Denture Relining

Most new dentures retain quite well in the mouth after insertion because the inside base of the denture closely matches the shape of your gums. However your gums have a tendancy to change shape as you age and so the longer a denture is worn, the looser it will become. Because of this most dentist reccomend that you have the denture relined by a professional at least every two years. Relining can help maintain the retention of your dentures and help protect against flabby gum tissue being produced under it. There's three man types of denture relines: Temporary, Soft and Hard.

Soft Reline

Some patients may develop tender gums and find wearing their dentures intensely painful. In addition sore spots can develop around tender areas which means that the dentures can't be relined with conventional materials. In cases such as this the dentures may be relined using a soft material which is slightly pliable and lasts for a couple of years before needing to be replaced. Depending on which kind of material is used, the consistency can range from a hard rubber feel to waxy and will prevent any sore spots from occurring by being gentle on the gums. However as many patients only seek help when they're experiencing difficulties, this can sometimes mean that their problems have progressed beyond sore spots and tender gums. Common problems include overbuild dentures and resortbed ridges which require constant pressure on the teeth to keep them held in place. Fortunately, both these conditions are highl treatable using surgery or specialised implants.

Hard Reline

Most dentists reccomend this sort of reline should be performed on full sets of dentures at least every couple of years. In this procedure the dentist takes out some of the plastic from the dentures inside and then refills the denture with a putty like material which will form itself around the contours of your gums before hardening. This means that the denture will retain a great impression of your gums and when it's sent to the lab this can be replaced with hard acrylic. Once you get the denture back it will now closely match the contours of your mouth making the dentures suction and retention capabilities excellent.

Temporary reline

In many cases when a patient shows up for a replacement denture, their current dentures are in a bad condition due to lack of servicing. This can cause serious gum problems including swelling and misshaping. In cases such as this it's not possible to reline the denture or to build a new one taken from impressions (due to gum problems). In these situations many dentists will opt to use a medicated material for relining which will help the inflammation to come down. This reline should make your denture fit well and although it will only last a few months this should give time for your gums to return to normal and you'll be ready for a new denture.

Caring for your dentures

Most dentists reccomend that you don't wear your dentures all day without having at least a two hour break to allow your gums to fully recuperate. Constantly wearing your dentures can cause the bony support in your gums to be lost and rapidly replaced with flabby tissue which is very soft and causes several problems for denture wearers. You'll also need to thoroughly clean and deoderise your dentures at least once every day to avoid halitosis. It's important to maintain a good level of oral hygiene by leaving your dentures out overnight and soaking them with a denture cleaner. It's commonly advised that you brush your dentures using a soft brush and some dish detergent instead of toothpaste or powders. You can also soak your dentures overnight, to ensure cleanliness use a dilute solution of laundry bleach.