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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Reline dentures?

02/22/2000

Question:

How often should dentures be relined? Should this be done by a dentist or are the walmart brand alignment kits alright? Is it covered by bluecross blue shield dental plan? I`ve had my dentures for several years, they are loose now and I catch myself moving my upper plate against my regular bottom teeth.

Answer:

Dentures should be relined whenever their fitting and retention are compromised. This should only be done by a dentist. Several insuring agencies will cover such cost; Medicaid will pay for a new denture every 8 years. Check with your Insurance Company regarding their guidelines. An ill fitting denture can cause certain conditions which can be irritating to the denture wearer.

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Response by:

Abdel Rahim   Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University