Denture relines are a common and important part of maintaining the comfort and fit of your dentures. If you have dentures, it’s important to understand what denture relines are, why they’re necessary, and how they can improve the overall function and comfort of your smile.
What Are Denture Relines?
Denture reline is a process in which the inside surface of a denture is remade to improve its fit. Over time, the tissues in your mouth change, and your dentures may no longer fit as well as they did when they were first inserted. When tissues change or bone deteriorates over time, you may experience some discomfort, pain, and even sores. Denture relines can help to restore the fit and comfort of your dentures, so you can continue to wear them with confidence.
A denture reline starts with an impression of your mouth using the denture itself. Putty or impression material is then used to register spaces in the fitting. A model of the tissue side of your denture is fabricated, then the technician removes some of the plastic and add new acrylic to the denture. Then the denture is fitted back on the model and the acrylic is heat cured.
The soft tissue in your mouth is always changing, so it is recommended to get a reline every two years.
However, The frequency of denture relines varies from person to person.
Why Are Denture Relines Necessary?
There are many reasons why denture relines may be necessary here’s a few:
- Bone and Tissue Changes: As you age, the bones and tissues in your mouth can change, leading to a shift in the fit of your dentures.
- Weight Loss or Gain: Significant weight loss or gain can also cause changes in the tissues in your mouth, leading to a need for denture relines.
- Natural Wear and Tear: Over time, the acrylic used in dentures can wear down and change shape, leading to a poor fit.
Regardless of the reason, relines can help to restore the fit and comfort of your dentures, so you can continue to wear them with confidence.
How To Care For Your Dentures After A Reline
It’s important to care for your dentures properly after a reline to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips for caring for your dentures after a reline:
- Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods: For the first few days after your reline, avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage your dentures.
- Clean Your Dentures Regularly: Regular cleaning is important for maintaining the fit and comfort of your dentures. Use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle denture cleaner to remove any food debris and bacteria.
- Storing Dentures Properly: When you’re not wearing your dentures, it’s important to store them properly. Place them in a clean, damp cloth or denture soaking solution to keep them from drying out.
How Long Do Relines Take?
The amount of time it takes for a denture reline procedure can vary depending on the type of reline and the clinic in which is it being done. We generally offer same-day relines that can be done within an hour or it is kept curing overnight for collection first thing in the morning.
In conclusion, denture relines are a common and important part of maintaining the comfort and fit of your dentures. . Whether you need a hard or soft reline, it’s important to work with a dental professional to ensure you get the best possible results.