. As the resin hardens, it tightens and creates a better seal on your gums. Your dentist can then check the new fit of your dentures to ensure you are satisfied with the results. 

Types of Relines

There are two resins which can be used to reline your dentures: hard or soft. Your dentist can explain the difference between them and recommend the optimal reline method for your needs. 

Hard Reline

A hard reline tends to last longer than soft resin. However it is not as flexible and may not be suitable for patients with sensitive gums. While a hard reline can be performed in the office, some dentists prefer to send impressions out to a dental laboratory to minimize the possibility of complications.

Soft Reline

Many denture wearers prefer soft resin relines because they tend to be more comfortable. To create a soft reline, your dentist can use a pliable silicone material to line the denture. This material is more flexible and comfortable than hard resin. However, it requires more frequent replacement. 

Save Time and Money

By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration. You can also experience more comfort and minimize the wear and tear on your gums and soft tissues. In general, relines are the most affordable option for repairing ill-fitting dentures.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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