Denture Relines Specialist

Tenino Denture Center

MaeNell Sullivan, DPD

Denturist located in Tenino, WA

If your dentures seem loose or uncomfortable, it may be time for a reline. MaeNell Sullivan, DPD, is a licensed denturist who leads the team at Tenino Denture Center in Tenino, Washington. She is well-known for her extensive skill in creating, repairing, and refitting dentures, and she successfully provides the beautiful and natural-appearing smile you deserve. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.

Denture Relines Q & A

Why do dentures loosen?

Loose-fitting dentures are often due to changes in the shape of your jawbone, which shrinks over time. The loosening may also be due to everyday wear and tear on dentures that have been in use for several years.

It’s important to have your dentures checked as recommended by your denturist, or as soon as you experience any looseness or discomfort.

Postponing a trip to Tenino Denture Center can make wearing your dentures uncomfortable and have negative effects on your overall oral health.


How can I tell my dentures are getting loose?

When it’s time for a reline, you’ll likely notice that your dentures tend to slip and no longer fit snugly, especially if you’re eating or talking. Sometimes you’ll hear a clicking noise when you speak or notice that your speech is not as clear as usual.

Loose dentures can also cause mouth sores and gum tenderness. Loose fitting dentures are also susceptible to damage caused by a misaligned bite, which can cause tooth fractures or breaks in the denture base.


What is a denture reline?

During a reline, your denturist resurfaces the groove on the underside of the denture that makes contact with the soft tissues of your mouth. This creates a more secure fit that keeps your dentures in place. It improves your comfort and can eliminate problems with talking and eating.

If you have tender gums or sore spots, Ms. Sullivan may recommend using a soft reline or a temporary reline with medicated material that can be removed and replaced with standard reline material once your gums have healed.


Can I prevent my dentures from loosening?

It’s always recommended that you care for your dentures as directed with daily brushing and cleaning and routine professional cleanings and exams. A nutritious diet can help keep your jaws and gums healthy.

However, there is little you can do to prevent the need to bring your dentures in for a reline every few years. It’s the normal wear and tear of chewing and the natural reshaping process taking place in your jawbone that makes a reline necessary.

If you think it’s time for a reline or want Ms. Sullivan to check the overall fit of your dentures, call Tenino Denture Center today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.