What Are Denture Relines?

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Are your dentures not fitting the way they used to? It may be time to consider getting them relined. If you need a new, comfortable fit to your dentures but aren’t looking to have them fully replaced, denture relining is the process your dentist will use. Here’s a guide of what you can expect when you head in for denture relining:

How does denture relining work?

This is a simple procedure that usually takes less than an hour to complete. Your appointment will begin with an assessment to examine your mouth and determine the level of irritation present. Poorly fitted dentures can give way to swelling and painful sores. In this instance, a temporary reline may be used to better allow your mouth to heal. In order to carry out a permanent reline, your dentures will first be cleaned, with a small amount of material sanded down on the denture plate, removing any material that is causing any uncomfortable contact within your mouth. Following this, soft or hard relining resin will be applied to the dentures. Once placed back in your mouth, you will have to bite down gently to make an impression in the resin. Once this resin hardens, your relining will be complete!

What is a hard denture reline?

This is generally the preferred option as it is long-lasting and comfortable for most individuals (except those with highly sensitive gums). Hard relining resin is made out of acrylic (similar to the material your original dentures are made out of) and with this option you shouldn’t expect to come in for another relining for more than 1-2 years. With hard relining, our dentist may also choose to send the impression to a dental lab for further development to make sure it fits perfectly. If so, your relining will take more than one appointment.

What is soft reline for dentures?

Soft reline is made out of silicone, making it a far softer and more comfortable base for your dentures. This is the ideal choice for individuals who have sensitive or thin gums and ensures you won’t feel any irritation in the future. However, since it is softer, this also means it is less durable and you’ll have to make regular visits for relining. This option is best suited for older patients that suffer from gum recession or thin gums.

What are the benefits of relining?

Coming in for a relining is necessary because ill-fitted dentures often cause sores, irritation or general discomfort. Once relined, you’ll also find that it is far easier to chew, and your relining will also resolve any speech difficulties you were facing. Relining is less expensive than getting a new set of dentures as well! Despite a great oral hygiene routine or regular visits to your dentist, the shape of your mouth can still change over time. Denture relining is the best way to ensure your dentures are comfortably fitted, allowing them to feel like they’re brand new again!

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