New dentures are designed specifically for your gums and will typically fit your mouth very securely. As time goes on, however, your gum tissues may change and affect the fit of your denture. Having the denture professionally relined will keep it both secure and functional.
All full dentures require a hard reline approximately every two years. Dr. Braverman will remove a thin layer of plastic from the interior surface of the denture then fill it with a putty-like material that conforms to the contours of your mouth. The denture is then sent to the lab where it is customized to the new shape of your gum tissue, resulting in maximum contact between the denture and your mouth.
If you experience tender gums or sore spots, Dr. Braverman may recommend relining the denture with a material that stays pliable for one to two years before needing replacement. A pliable lining is much less likely to cause sore spots than the standard hard reline acrylic.
If a patient’s gums become red, swollen, or misshapen, a temporary, or palliative (medicated) reline may be recommended to allow the inflammation to subside. After a few weeks with a temporary lining, the gums return to a more normal state and the patient is ready for a new denture or hard reline.