Tissue conditioning is an approach to helping your gums heal so your dentures are more comfortable to wear and function better. We may use it when you get your first set of dentures or if you’ve been wearing a pair of poorly fitting dentures that have injured your gums.
Do You Need Tissue Conditioning?
There are several situations where tissue conditioning might be recommended, including:
Healing from tooth extractions
Accelerated bone loss due to poorly fitting dentures
Tissue conditioning helps your gums heal and recover from injury and irritation so that your dentures fit and function better.
How Tissue Conditioning Works
Tissue conditioning gives your gums a soft surface to interact with to reduce the pressure and soreness that can result from exposure to the hard material used in making dentures.
By giving your gums a rest, tissue conditioning allows your gums to heal. It can restore blood supply and help slow the loss of bone due to excessive pressure from dentures.
To perform tissue conditioning, we may put a lining inside current dentures, if they’re in good shape and aren’t harmful to your gums. The fact that you need tissue conditioning is a sign that your dentures weren’t functioning properly, but they are sometimes still salvageable, especially in the short term to help you transition to a new set of dentures. People are often amazed at how well their old dentures fit all of a sudden, and are happier to wear them now than they’ve ever been!
But if you haven’t had dentures before or your current dentures aren’t conducive to healing, we will manufacture what is essentially a set of temporary dentures. They are soft and flexible, so they’re easy on your gums. Although they have teeth, they may not be fully functional for chewing. Remember, the goal is to heal your gums so your dentures can function better later.
Whether you have a liner in your old dentures or new temporary dentures, they aren’t made to last. Most materials aren’t sturdy enough to stand up to cleaning with the usual denture cleansers. Your denture dentist will give you care instructions so that you will know how to take care of them. But typically the tissue conditioners last only a couple to a few weeks before they have to be replaced. It may take several versions before your gums are fully healed.