New complete dentures will typically fit your mouth very securely, as they have been designed specifically for your gums.
As time goes on, your bone will decrease and will change the fit. The denture will become looser and thus more prone to movement inside your mouth. Having the denture professionally relined every one to two years will keep the denture secure and functional.
All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry removes a layer of plastic from the denture’s interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material that 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 a custom fit between the denture and your mouth.
Some patients are unable to wear their dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry may recommend relining the denture with a softer material that is more gentle on your gum tissue. 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.
Advantages of Soft Relines
- More comfortable to use
- Virtually all patients respond well to soft liner materials
- Easier chewing
- A proven technology with over 20 years of innovation
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.
For more information about which Denture Reline option is right for you, or to make an appointment, please call our office: (843) 795-1111.