You don’t think about it day-to-day, but your mouth and gums are constantly moving and changing – whether you’re moving your mouth or not! Bacteria from what you eat and drink leaves residue everywhere, despite your best efforts to make sure that your mouth is as clean as it can be.
Over time, as your mouth changes in shape with age and the motion of the day-to-day running of your body, your dentures may need relining and reshaping. If you think your dentures may need this procedure, even if they are partial dentures, you need to visit your nearest denture clinic for a denture repair.
What is a Denture Reline?
A denture reline is the process of adding new material to the base of your dentures. It involves a chemical compound that effectively acts as a way of chemically transforming your dentures so that they fit better when inside your mouth. It also decreases the likelihood that your dentures will become loose and fall out.
Why Are Denture Relines So Important?
Because your mouth changes over time in shape and size, we recommend that you get your dentures relined every two years. The importance of denture relines is that they allow your dentures’ bottom layer to remain in contact with the bottom of your mouth, as it changes in shape. This maintains the integrity of the denture and thus its life. It’s also way better for your mouth to have a properly fitted denture.
What Are The Different Types of Denture Relines?
There are three different types of denture relines that can be done by a denture clinic. These are: a hard reline, a soft reline and a temporary reline.
Hard reline: This is usually recommended every two to three years, hard relines are made from acrylic and are designed for long-lasting fit and comfort. They are used most commonly for everyone, except for those who have sensitive gums.
Soft reline: For those with sensitive gums, denture clinics will offer a soft reline – this is also used for those who may have undergone dental surgery. Soft relines involve the use of a spongy coating along the inside of the denture, rather than the acrylic coating used during hard relines.
Temporary reline: This is most commonly used by patients who have emergency denture repairs and are used to bridge the gap between the current pair of repaired dentures and the newly ordered pair of dentures. They’re medicated layers that numb pain and allow for healing to take place.
How Your Denture Technician Will Reline Your Dentures
Denture technicians will use an applicator to apply a resin to the dentures, this resin will then set on the denture material and harden. Under no circumstances should you attempt to reline your dentures yourself. They need to be relined by a professional. While we understand that denture repair can be an expensive process, the cost of DIYing this sort of thing and getting it wrong could be much higher – for your wallet and your physical health.
In order to aid with the cost of dentures, Aesthetic Dentures uses Afterpay, to allow you to pay for your denture cost in agreed-upon instalments.
What If Your Dentures Are Uncomfortable Or Need Repairing?
If you find yourself experiencing discomfort with your dentures, or you are certain that they need a repair – it’s best to contact your nearest denture repair clinic. They will set you up with a pair of immediate dentures to allow them to repair your current pair. Dentures that are causing discomfort may need relining, using the method outlined above.
If your dentures do need relining or repair, then that’s something that we can help with at Aesthetic Dentures. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and options.