Relines are recommended every 2 years to ensure a proper fit for your dentures. All people experience bone resorption (reduction in bone loss) – with this denture will start to loosen a tight fit, which may result in irritation to your gums.
Denture reline is an essential part of denture servicing and indicated when there is a need to improve denture fit and patient’s comfort. Denture reline is performed to improve denture fit, health of the gums, and comfort for the denture wearer. Denture reline procedure can be performed on all types of dentures, such as such as partial, complete, immediate and implant dentures.
New vs Reline: In some situations, there may be a discussion whether your old denture should be relined, or you should have a new denture fabricated. In determining on what is the best action to take we also look at the condition of the artificial denture teeth, denture base, your bite and cosmetic appearance. In instances where other problems may require intervention, fabrication of a new denture may become a better alternative.
Indications for Denture Reline
Loose and Poorly Fitting Dentures
Over time denture can become unstable due to the shrinkage of the supporting bone under its base. Denture reline procedure can improve the fit of poorly fitting denture and restore the health of the supporting gums. Under certain circumstances the fit of a new or recently fabricated denture can also be improved with a denture reline procedure.
Uncomfortable, Sensitive and Traumatized Gums of the Jawbone
Removable dentures transfer pressure to the supporting gums of the jawbone. Some patients may experience gum sensitivity from chewing and normal jaw closure. Denture reline may reduce gum sensitivity and help with comfort for some of the patients
Depending on the nature of the procedure dental professionals typically classify denture reline into several different types.
Hard Denture Reline When the denture is resurfaced with a new layer of base material.
Hard reline is performed to improve the fit of the denture where it is in contact with the supporting gums. It involves resurfacing of the denture on the gum side with a new layer of the denture base material. When hard reline is done at the dentist’s it is called a chair-side reline. Chair-side reline is completed in one appointment.
Soft Denture Reline / Tissue Conditioning
Soft reline (also called tissue conditioning) is typically performed with immediate dentures to facilitate healing of the soft tissues and help with the denture fit after removal of the teeth. Soft reline also performed with poorly fitting dentures to restore the health and comfort of the supporting gums. Materials used in soft relines are temporary in nature and typically last for several months.
The example below illustrated soft reline/tissue conditioning for the immediate denture. Reline material inside the denture allows for the good fit and comfortable function of the prosthesis.
Temporary Soft Liners (Average 3 month wear)
Temporary soft liners provide enhanced retention. We will then be able to determine if we should replace them with a more permanent type of soft liner in the future or whether a hard liner is indicated.
Our Denturists can explain Bone Resporption at your consultation. See below for YOUTUBE video :)
"Resorption”. What happens with the loss of bone? – Sunken appearance, aging the face many years. People may also feel embarrassed to smile without teeth or teeth that just don’t suite them, with the result that they will enjoy fewer positive emotions and may succumb to depression.
This readily reduces bone resporption! It is not good for you!
Patients Think the Denturist is Joking When They are Told Soap!
Dentures are made of acrylic so in turn you are cleaning plastic. RINSE WELL.
DO NOT use toothpaste on your dentures.
If you are purchasing cleaners for your dentures, please ensure it is made for denture use. Your Denturist can show you proper cleaning techniques for cleaning your dentures. We also carry Professional Strength Denture Cleaner at our office if you are looking to remove staining and calculus.
Do's and Do Not's
Do clean your dentures everyday
Do only use denture brush to clean as they are specifically designed for dentures
Do use a denture bath for soaking your dentures
Do put a cloth down on the sink, or fill the sink with water to avoid breakage if dropped
Do NOT use abrasive cleaning products ie) bleach
Do NOT use toothpaste on dentures
Do NOT leave your dentures in reach of children or pets
Do NOT soak dentures in boiling water only use warm water
Do NOT forget to rinse your dentures after each meal
Not recommended, in our professional opinion if at all possible please do not and this is why...
People wearing dentures while sleeping are more likely to have plaque buildup on their tongue and denture, gum inflammation, positive cultures for Candida (thrush, an oral yeast infection) and higher blood levels of interleukin-6 — a protein derived from white blood cells that indicates the body is fighting an infection. In one study with randomly selected elderly nursing home residents, those who wore their dentures to sleep were 2.3 x times more likely to die or be hospitalized from pneumonia as those who did not. Wearing dentures at night when salivary flow naturally diminishes, can also result in denture stomatitis (mouth inflammation) which affects tissues under dentures. This may occur under upper dentures that cover the palate. These tissues can become red, inflamed and infected with yeast. This yeast can subsequently cause “angular cheilitis”, a cracking at the corners of the mouth. Denture stomatitis can be avoided by regular cleaning with a denture brush and appropriate denture cleaners. Yeast infection is best treated by anti-fungal medication and/or chlorhexidine prescription rinses that can be prescribed by your dentist. So, in summary, you can sleep with your dentures if they are on the night table beside the bed or soaking overnight in an approved antibacterial rinse, but please do not go to sleep wearing your dentures.
Recommended to use sparingly as don’t forget you are swallowing this …and it is not easy on your digestion!
Denturist making custom dentures, would like to think there is no need for the denture adhesive shelf in the pharmacy. After all, the dentures fit when patients first receive them. If the denture does not fit due to changes in the gum tissue and bone, the patient should come in for a reline. In actual fact, there is a place for denture adhesives.
Their proper use can and does improve the function and retention of even a well-fitting denture. Denture adhesives can also help maintain a patient’s self-confidence as well as his or her ability to wear the denture. Furthermore, the use of a denture adhesive may significantly assist patients increase their bite force. The use of denture adhesives however is not indicated as a replacement or alternative to seeing the dentist/denturist for proper relines and adjustments of occlusion/bite.
Do see a dentist regularly for oral confirmation of the health of your gums and if any remaining teeth present.
Do put a cloth down on the sink, or fill the sink with water as dentures often break or teeth chip when dropped on the sink or floor
Do soak your denture in approved cleaners overnight
Don’t use toothpaste on your dentures! Toothpaste is only for natural teeth
Don’t leave your dentures in reach of pets or children
Don’t develop a habit of sucking on hard mints as these will act like sandpaper and wear down the teeth and denture base