Your removable dentures are prosthetic appliances that replace missing teeth to restore your oral functions. Periodically they will need to be serviced to maintain their performance and fit. Whether you are new to wearing dentures, or your dentures are not fitting as securely as they were before and are feeling loose in your mouth and no longer comfortable, you may need to come in for a reline.
Even when your dentures are new, you may need adjustments to make sure your mouth is adapting to your new oral appliance. Realignments are part of the initial adjustment phase as well as an essential part of ongoing care to make sure your dentures continue to serve you comfortably.
This is necessary because over time and as you age, the shape of the mouth alters, particularly the oral tissues and the jawbone and periodic realignments make sure that your dentures continue to fit securely.
When your dentures are relined, our denturist will resurface the areas of the denture where it touches the oral tissues in the mouth. Not having this done when you notice the dentures are uncomfortable or loose-fitting, you may find yourself with problems with your oral health. These include experiencing sore spots and gum tenderness which may require using a medicated material on the reline to reduce the inflammation of the oral tissues. To keep your dentures functioning smoothly also means taking good care of your oral health. Depending on the state of your gums, it is recommended that you have your dentures relined every one to two years. This will help keep them fitting securely and comfortably.
There are three kinds of denture relines:
1-Hard denture reline
These are typically done every two years. A layer of plastic is removed from the surface and filled with a material that feels like putty to make an impression of your mouth. Then the denture is created and adjusted to better fit the new shape of your gums.
2-Soft denture reline
If your gums are prone to irritation, soreness or tenderness and you have problems wearing dentures, we can reline the appliance using a material which stays pliable for one to two years. Should this be an ongoing issue for your mouth, having implant-supported dentures can help solve this problem permanently.
These can be helpful if you haven’t had your dentures adjusted for a while and we end up having a challenging time trying to take an impression. Using a medicated temporary reline can help sooth the inflammation and lessen it so that you can receive a new denture or a soft or hard reline.
Contact our experienced team today if you need to have your dentures relined so that they continue to keep your smile healthy and beautiful and functional. We are here to help you with all of your denture care needs.