When you first get full dentures or partial dentures, it takes some adjustment to finally get used to them. During that time, you may experience some discomfort or irritation where your dentures touch the gum tissue and surrounding skin. In some cases, a material known as a “reline” will be applied to that area of the dentures where contact is made with the skin and tissues. This helps to reduce the inflammation and swelling that results from this.
There are different types of material that are commonly used when getting denture relines with these four being the more common ones:
- Permanent hard relines – used primarily to update or upgrade older dentures. Part of the denture can be removed and remade using a hard plastic reline material provided the denture teeth are clean and still usable. Over time your dentures will lose their fit because your gums are continually shrinking. Permanent hard relines can be used to refit your dentures to your bone and gum tissue as it changes.
- Permanent soft reline – serves as the inner part of permanent dentures and is made from a softer, permanent material. If you have thin gums that are adversely impacted when your dentures press on them, permanent soft relines act like a cushion and eliminate the discomfort that this causes. These relines are not for everyone and have shorter lifespans.
- Temporary rigid reline – a medium-strength yet resilient, semi-soft reline material that can be used for up to 90 days at a time. Temporary rigid dental relines provide an ideal fit and shape while your gum tissue is healing.
- Temporary soft reline – an extremely soft temporary bandage-like material that acts as a cushion between the denture and gum tissue. The material is very flimsy and can usually be removed using slight finger pressure. Temporary soft relines can last anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks.
Although these basic types of denture relines all have their advantages and disadvantages, the consensus that denture hard relines that we produce in our on-site lab is the best long-term option of the four listed above.
If you are currently experiencing discomfort and irritation with your dentures, it may be time to consider getting denture relines. We will be happy to evaluate your condition and can determine which option is right for you. Contact Island Dental Associates or Shine Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment and consult with one of our dental technicians.