If you have a denture that doesn’t fit quite as well as it used to, a denture reline can make it feel just right. You may have heard about the process before, but are still a bit unsure about the details. Your Aspen Dental care team is here to answer all your questions—and help you get back to the feel of your most natural, comfortable smile.
A denture reline is a resurfacing of the side of your denture that touches the soft tissue. Relining a denture can help improve its fit and comfort.
Over time, your dentures can wear down or your gums can change shape. Poor-fitting dentures are not only uncomfortable, they can lead to problems like sores and infections, and make eating and talking difficult.
You may need your dentures relined every few years, but it varies how well you take care of them can affect the need to reline dentures. So remember to practice good care habits:
Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth at least twice a day to get rid of any food
Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and gentle cleaner, never with a toothbrush or toothpaste which can be abrasive and damage your dentures
Never place dentures in hot water, which can cause them to warp
Avoid excessive wear by taking your dentures out at night to give your gums a rest
Keep your dentures in water when not wearing them so they don’t dry out and lose their shape
Remember to brush and floss any remaining teeth you have
Your dental provider can determine at your annual visit if you need your dentures relined. But make an appointment sooner if you notice one of these signs:
Your dentures are beginning to feel loose
You notice cracks, chips or other damage
You’re finding it difficult to chew
You experience a sore spot or infection
Full dentures will need more frequent relining than partial dentures. No matter what type of dentures you wear, though, it’s still a good idea to have their fit checked annually by your dental provider.