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 will change and the fit of the denture will become more loose and thus more prone to movement inside your mouth. Having the denture professionally relined every few years will keep the denture secure and functional.
Hard Denture Reline
All dentures are checked for the need of a hard reline at each appointment. Cobb Family Dentistry 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.
Soft Denture Reline
Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Cobb Family Dentistry may recommend temporarily relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. This procedure is done much in the same manner as a hard liner, but with a different type of material. 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 or if a patient has just had a denture placed for the first time, a patient’s gums may be red, swollen, and very tender. A temporary, or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow for the healing process to continue and for 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 manageable state. Dr. Swiger will continue to monitor and evaluate your tissue and determine when a new reline is needed and which type is most appropriate.