At Island Dental Associates we are here to serve the entire Long Island area with all they need in terms of denture repair, replacement, and relines. For those with dentures, denture relines are an important part of keeping a well-fitting and functional denture that will serve its purposes throughout the course of your life.
Because the body is always changing, dentures can begin to slip or become ill-fitting over the course of time due to small changes in the shape of a person’s gum line. What a denture reline is able to achieve is the reshaping of a set of dentures to allow the piece to stay fitted to a particular mouth, and this is done in one of two very simple ways.
The first type of denture reline is a hard reline, and this is a simple and painless procedure. During the course of a hard reline, a soft and non-invasive putty is first placed on the inside of the denture to get a molding of the proper shape of the gum line and mouth. The putty is then removed and the new contoured shape of the gum line is represented, allowing a lab to create an acrylic mold in the same shape. The acrylic mold is then installed into the denture, and the patient is left with a better fitting and more suitable denture to their particular shape.
The second type of denture reline is a soft reline, and this is done with the same process as a hard reline but with a softer end result. Rather than a hard acrylic, the denture will be newly lined with a softer material similar to rubber, and this process is often used on patients who are prone to getting sore spots due to their denture use. Soft relines are typically a temporary solution used until these sore spots are healed, and then replaced with a hard reline to ensure a sturdier and more durable denture.
It is recommended that dentures be relined once every 2 years to ensure a patient’s dentures are always fitting properly, and soft reline dentures should only be used for a maximum of a couple of months. Letting the gums rest is a great way to avoid needing denture relines too often, as the constant wearing of dentures can actually cause the gum line to begin to change shape.