Denture relines are extremely important to maintain the fit and function of your dentures.
Denture relines also extend the life span of the denture. Over time, your denture will lose its fit causing soreness, looseness, rocking and food entrapment. We can reline the tissue bearing surface of the denture to restore the optimal fit of your denture, on average people require a reline every 2-3 years. Denture relines are necessary in order to accomplish several goals. These goals include:
- Increasing retention of old, existing dentures or new dentures that, for one reason or another, have lost retention. Sometimes this may be due to recent extractions or alterations in the gum tissue due to other surgical procedures.
- Relining of old dentures hoping to avoid the necessity of remaking them entirely.
- Gum tissue conditioning which usually relies on the gentle action of soft tissue materials (soft liners) to allow your abused gum tissue to return to a proper state of health prior to the fabrication of new dentures.
There are 3 different types of denture relines, hard reline, soft reline and a temporary reline. At the Denture Clinic we recommend a hard denture reline as we have an accurate up to date model therefore making the impressions more accurate making this a successful option. Hard denture relines should be done every two years. At the denture reline appointment Benjamin removes some of the plastic from inside of the denture and then fills the denture with a soft material which, when placed conforms to the contours of the tissues and then hardens to a rubbery consistency. When the denture is removed, the denture now contains an accurate impression of the shape of the gums. The impression material is replaced with a pink hard acrylic in exactly the same shape as the original impression material. The denture is then heat cured . When returned , the denture now conforms to the contours of your mouth and should make maximum contact with the tissues producing maximum suction. In our office, the impression is scheduled for first thing in the morning. The patient goes home without the denture but returns later that day for a fitting appointment.
Call today and book a free consultation where Benjamin can discuss the many different types of treatment options that are available to you.