Denture Relines

Photo of a doctor examining the dentures of an elderly patient

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 one to two years will keep your dentures secure and functional.

Call our office for information about or an appointment for Denture Relines: Summit Dental & Orthodontics Phone Number 303-440-3300. You can also use our Contact Us form.

For more information about Denture Relines or to schedule a consult with Dr. Harris, please use our Contact form or call our office in Broomfield, CO at Summit Dental & Orthodontics Phone Number 303-440-3300.

Hard Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. Summit Dental and Orthodontics removes a layer of plastic from the denture’s interior surface and then fills the denture with a putty-like material that 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 Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. Summit Dental and Orthodontics 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.

Temporary Reline

If dentures have not been serviced in quite some time, a patient’s gums may be red, swollen, or misshapen. This creates problems in taking impressions for a new hard or soft reline and may lead to a denture that would perpetuate the problem.

A temporary or palliative (medicated) reline material may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. This reline makes the dentures fit much more tightly and is usually soft and pliable. After a few weeks, the gums return to a more normal state. The patient is then ready for his new denture or hard reline.