Denture Relines

Doctor examining the mouth of an elderly patient

My denture doesn’t fit.

What  can I do?

The mouth is ever changing. The average useful life of a denture is approximately 7-10 years due to the fact that the bone changes and resorbs. The result is that over time the denture becomes ill-fitting. One possible solution to this problem is to reline the denture.

Hard Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. North Austin Dentistry removes a layer of plastic from the dentures interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth creating 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.  A hard reline seeks to accomplish the same benefits of a soft reline, but it is a more permanent solution. The hard reline is a more technique sensitive process and requires a longer appointment time to complete. 

Soft Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots.  A soft reline involves pouring a material onto the surface of the denture and then inserting it into the mouth. The material then molds and forms to the contours of the mouth and then begins to harden. The result is increased retention.  North Austin Dentistry may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years 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 new denture or hard reline.