What Is a Denture Reline?

You might have heard of the term “denture reline” when considering to get dentures or if you already have them. Denture reline is an important step in the procedure of denture care.

Denture reline is basically, as the term itself suggests, renewing the lining of your dentures so that they fit well in your mouth. This can make your daily life very comfortable and is a simple, easy and affordable procedure to relining your replacement.

When Do You Need To Reline Your Dentures?

Denture relining helps to provide you with comfort by reshaping dentures that start to get troublesome, this much is clear. If a person with dentures starts to experience any sort of discomfort in their mouth then the possible solution might be to reline your dentures. In addition to relining, they also help to repair dentures with cracks in them.

When your tooth is detached from its place, the tissue in that place starts to disintegrate on a cellular level. As a result, the tissue in that area is taken back into your body so it can be used somewhere else. This obviously means that the tissue in your gum area will change shape and density as it heals. Hence, there is a need to reline your dentures in your constantly changing mouth.

This oral health solution is quite beneficial for a person who is looking for a way to avoid the cost of getting brand new dentures. However, it is important to seek advice from a dentist to determine the right oral health solution for your mouth.

Types of Relines

There are three main types of denture relines: hard, soft, and temporary relines. Which one you get depends on the type of denture and severity of tissue change.

Soft Reline

A soft reline is for those patients who cannot wear dentures because their gums are soft and tender, by doing so it will result in sore spots in their mouth. To cater to this issue dentists apply soft relines.

The dentist will apply a flexible material to reline your dentures; this can be anything from a rubbery substance to a waxy substance. This will last for around a year or two.

Many dentures are made of a standard acrylic material and this more pliable material is a good alternative to it. This soft material is more comfortable for the patients and last longer thus many professionals consider it the best kind of reline.

However, sore spots are the least of the problem by the time someone has considered getting a soft reline. Most of the time, using a soft reline would mean that the dentures original form was not sufficient enough. It may need implant supported-dentures or a simple surgery to make it correct.

Hard Reline

Hard relines should be fixed in every two years if you have full dentures. You don’t need to do an entire new fitting. Hard dentures can make your mouth feel comfortable in the best possible way.

Your dentist will take out a part of the plastic from the inside of your dentures and put putty to wherever the denture has made contact with the tissue. Whilst getting a hard reline, the dentist will take the form of your mouth by placing the putty in the denture.

After that, they will take out the denture and get an impression of your mouth by letting the putty harden. As a result, the putty turns into a rubbery substance and then the putty will be replaced by the lab by attaching acrylic to the side of the tissue where the denture is currently located. After this procedure, the denture should adjust to your mouth flawlessly.

As compared to a hard reline a soft reline requires more adjustments and a more flexible and comfortable material; this is the major difference between the above two types of relines.

Temporary Reline

Sore and red gums can be a result of not getting your dentures serviced by your dentist for a very long time. This is where your temporary reline comes in. In order to get to the root of the problem and to get rid of your discomfort, a temporary reline is necessary; a hard or soft reline can’t help in this situation.

So with a temporary reline, a dentist can fix your dentures in a few steps what would have previously been the job of hard or soft denture relining.

The process of temporary reline is first to use the medicated material to reline the denture. This will help notch down the inflammation in the gums. After a few weeks, you will have to return to your dentist for a hard reline or a new denture, without any red or sore gums, as this is a temporary reline.

In a nutshell, soft relines last the longest, hard relines last for around 2 years and temporary relines last the shortest as they are meant to be a solution for sores.

Can You Reline Dentures Yourself?

You can even do your denture relining at home if of course going to the clinic is too expensive or inconvenient. But it’s always best to go to the dentist and let a dentist handle it.

It’s obviously cheaper and convenient to do your dentures at home but it’s really risky as messing it up would mean that the dentures don’t fit so you need to do it just right. This method is not long lasting and the reline kits that are available are not for partial dentures but only for complete dentures.

You can find a decent denture relining do-it-yourself kit at Walgreen or WalMart if you decide to do the job at home. Simply follow the instructions written on the box of the kit.

Denture Reline Cost

As mentioned earlier, denture relines are not that expensive but they are not covered by your insurance however you can get that checked first. Depending on the type of reline, whether it’s a chairside reline or a laboratory one or if it’s complete or partial procedure, dentures can cost to anywhere from $300 to under $500.

Lab reline happens when you need a new lining created for your dentures and so your denture impression is sent to the lab by the dentist. The lab reline process usually lasts for a day but the substance used is very long lasting and durable. A complete lab denture with all the processes costs for about $350 to $475 and of course less for a partial procedure.

A chairside reline is the opposite of a lab reline. Your denture is relined by your dentist in-house. For this, the cost is lower at around $280 to $395. However, the material used isn’t long lasting nor durable even though it’s a quick procedure requiring one office visit.

Your budget should be of around $500 no matter which reline you get, lab or chairside.

Bottom Line

Remember to contact your insurance company before your next relining appointment and see if they cover the procedure. But if it doesn’t and the procedure is too inconvenient or expensive for you then just buy a do-it-yourself kit and follow the instructions.

However, one wrong move can make your uncomfortable situation from bad to worse. In the end, relining is still your cheapest option the getting new dentures.