Denture Reline

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Loose Denture? A Denture Reline Can Help!

A denture reline helps fix a loose denture because it gives your denture a new, custom-fitted inside. This increases stability and decreases sore spots. When you first received your denture, it was custom fitted to your gums and bone as they were then. A reline removes that old inside and re-fits the denture to your gums as they are today. Depending on when your teeth were extracted, you may benefit most from a hard reline denture or a soft one, which is a soft liner for dentures.
At Precision, we offer same day service. Keep reading to learn more about soft liners for dentures, hard relines and the scoop on DIY denture reline kits.

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Why did my denture get loose? How can a reline help?

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The answer as to why your denture gets loose lies under your gums. When you lose teeth, jaw bone slowly shrinks. Doctors call this process bone atrophy. As the bone shrinks, so do the gums. This creates small air gaps between your gums and the denture surface. To fit snugly, a denture needs the suction created by a tight fit on the gums. Those air gaps make a denture loose and uncomfortable.

To resolve the problem, you need to fill the air gaps! You can do that by relining the surface of the denture to fit the gums tightly again.

How do we do a soft reline?

Soft relining a denture begins with removing the old liner. After applying anti-stick to the outside of the denture, we fill the denture with reline material. Using this, we take an “impression” of the gums with the reline material. After 5 minutes, the denture gets rinsed and then held in the mouth until firm.

We then clean up any extra material. The result is a denture that custom fits the gums and is lined with a comfort gel.

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Hard Reline Denture vs Soft Reline Denture

Hard Denture Reline: Making Dentures Fit Like New

A poory fitting denture either needs to be relined OR replaced entirely. If the denture is worn, old or has other problems, replacement makes sense. Otherwise, a reline remodels the fit for less.

To reline a denture, we remove the inside liner and replace it with a new one. This new acrylic liner bonds to the denture and becomes a  Permanent new lining for the denture. (At least, it’s as Permanent as the denture is. What is truly permanent except Heaven and Hell?)

To hard reline your denture, we will drill out the lining of the denture and use it to take a new “impression” of your gums. This gets sent to the dental laboratory. At the lab the dental technician will replace the impression material with new chemically bonded acrylic material. The resurfaced denture will feel as comfortable as a new one and the inside will look brand new as well!

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Soft Denture Reline: Like Memory-Foam for Your Mouth

Soft relines, also called Chairside or In-office relines, are a soft liner for dentures. Like the name suggests, these are made from a soft liner material and are done in the dental office, usually at the same time as your consultation. No need to send your denture to a laboratory. No need for returning visits. However, soft reline dentures are temporary because the soft liner for dentures lasts 6-8 weeks. When the soft liner gets old, it becomes hard and brittle, making your denture uncomfortable.

Why would someone want a temporary reline?

A soft reline is very gentle on the gums and particularly helpful during the healing period after extractions phase.

Denture Reline Kits: At Home vs. Professional Relines

If you go to the pharmacy, you’ll find DIY denture reline kits. Why pay to have a dentist do it when you could do it yourself? Great question. There are three major differences between DIY kits and the reline performed by a dentist. First, a dentist has professional grade materials. Professional relines use prescription materials and can be permanent. Denture reline kits use nail salon grade materials that are more like our temporary materials. Second, a dentist has the equipment needed to adequately remove the old liner and precisely trim and polish the new one. The lack of equipment tends to make DIY relines messy and imprecise.

Finally, a dentist and his technicians have the training and expertise to know which parts of the process matter, what they are supposed to look like and what issues cause complications.

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24-Hour Denture Reline Services

The most common denture reline and maintenance services we perform for our patients are:

  • Denture Hard Reline: Permanent resurfacing the denture gives a brand new fit that will be comfortable until the gums change again. This usually will last several years.
  • Denture Soft Reline: Temporary resurfacing the denture makes it comfortable immediately. This service is completed in-office. This new surface material usually lasts 6-8 weeks and it will need to be redone again.
  • Denture Rebase: Replacing the entire pink portion of the denture will provide a new shape and foundation for the denture. Fresh start, fresh fit. This service usually will last many years, much like the Denture Hard Reline.
  • Denture Repairs: Connecting the broken pieces of the denture, giving it additional service.
  • Teeth Replacement: When a denture tooth goes missing or gets broken, a new tooth (or the old tooth) can be added back on.
  • Partial Denture Framework Services: Most common service is adding a broken clasp back to the partial denture framework. This is done removely in a dental laboratory and takes 1-3 days.
  • Clasp Adjustments: Some loose fitting partial dentures can be made comfortable again with a quick in-office adjustment of the clasps.

We perform most of these services with the help of a dental technician located offsite at a professional dental laboratory facility. Most of these services have a Turn Around Time of 24 hours. Some cases will require additional time.

Denture Consultation is the first step you should take if you suspect you need Denture Reline Services

If you can repair the denture yourself, this option will be the most cost effective option. However, if you prefer to your your denture relined or repaired with the best outcome possible, consider the services of a clinic such as ours. Begin by scheduling a consultation. It is very easy to schedule a consultation on our website. Simply click the Online Booking button. Or you can call us and we’ll help you schedule a consultation over the phone.

During your consultation visit, most patients want to know the answers to these questions:

  • Can the denture be repaired?
  • What specific service would I recommend (reline, rebase, rebond, remake, etc.?)
  • What is the cost of such service?
  • How soon can you have your denture back?
  • How long would the repair last?
  • What other alternatives exist and what are their risks and benefits?

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