Everything You Need to Know about Denture Relines & Rebase
If your dentures are not fitting as comfortably as they used to, you may benefit from denture relining or a denture rebase.
The shape and structure of you jawbone and gums will gradually change as you age. Denture relining adapts the fitting surface of your dentures in order to provide a comfortable fit that accommodates these changes.
Hard Denture Reline
Hard denture relines focus on improving the stability of your dentures. This process consists of: removing the old fitting surface of your dentures, making an impression of your mouth by placing soft impression material on the surface of your dentures, and a fabrication of a new, hard acrylic denture base using this impression.
Soft Denture Reline
In the case of gum sensitivity, hard dentures may create sore spots and discomfort. This is when soft denture relines are used. However, because the soft material can harden over time. This process may need to be done every 1 to 2 years. This process consists of removing the hard plastic on the fitting surface of your dentures, taking an impression of your mouth, and then using this impression to create a model to accurately place a soft denture reline on the fitting surface of your denture.
4 Signs You Need a Denture Reline
Look for these four signs if you suspect you may be in need of a denture reline:
- Pain and swelling in the gums
- Problems with denture stabilization
- Difficulty speaking and eating
- You want to avoid replacing your existing dentures
Getting a denture rebase is more of a drastic replacement. This method is used when all of the acrylic in the base of the denture requires replacement, but the teeth are still intact. A denture rebase may be needed in the case of: broken or damaged dentures and weakened or old dentures. Denture rebasing may also be used when someone is transforming an immediate denture in one that is more permanent, or the dentures are not as comfortable as they used to be.