reline is an economical alternative procedure to the new denture. A reline involves
resurfacing only the inside portions of the denture to give it a snug fit wit the existing gum condition. There are
few different types of denture relines used in dentistry.
In office reline:
In office reline
is the procedure when the reline material is placed inside the denture and the denture is placed right in the patient’s
mouth. The reline material hardens right in the mouth, excess is trimmed, and you are ready to go. Unfortunately, even though
it is the fastest and easiest reline procedure, it would not give you the same long lasting results as “lab reline”
For the laboratory reline procedure, doctor will take the impression of your gums with your existing denture
and send to the dental lab and processed in a laboratory-cured material.
A hard permanent reline is sent
to the dental laboratory and processed in a laboratory-cured plastic, the same acrylic material that is used to make
your denture. It is the most used reline and recommended to be done at least every two years, to accommodate changes in the
denture underlying bone and gums.
You probably heard term “soft
dentures”. Some people with very sensitive gums prefer “soft dentures” instead of traditional ones.
Basically, the “soft denture” is the traditional denture relined with the soft material.
There are two kinds of soft lines:
- One, which can be mixed up and placed in the office (in office soft tissue reline). It is often used
as the tissue conditioner, before the new denture or hard reline is done. It helps to reduce inflammation of the gums under
ill-fitted dentures. It is temporary procedure and will last 4 to 8 weeks.
- The other kind of soft liner needs a impression taken inside your denture and is sent to the lab to have the lab place
less than an 1/8 inch of soft acrylic inside the denture( lab soft tissue reline). This is also not
permanent reline but should last eight month to a year, before the new one reline will be needed.