Denture Relines

A doctor examining the dentures of an elderly patient New dentures will fit your mouth securely as they have been designed specifically for your gums. As time goes on, your gum tissues will change and the fit of the denture will become more loose and prone to movement. Having the denture professionally relined every one to two years will keep the denture secure and functional.

Hard Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. The Dentist's House of Edina removes a layer of plastic from the dentures‘ interior surface and fills the denture with a putty-like material. This conforms to your mouth contours, creating an accurate impression. The denture is sent to the lab where it is adjusted to the new shape of your gum tissue. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.

Soft Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. The Dentist's House of Edina may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. This material is much less likely to give the patient sore spots than the standard hard reline acrylic. Patients experiencing these problems may also consider implant retained dentures as a permanent solution.

Temporary Relines

If dentures have not been serviced in quite some time, a patient’s gums may be red, swollen, or misshapen. This creates problems in taking impressions for a new hard or soft reline and may lead to a denture that would perpetuate the problem.

We may recommend a temporary, or palliative (medicated), reline material to allow the inflammation to subside. This soft and pliable reline makes the denture fit much more tightly.  After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his or her new denture or hard reline.