In order to assure that they fit properly and maintain their retention, dentures are tailored to the shape of the patient’s mouth. With proper care and maintenance, a typical set of dentures can last up to 5 years or longer. However, over time a denture reline may be warranted based on normal wear or changes to the configuration of the jaw and shape of the patient’s mouth. The most common causes for having this procedure performed is attributed to bone loss and prolonged denture use. These procedures are either performed in our office (direct method) or in a laboratory (indirect method).
At Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square and Shine Dental Associates in Syosset, we have provided our patients with the highest quality, most affordable denture repairs, relines, and same-day tooth placement for over 20 years. We know that over time, dentures lose their retentive ability and become less stable. The soft tissues of the jaw also undergo changes over time. This leads to having dentures that no longer fitting properly. We can encourage better retention of the support structure while promoting tissue adaptability by relining the denture base or foundation.
There are basically three types of denture reline procedures – hard relines, soft relines, and temporary relines – which are broken down as follows:
• Hard relines – It is oftentimes recommended that this procedure be performed frequently or at least once every 2 to 3 years. It has to be done in a laboratory and cannot be performed during a visit to the dentist.
• Soft relines – This type of reline procedure targets patients that tend to develop painful areas beneath their dentures because they have sensitive gums. As a remedy to this situation, we use a softer material during the relining process.
• Temporary relines – This is usually an option for individuals who have been wearing their dentures so long that their gums are now misshapen or very swollen. In order to bring the swelling down, the temporary relines will have an anesthetic in them so that the person can wear their dentures until their new ones are ready for fitting.
If are having problems with your full dentures or partial dentures, you may just need to have them relined instead of spending the money to replace them.