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Dentures can replace some or all of your natural teeth. Although your dentures are likely to be a perfect fit once you first receive them, they have a tendency to become loose over time. In addition to affecting your ability to eat and speak, poorly fitting dentures can also cause sore spots on your gums from frequent rubbing. Having your dentures relined can significantly improve the fit of your dentures, prevent complications and improve your ability to speak and eat. Find out how often to have your dentures relined.
Why Should My Dentures Be Relined?
Over time, the bones and tissues in your mouth change. This can occur as a result of the natural aging process and because bone begins to shrink after you have had teeth extracted. When your dentures do not fit your mouth properly, it can accelerate the wearing down of soft tissues and bone in your mouth. For these reasons, it is essential that your dentures be relined.
How Often Should Dentures Be Relined?
Most people who wear dentures should have them relined every one to two years. Relining will not affect the appearance of your dentures; rather, the technique will adapt your dentures to the changing shape of your gums.
Soft, hard and temporary are the three main types of denture relines. A soft denture reline involves the application of a flexible silicone material to line the denture. During a hard reline, some of the plastic from inside the denture is removed and replaced with an impression material that is similar to putty. This material will then form around the contours of your jaw for the laboratory to use to process the new shape. A temporary reline is intended for people who have swollen or misshapen gums caused by wearing dentures that are a poor fit. In this situation, your dentist reline the dentures with a medicated material. This will help reduce inflammation until you are ready to be fitted for new dentures.