Everything You Need to Know About a Denture Reline

Are your dentures not fitting as well as they used to? At Future Smiles, we offer a wide range of denture solutions from repairs and relines to denture implants and flexible partials to give you the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve. 

When made correctly and with high-quality, resilient materials, dentures can last for many years. However, over time, you may find that your replacement teeth don’t fit as well as they used to. This could be for several reasons, including:

  • Daily wear and tear
  • Loss of bone
  • Changes in mouth shape
  • Accidental breakages and damage

Affordable and Quality Denture Solutions in Calgary

At Future Smiles, we believe that every patient has the right to well-fitting and comfortable replacement teeth, which is why we offer a wide range of affordable and quality denture solutions from emergency repairs to relines/rebases to ensure you always have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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What is a Denture Reline?

Daily wearing of dentures can make your replacement teeth loose over time. Not only is this situation very uncomfortable, but it can also cause extreme difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as chewing and talking.

Denture relining is a cost-effective solution for reshaping the underside of a denture to ensure that it fits comfortably once again and doesn’t rest against the gum. This will:

  • Enhance the stability of your denture
  • Improve facial appearance
  • Make speaking and eating easier and more comfortable
  • Reduce any discomfort and pain

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2 Types of Denture Relines: Which One is Right For You?

Depending on your needs and particular concerns, your denturist may suggest a hard or soft reline. Here is a breakdown of each type of reline to help you understand which may best suit your needs.

Hard Denture Reline

To accommodate the long-term changes in your palate and gum structures, a hard reline may be required. Typically, this is the type of reline that should be done on your dentures every two years.

Ideal for: Repairing the fit of your replacement teeth without having to do a completely new fitting from scratch.

What happens during a hard reline:

  • Your denturist will remove some of the plastic from the inside of the denture.
  • Putty is placed on all areas of the dentures that make contact with mouth tissue and an impression is made of the shape of your mouth and gums.
  • The denture is then recreated in the lab so that it can once again fit your mouth perfectly.
  • The impression material will be replaced by pink, hard acrylic in exactly the same shape as the original impression material.

Soft Denture Reline

In some cases, patients find that they cannot wear dentures because their gums are too tender and they keep getting sore spots. In such a case, your denture can be relined with a material that remains pliable for 1-2 years before it needs replacement.

Hard vs Soft Relines: The main difference between a soft and hard reline is the material used to replace the hard acrylic. A softer, more porous material is used for a soft reline, providing greater comfort to sensitive denture wearers.

However, soft relines do require more regular adjustments than hard relines.


5 Signs You Need a Denture Reline

If you have been wearing your dentures for over two years and have not yet visited your denturist, you may be due for a denture reline. Some of the most obvious signs you require this type of repair include:

  • Swelling and pain in the gums
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Denture stabilization problems
  • Difficulty eating and speaking
  • You don’t want to replace your existing dentures with new ones


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To learn more about our wide range of denture solutions including repairs, relines, and rebases, contact our Calgary denture clinic today at  (403) 475-0016 or book a consultation.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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