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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)
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.
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.
Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University