Denture Relines

Doctor examining the mouth of an elderly patient A new denture will typically fit your mouth 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 one to two years will keep the denture secure and functional.

Hard Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. J. Kent Roby, DMD LLC removes a layer of plastic from the denture’s interior surface, and then fills the denture with a gum-colored acrylic to conform to the current contours of your gums. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.  The reline is usually done in-office, but is sometimes done by a dental lab when the gums have dramatically changed shape over time.

Soft Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. J. Kent Roby, DMD LLC may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. 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.