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5. Prosthodontic Instruments


It may become necessary to repair, reline, or rebase dentures. Clinical aspects for these procedures vary and the assistance required by the dental specialist will be as directed by the dental officer.

a. Repair. Dentures occasionally require repairing. Some repairs may be done without seating the denture in the mouth. Other repairs will require that an impression be made of the dental arch with the denture in place so that a cast can be made with denture property related to the teeth and supporting tissues.

b. Reline. Relining of dentures is a process of replacing the tissue surface of the dentures to compensate for changes in the supporting structure.

c. Rebase. Rebasing is a procedure in which the denture base material is replaced by new material.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015