What is Denture Relining?
Over time the shape of your gums and the bones that support the dentures can change, which means they may no longer fit properly. Relining is a method of adjusting the internal part of the base of the dentures with an acrylic resin to correct their fit. This technique doesn’t alter the appearance of the dentures; it simply adapts the base to suit the changing shape of your gums. The Clinical Dental Technician will take an impression of your gums using your dentures, and in some cases you will not need to be without them.
The procedure involves:
- Removing some of the plastic from the fitting surface of your denture
- Placing a layer of soft impression material onto this trimmed surface
- Repositioning inside your mouth to take an impression of your gums
- Using this accurate impression to create a new hard or soft base
What are the advantages of denture relining?
Denture relining allows the fit of your dentures to be improved, without the need for replacing them with a new set. They will fit much more securely, so you won’t have to worry about them falling out or moving when you speak and eat. Relining also helps the dentures to last longer and improves your oral hygiene, as food is less likely to become trapped under your dentures, which can happen if they are too loose.
In many cases, patients no longer need to use denture adhesive.