Denture Relines

A doctor examining the dentures of an elderly patient New dentures will typically fit your mouth very securely as they have been designed specifically for your mouth. As time goes on, your gum tissues will change and the fit of the dentures will become looser and thus more prone to movement inside your mouth. Having the denture professionally relined every one to two years will keep the denture secure and functional.

Hard Denture Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years or as recommended by your dentist. Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Practice removes a layer of acrylic from the denture’s interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth to create an accurate impression. The denture is sent to the lab where it is adjusted to the new shape of your gum tissue. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.

Soft Denture Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Dr. Amy Woo, A Professional Dental Practice may recommend relining the denture with a soft material that stays pliable for several months before needing replacement. This material is much less likely to give the patient sore spots than the standard hard reline acrylic. Patients experiencing these problems may also consider a more permanent solution of implant retained dentures.

Temporary Relines

If dentures have not been serviced in quite some time, a patient’s gums may be red, swollen or misshapen. This creates problems in taking impressions for a new hard or soft reline and may lead to a denture that would perpetuate the problem.

A temporary or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. This reline makes the denture fit much more tightly, and is usually soft and pliable. After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his or her new denture or hard reline.