Anyone who has had full or partial dentures for a few years knows the struggle of dealing with loose fitting teeth. Unfortunately, this is a common issue for many people with false teeth because our mouths change over time and the inner lining of dentures can flatten due to pressure. Luckily, relining your dentures can be a great money saving solution that may fix the issue.
Over time, two things usually happen to denture-wearers: their mouths change and their dentures change. When you wear false teeth, the pressure applied to your mouth will flatten out the inner lining of your dentures. At the same time, the pressure will also condense your gum tissue and jawbone slightly, just enough to make your dentures fit loosely. Once this problem occurs, something must be done in order to provide a comfortable and proper fit.
Most people need their dentures relined every 5 to 10 years. Fortunately, it’s a simple process that provides excellent results at a much lower cost than getting a new set of dentures. Denture relining can also fix dentures that are on their way to cracking or breaking.
The process of relining a set of dentures is fairly simple. The dentist will add a polymer material to the inner lining which then fits the patient’s mouth, providing a strong hold, as if the dentures are brand new.
There are two ways to perform a denture relining: a soft reline and a hard reline.
A soft relining of dentures is a quick and simple outpatient procedure that can be done in a single day in most cases. The process involves removing the dentures, cleaning them, adding a soft polymer, then reapplying them to the patient’s mouth, all in a single office visit. The polymer solidifies, taking the shape of the patient’s mouth quickly and provides a comfortable fit.
A lot of denture patients choose this option for many reasons. A soft relining provides a comfortable, soft fit that holds well. It also allows patients to get back to their lives the same day as the procedure. It’s also less expensive and time-consuming than any other procedure available.
A soft relining is a good fix that will last for a few months to a few years, depending on the specific situation. It features many benefits and very few negatives.
A hard relining is similar in nature to a soft relining, but the process takes a bit longer and therefore, provides longer lasting results. The process begins the same way by adding a polymer material to the inner lining of your dentures. Then, it is applied to your mouth to get the shape of your gum line. The dentures must be sent to a dental lab where a solid model of the lining will be created. Once complete, the dentures are returned to the dentist’s office for the patient.
Fewer people choose a hard relining because it does not provide the instant comfort of a soft relining. A positive to a hard relining is it is a longer lasting solution, ensuring that you will not need another procedure for many years. If a patient is willing to go without their dentures for a few days in exchange for a strong hold for years to come, a hard relining is the best option.
There are benefits associated with both hard and soft relining options, making them great choices for denture-wearers who are experiencing a loose set of false teeth.
A denture relining can fix your loose dentures quickly and easily. Soft and hard relinings ensures that the inner lining of your dentures are formed to the current shape of your mouth. This guarantees a tight fit for all patients.
A denture relining is long lasting. Even though soft relinings last for a shorter amount of time, both procedures provide a tight fit that can last for years. Most patients do not need to have a procedure again for a long time, and some patients never need a relining again.
If your dentures are cracking, a relining can save them. Many patients eventually experience a crack in their dentures. If a crack goes untreated, it can lead to a full break and leave a patient needing a brand new set of dentures. With a soft or hard relining, the material can seal any cracks that are present, making your dentures less likely to crack further.
Whichever denture relining procedure you choose, be sure to consult your dentist. While both soft and hard relinings work well for most patients, one may work better than the other for your individual situation. Both options offer great benefits and a tight fit for your dentures, as well as a lower cost when compared to replacing your dentures.