What is a Denture Reline and When do You Need One

It’s not unusual to need a denture repair at some point. Over time, it’s also not uncommon for your dentures to become uncomfortable over time, even if they fit you perfectly at the start. Over time, your gum line will reshape, leaving you with a set of dentures that do not fit as well. Dr. Roe offers denture repair and relines for his patients in Dallas that are experiencing discomfort or pain.

What Causes Dentures to Stop Fitting Properly?

There are several reasons that you may need denture repair. They can become loose and slide around and suffer great wear and tear. These reasons can include:

  • Bone loss- when all of your teeth are removed, the bone in your jawline will diminish. Every year, you lose a small amount of bone, making the shape of your jaw change.
  • Gums shrink- when your gums are no longer holding teeth in place, the tissue will shrink back.
  • Everyday wear- simply using your dentures every day will cause them to get out of shape and become loose.

Even if you take great care of your mouth, you will likely need to have your dentures adjusted at some point. Dr. Roe prescribes a reline for his patients when they experience slipping and discomfort.

What is a Reline?

When your gums or jaw line change, you will need to have your dentures relined. You will keep the same teeth that you have had, but the underside will be remade to fit your new shape. There are two types of relines- soft and hard.

Soft Reline

A soft denture relining is done in the office with a liquid polymer material. It is layered on top of the prosthetic to create a comfortable cushion for your mouth. This is a quick treatment option and done during your visit.

Soft relines have a disadvantage because they can lead to more frequent adjustments. A hard reline will keep your teeth feeling comfortable for a few years, whereas soft relines may need to be adjusted more often.

Hard Reline

A hard reline is made with a harder material like the base of the denture itself. You will get a longer lasting adjustment when you go with this treatment option. This can be done in our office the day you visit. Many dental offices will send out this type of work to a lab, but Dr. Roe does his own relines in our lab.

What is the Best Treatment Option For You?

It is best to come in for an appointment to determine which treatment option is right for you. If you are a new denture wearer, a soft reline might be a good option. If you have had the prosthetic for a few years, a hard reline might be the better option. Dr. Roe will discuss and let you know your best route.

Contact Us Today For an Appointment

If you’re feeling pain or discomfort, then you can call our office to make an appointment. We will get you in at a time that works best for you. Dr. Roe can do everything here in his lab and you’ll have your fitting dentures back the same day you come in. Call now so we can get you scheduled right away.

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