When your denture is new, you can expect a comfortable fit, but as time goes on, you might notice that it starts slipping or sore spots develop in your mouth. If your gums have changed shape it’s probably time for a denture reline. Let’s take a look at the denture reline steps you can expect.
Having a well-functioning denture is essential to eat comfortably and to chew with comfort. When your denture does not fit well it slips around and can cause irritation to your mouth. Over time this can lead to the development of sores in your mouth.
It’s quite normal for your dentures to lose shape over time and with use. Some of the factors that contribute to its losing shape include age, wear and tear, changes to your gum and bone shape and weight loss or gain. Relining your denture restores your false teeth to optimal condition.
What To Expect From The Denture Reline Procedure
Having your denture relined is a relatively quick process and can sometimes be complete in an hour.
First, your dentist will have a look at the inside of your mouth to see where the irritation is present. If you have mouth sores, it might be necessary to wear a temporary denture to give your mouth a chance to heal.
What Denture Reline Steps Will Be Followed?
Your dentist will buff away at the areas of your prosthesis that are causing irritation in your mouth.
Then those areas will be rebuilt, using hard or soft relining material, which is usually either silicone or acrylic.
You will bite down to create an impression, and it will be left to harden.
What Is Soft Relining?
When you have a soft relining, your dental practitioner uses a silicone-based material. This ensures comfort for patients who have sensitive gums.
In terms of disadvantages, a soft reline is a lot less durable than a hard reline and will need to be redone more often. Soft relining is often used when a patient has receding or thin gums.
What Is Hard Relining?
Hard relines are typically performed as the standard because they are long-lasting and durable. They are also generally comfortable unless a patient has very sensitive gums. Because hard relining lasts a long time, you won’t need to have them redone more often than every two years. Hard relines are made out of the same acrylic that is used for the false teeth in your dentures.
In terms of disadvantages, hard relining takes a bit longer than soft relining and can’t be completed on the same day. Because the acrylic needs to be set and allowed to harden, you might find you go without your denture for a few days while it is sent to the laboratory.
The standard denture reline steps are quite straightforward, and you can have a new denture very quickly. If you have any questions about what denture reline steps will be followed to repair your dentures please contact us: