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What Is Tissue Conditioning?
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Salem Dental Arts
When you hear the words tissue conditioning, you may think of exercises to make your muscles stronger and more fit. However, tissue conditioning is different in our practice. When we do a tissue conditioning, we are trying to make sure your mouth is ready for dentures. Not sure what we mean? Here are some tips and information about tissue conditioning.
Tissue Conditioning Is Important
There are times your gums are very sensitive. For example, if you had to have teeth extracted due to tooth decay or gum disease, your gums will be sensitive. You may also have had dentures that did not fit well and have irritated your gums. Sometimes, your gums also become irritated or inflamed due to gum disease. In all of these cases, you may need to have time for your gums to heal through a process called tissue conditioning.
What Is It?
Tissue conditioning allows us to help your gums out while they are still healing, while allowing you to wear your denture pieces. Often, tissue conditioning consists of a soft insert into your dentures that rests on your gums when you put your dentures in. That way, your gums are only rubbing against a soft surface, which gives your gums time to heal.
For example, if you had dentures that weren't fitting properly, your gums may be sore. You might even develop sores on your gums. We can retool and refit your dentures, but your gums may be sensitive. By placing an insert in your newly refitted gums, we allow you to wear your dentures without pain or discomfort. We might also need to use inserts to help your gums recover after treatment with gum disease.
If your dentures aren't fitting correctly, you might want to give us a call. We can take a look at your dentures, make changes to them, and in the meantime, treat your sensitive gums through tissue conditioning. Give us a call today and let us make your future more comfortable.