New dentures will typically fit your mouth very securely as it has been designed specifically for your gums. As time goes on, your gum tissues may change and the fit of the denture may become more loose and thus more prone to movement inside your mouth. If the tissue and ridge of bone from your jaw changes, having the denture professionally relined will keep the denture secure and functional.
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The ridge of bone and tissue that anchors your denture may change depending upon a number of naturally occurring factors which will make your denture loose or ill-fitting. Center For Dental Excellence, LLC removes a layer of plastic from the denture’s interior surface and then fills the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth 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.
Some offices recommend this be done every two years, but need for a hard reline is largely dependent upon the rate of resorption of the bone ridge. A healthy ridge of bone and tissue may prolong the life of your denture without the need for a reline.
Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Center For Dental Excellence, LLC may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable. A Soft Reline may require replacement dependent upon tissue health and wear. 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 a more permanent solution of implant retained dentures.
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.
A temporary or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. This reline makes the denture fit much more tightly and is usually soft and pliable. After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his new denture or hard reline.