The 3 Types of Denture Relines

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Denture relines are when a material is added to the inside of your dentures. This helps the dentures better adapt to your mouth as your gum tissue and jaw bone change. However, not all denture relines are the same. Here are the three types of denture relines available to you.

Soft denture relines

Soft denture relines are often the preferred option. The procedure is sometimes a more comfortable one, especially if you haven't been wearing dentures for very long and you're experiencing more rapid bone loss. Soft denture relines can be performed in a dentist's office. A liquid polymer is applied to give your denture some depth. By letting the dentist know how your denture feels, they can fit it securely.

The procedure is typically performed very quickly. Among the benefits of it being done in an office is that you can avoid waiting for dentures to arrive back from the lab. Due to the material used, however, you'd need to accept that you'd require more frequent lining.

Hard denture relines

The material used with a hard reline is more durable than that used with a soft reline. The basic process, however, is the same. Also, a hard reline can last years longer than a soft reline and can be performed at a lab or in the office. Often, dentists recommend a hard reline be performed in a lab due to the issues with the material. The downside of hard denture relines is that they can cause discomfort if you have sensitive gums, and result in sore spots.

Temporary denture relines

If your dentures haven't been serviced for a while, you may require a temporary reline. Your dentist would use a medicated tissue conditioner for the procedure.

Temporary denture relines are only designed to last for a few weeks. Once you've healed, you'd need to choose a permanent option. You'd return to the dentist's office for either a hard reline or a new set of dentures. 

Which option is best for you?

A dentist can help you decide whether a soft or a hard reline would be better suited for you. If you haven't been using dentures for very long or if you have sensitive gums, a soft reline might be the better option. For others, however, the long gap between relines makes hard denture relines more appealing.

Temporary denture relining might be the way to go if you haven't had your dentures relined for some time. You can benefit from cracked denture repairs during relining, which would save you money, as you wouldn't need to buy new dentures. It's important for both your overall and overall health that your dentures are a good fit, so periodic relining might be the best solution for you right now. Ultimately, whichever option you choose, professional denture repair will have your teeth feeling and looking good in no time at all. 

For more info about denture relines, contact a local company.