How Often Should Dentures Be Relined?
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Getting dentures is a great option for many people who struggle from different dental and orthodontal conditions that can no longer be fixed by other procedures. Just like normal teeth, they require proper care and maintenance too. At times, you even need to visit a specialist to have your dentures checked.
A denture reline, also known as denture realignment, is among the steps you need to do to keep your dentures at their best. While this is an extremely necessary step, many people don’t do it regularly and just visit the prosthetist when their denture starts to fit uncomfortably.
Have you ever noticed any gaps in your dentures? Over time, gaps and bumps develop on your dentures causing it to fit awkwardly on the gums. When this problem occurs, a denture reline procedure will help restore its original snug fit.
The relining procedure is simple and hassle-free. A certified professional will apply a thin layer of permanent coating throughout the fitting surface of the denture to seal off any gaps. With the process, you avoid the risk of developing other oral problems due to trapped food particles.
Other than that, you also prevent your dentures ‘rocking’, making them break or crack due to heavy chewing. While it may be an added visit to a dental prosthetist, it will significantly cut down the cost and address any denture problem before it's too late. Not having your dentures checked may even lead to more costly expenses in the future.
Without a doubt, it is important to have your dentures relined, but the question now is: how often should dentures be relined? Do you have to do it twice or once a year? Well, if you’re confused, then you’re not alone. Most people with dentures just sit out and wait until the time when chewing feels uncomfortable - which is entirely wrong.
You need to look for the signs when you need a reline. This could include:
Food becomes stuck in the gaps between the denture and your palate or gums.
You quickly develop rubbing or sore spots on your mouth and gum tissue.
You often feel your denture loosely moving or about to dislodge while you go about your day-to-day activities, be it laughing, singing, eating or speaking.
The type of denture you use significantly influences the frequency of realignment. Some dentures, such as flexible dentures, are not suitable for a reline; while other dentures like acrylic partial dentures and acrylic full dentures can be relined.
There are different types of denture reline: a soft reline, a hard reline, and a temporary. To reline upper denture, you need to consult your trusted Prosthetist. Usually, a soft reline lasts for over two years and a hard reline lasts for more.
For temporary reline procedure, it is important to know as exactly what their name stresses – a temporary solution. They can last for only a couple of weeks since they are not heat cured. They can easily become susceptible to discolouration and can harbour bacteria causing bad breath and other complications.
Whether hard or soft, denture relines can last up to two years. However, if you are feeling any discomfort when using your dentures, getting it checked for a reline might fix the problem. Some of the best denture reliner can even fix your dentures within the day - that’s hassle-free and convenient service you can trust.\
Whether you need a denture reline or want to completely replace your old dentures, Smiles On Hudson has got you covered. With years of experience in the industry, Maurie D’ Andrea, our Dental Prosthetist can help you solve your denture problems in no time.
To discuss your denture reline and any related denture issues, please don’t hesitate to call us at 0432 194 603. We will book you a free consultation and examination with our Dental Prosthetist at your most convenient time.