When you wear dentures as a tooth replacement option, the appliance can shift as your mouth adjusts to them. Even after you have been wearing your dentures for some time, as the gum tissues and jawbone supporting them changes, the denture can loosen and shift. When this happens, you will benefit from a denture realignment.
In fact, it is recommended to have your dentures professionally relined every one to two years. Not only will this help them function more comfortably and fit more securely in your mouth, but denture relines will help you maintain your appliance better and keep your smile healthy and attractive.
It will also help ensure that your oral health stays in good shape and you avoid developing sore spots and tenderness in the gums. Preventing inflammation of the gums is vital to keeping your mouth healthy.
When our denture technicians reline your dentures and then resurface the areas where your denture meets the oral tissues, we may perform either a hard denture reline, a soft denture reline, or a temporary reline.
Which Type of Reline Do You Need?
-Hard denture relines involve removing a layer of plastic from the denture’s inner surface and creating an impression for our lab technicians to adjust the denture according to the current state of your gum tissue.
-Soft denture relines involve relining your dentures with a soft material that stays pliable for a year or two so that you don’t get sore or irritated tissues.
-Temporary relines give your oral tissues time to heal if your denture’s have not been serviced for awhile. Since these are medicated, your inflamed gum tissue can go back to normal, allowing you to either get a soft or hard reline or a new denture.
Denture realignments are done during the initial adjustment phase and as an important part of ongoing oral care to make sure your dentures remain comfortable, secure, and functioning properly. Please contact us if you need to have your dentures relined!