Modern dentures are high-quality and built to last, but that doesn't mean they will fit right forever. Subtle changes in your mouth or dentures may cause discomfort. The good news is you’re not stuck with ill-fitting dentures.
Whether you’ve heard of denture relines or it’s a new term for you, you likely have many questions, so we’ve created a simple guide to help you decide if they’re right for you.
Here’s everything you should know about denture relines and when they’re the best option.
A denture reline is a treatment that improves the fit of removable dentures. We can reline virtually any type of denture, including cast partial dentures, flexible partial dentures, and complete dentures.
There are two main types of denture relines: hard and soft.
Hard relines are best if you have complete dentures, and they provide a longer-lasting solution to your denture fit issues.
With hard relines, we remove some plastic from the inside of your dentures and place putty where the denture makes contact with your gum. We take an impression of the new denture, and once the putty has hardened, we apply acrylic to the tissue side of your denture. The result is a perfectly fitting denture.
We recommend soft relines if you’re struggling to wear your dentures because of tender gums or sore spots in your mouth. Soft relines are popular among new-denture wearers and those who have bone reabsorption.
To complete a soft reline, we simply layer your denture with a soft liquid polymer to provide depth and cushion.
As you age, the shape of your jawbone and gums inevitably change. That means even the best-fitting dentures can become loose and uncomfortable. But before you think you can tough it out, consider these indicators that you need a denture reline:
Anything that has made your dentures uncomfortable in any way is reason enough to consider a denture reline. You’re also a candidate for a denture reline if it’s been over two years since your last reline.
We can almost guarantee that your dentures will stop fitting properly at some point in your life — but you don’t have to limp along with ill-fitting replacement teeth. Instead, call our office or use our online booking tool to schedule a consultation with our denture experts.