Knowing about the Cost for Loose Denture Relining
I bought a full upper denture and within months, they were way too loose. I was told by my dentist they would need relining after several months. My dentist now wants $475 for relining and fit these very thin dentures. But, she never mentioned I would be charged to have these refitted. After paying $2,500 total (and unexpectedly), I was just wondering Is this the norm? Or was I just unlucky?
Answer: Whenever teeth are extracted, the jawbone and gums in the areas where the teeth used to be start to shrink. This shrinkage can continue for the rest of your life, and this is part of the reason that most dentures need to be refit periodically. Because the most rapid jaw shrinkage occurs during the first six months after extractions, it would be quite normal for your dentures to be loose after six months and require relining.
Moreover, because the need for this additional and continual treatment (refitting) can vary greatly from patient to patient. Also time to time, it is most often considered as a separate part of your treatment plan. Moreover, the time necessary for loose Denture Relining is billed accordingly, thus the cost varies. To locate a prosthodontist near you, visit www.DentureWearers.com.
Response provided by the American College of Prosthodontists.
Lorin Berland, DDS