Do Your Dentures Feel Painful? It's Time for a Denture Reline

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When your dentures start to cause pain, it’s time to look into a denture reline. Our professionals can help. 

Dentures are wonderful for restoring the wearer’s ability to chew and function normally, but they do require some maintenance. It is perfectly normal to need adjustments to the dentures to keep them fitting and feeling comfortable.

Here are some signs that you need to reline your dentures to keep them feeling great.

What Causes Denture Pain?

Particularly in the first few weeks of wearing a new denture, it is common to feel some temporary discomfort as you adjust to wearing them. This is due to the fact that your gum and bone structure will continue to change and fluctuate over time. Much of the discomfort or pain  you may experience is due to the denture rubbing against the gum or bone when the fit is not perfect. Anything that causes the fit of the denture to change could create some discomfort. This might include swelling, inflammation, or irritation of the gums and bone as your mouth adjusts over time. Simple things like food particles stuck between your gums and dentures can also prevent the denture from fitting exactly.

What is a Denture Reline?

There are several types of denture relines, but they all have the same main purpose, which is to readjust the denture for an optimal fit, eliminating pain and discomfort. The three types of reline are:

  • Soft denture relines. A pliable, softer material is used to reline the denture appliance, which is less likely to cause irritation. 
  • Hard denture relines. A layer of plastic is removed from the interior of the denture, and the space is filled with a putty-like material to form an impression. Then, the denture is sent to the lab to complete with the new shape of your gums. 
  • Temporary relines. When there is a great deal of inflammation, this type of medicated reline helps to provide relief while the gums heal and swelling subsides. When the gums are back to a normal state, a soft or hard reline can then be applied.

How Often Should I Have My Dentures Relined?

Any time you begin to feel pain or discomfort in your dentures, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. As a rule of thumb, however, a hard denture reline lasts about two years, while a soft reline will stay pliable about 1-2 years. If it has been longer than that, scheduling a reline is a top priority. In the meantime, you can treat any pain or soreness with a topical gel or cream. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen can also help, as can removing the dentures and rinsing your mouth with salt water. Always remove dentures and place them in water overnight, and regularly clean them to prevent bacteria from building up.

Visit Mark’s Dentures for All Your Denture Needs

Our office is located in Holladay, Utah, and has the benefit of an on-site lab. This means when you come in for a denture realignment, there is less waiting time and efficient service. Contact us for a free consultation, and let’s get your dentures feeling comfortable again!