Loose Dentures?

Denture Relines

A doctor examining the dentures of an elderly patient Seattle WA

Are your dentures loose & falling out of your mouth?

Are you tired of using tons of Fixodent, Poligrip or any other adhesives in your dentures?

You need a RELINE or Refitting?

A new denture 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 the denture secure and functional.

For more information about Denture Relines, or to make an appointment with Angela P. Summer, DPD or Laslo Bako, DPD, please use our Contact Us form below or call our office: Seattle Office Phone Number 206-440-1500.

Benefits of a Reline:

Denture relines are essential in order to increase retention of old, existing dentures or new dentures that have lost retention. Good ridge height is essential for a good fit of your denture.

This happening is almost always caused by very small changes, which have been occurring in your gum tissue over a period of time. These changes can be caused by:

  1. Resorbing bone in the jaw
  2. Variations in weight- weight loss or gain
  3. Water Retention
  4. Infection in this area
  5. Age and condition of denture (2 yrs or more)

Eventually these changes have happened to such a degree that dentures should be relined every two years due to these tissue and bite changes.

There are basically three different types of denture relines: Hard, Soft, and Temporary.

Hard Reline

All full dentures should have a hard reline every two years. Our denturists removes a layer of plastic from the denture‘s interior surface, and then fills the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth creating an accurate impression. The denture will be processed with a new denture material where it is adjusted to the new shape of your gum tissue. This results in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth. In our office, the impression is scheduled for first thing in the morning. The patient goes homes without the denture, but returns later the same day (usually early afternoon) for the insert (fitting appointment) Some cases might take longer like the next day. The Denturist will determine when the denture will be ready.

Soft Reline

Some patients are unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums or sore spots. A Dental & Denture may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. The consistency of this material can range from waxy to hard rubber and 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 overdentures.

Temporary Relines

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 by the denturist to allow the inflammation to subside. This reline makes the denture 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.

Call now at Seattle Office Phone Number 206-440-1500 or email us to schedule an appointment.


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