Denture relining is a simple but required step in caring for your dentures and oral health. After any teeth are removed from their ‘normal’ place in your mouth, the tissue and even bone can begin to breakdown and cause the gum line to change shape and density. Due to this, every-so-often, you need to have your dentures relined to help keep them comfortable and provide a better fit.
There are three types of relining – hard, soft, or temporary relining. Each serve a different purpose and provide different benefits. Below will provide you with a brief overview as to each type.
- Hard: It is recommended that everyone who has dentures get their dentures hard relined every 2 years. If they do not, they will begin to experience shifting and their dentures not fitting correctly. This can cause many issues including sores from the dentures. During a hard reline, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth will putty. Using this impression, the dentist and/or lab will add acrylic adjust your dentures to make them fit properly in your mouth (again).
- Soft: If your dentures cause sore spots due to your gums being tender, your dentist make recommend a soft reline instead of a hard reline. This relining technique uses a waxy or more rubbery material that will last 1 – 2 years and stays somewhat pliable for increased comfort.
- Temporary: If it has been a long time since you had your dentures relined, and your gums are swollen or irritated, your dentist may recommend a temporary reline. Temporary relining involves a soft, pliable material that allows your dentures to fit more comfortably, until you can get them soft or hard relined, or a new set of dentures.
Any time your dentures cause you discomfort, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can evaluate your dentures and your current oral health and make a recommendation for relining, based your individual needs.