Denture relines are a standard procedure used to improve the fit of dentures that have become loose over time. When the gums change shape, either due to natural processes such as aging or due to medical conditions such as gum disease, the fit of the dentures may become compromised, leading to discomfort and difficulty speaking and eating. A denture reline can restore the fit of the dentures and improve the wearer's comfort and function.
There are two main types of denture relines: hard and soft.
With that in mind, here is what you can expect when you go for a denture reline.
Consultation with the dentist
Before a denture reline can be performed, the wearer needs to consult with a dentist to determine if a reline is necessary and to discuss the options for the reline. The dentist will examine the gums and the fit of the dentures to determine the best course of action.
If a reline is deemed necessary, the dentist will take impressions of the gums to create a custom fit for the reline. It is essential to discuss any concerns or preferences with the dentist during the consultation to ensure that the final result meets the wearer's needs and expectations.
The relining procedure
The denture reline procedure is typically performed in the dentist's office and may take several hours to complete. The steps involved will depend on the reline being performed. For a hard reline, the dentist will add a hard material to the inside of the denture to create a new, custom fit. This material will set over time, creating a new surface for the gums to rest against. For a soft reline, the dentist will add a soft, pliable material to the inside of the denture to create a more comfortable fit. This material will also take time to set, creating a new surface for the gums.
After adding the reline material to the dentures, the dentist will make any necessary adjustments to improve the fit and comfort. The adjustment is essential, especially to the fit of the occlusion, which is how the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed.
Aftercare and follow-up
After the denture reline procedure, the wearer will be given specific aftercare instructions by the dentist, such as avoiding certain foods or activities while the reline material sets. It is essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.
The fit of the relined dentures will also need to be checked at a follow-up appointment to ensure they are satisfactory.
If you are experiencing issues with your current dentures, don't hesitate to speak with your dentist about your options for denture relines.