If you wear dentures, getting used to the denture reline procedure is part of your oral care and maintenance. It’s normal for them to lose shape over time, and denture relining is a relatively efficient and cost-effective solution that will restore comfort when you eat and speak. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect from denture relines.
What Are Dentures?
Worn to replace missing teeth, dentures are removable false teeth. The base of the prosthetic can be made from resin or acrylic, while the false teeth are made out of acrylic. When you have them relined, your dental practitioner will reshape the bottom of your denture so that it fits more closely and comfortably against your gums.
Why Do Dentures Lose Shape?
The soft tissue and bony structures in your mouth change shape over time. This can be due to factors such as
- Weight gain or loss
- Wear and tear
- Bone loss
What’s The Benefit Of Denture Relining Procedures?
Denture relines can extend the lifespan of your dentures so you can wear them comfortably, for longer, without needing to have new ones made. This means you have a better fit, which makes your prosthesis more comfortable and less noticeable.
What Types Of Denture Relining Can Be Done?
Denture relines are hard or soft.
What is a hard reline?
Patients who wear full dentures are usually recommended to have them relined every two years. Relining is a maintenance intervention that can prevent the need (and expense) for you having to have yours redone completely. A hard reline ensures a snug fit and maximises your comfort.
During these procedures, your denture is lined with a flexible material that is placed in your mouth to create an impression. Your dentist will use the impression to evaluate where the adjustments must be made.
What is a soft reline?
In the event that your mouth is tender or sensitive, your dentist can reline your prosthesis with a waxy substance that acts as a cushion between your gums. This can last for a few years and gives your gums a break and a chance to recover.
How Long Does The Denture Reline Procedure Take?
Denture relines are relatively quick to complete and much more convenient than waiting for a new denture to be made. In many cases, it is possible to have your prosthesis made on the same day, or a temporary prosthesis made, especially if you can have your fitting done early in the morning.
How Much Does Denture Relining Cost?
Your dental practitioner will give you a customised quote, based on the amount of work that needs to be done. Depending on your level of cover and the type of plan you are on, it is likely that you will be able to claim some of the cost of your denture reline procedure from your private health insurance.
If you have questions about the denture reline procedure it’s best to seek professional advice sooner rather than later. Please contact us for a convenient appointment: