Soft Reline vs Hard Denture Reline: What’s the Difference?

Are your dentures loose, broken, or otherwise damaged? At Future Smiles, our team offers quick and efficient denture repair, reline, and rebasing services to ensure your dentures feel comfortable and function optimally.

Today’s dentures are more comfortable, natural looking, and durable than before, and when taking care of properly, they can last for several years. However, over time, many denture wearers find that their replacement teeth become loose, ill-fitting, or uncomfortable.

This is due to several reasons, including:

  • Accidental damage or breakage
  • Daily wear and tear
  • Bone loss
  • Changes in the shape of your mouth

The good news? If your dentures are loose or they aren’t fitting as well as they used to, denture relines and rebases allow you to solve these issues quickly and avoid a complete denture replacement.


Quick and Efficient Denture Repairs, Relines, and Rebasing Services in Calgary

At our Calgary denture clinic, we know just how important well-fitting dentures are for you oral health and quality of life. That’s why we offer a wide range of denture repair services, including same-day repairs and denture relines/rebases to ensure your replacement teeth are always comfortable.

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Hard Reline vs Soft Reline: What’s The Difference?

High quality, new dentures will fit your mouth very securely, as they have been designed specifically for your gums. However, as time goes on, your gum tissues will change and the fit of your denture may become loose or ill-fitting.

Having dentures professionally relined every 1-2 years will keep your replacement teeth feeling secure and help them to always function optimally.


Hard Denture Reline

All full dentures should have a hard denture reline at least once every two years. During the hard denture reline process, your denturist will:

  • Remove a layer of plastic from the interior surface of your denture
  • Fill the denture with a putty-like material which conforms to the contours of your mouth
  • Create an accurate impression of your mouth
  • Process the dentures and adjust them to the new shape of your gum tissue

A hard denture reline will result in maximum contact between the dentures and your mouth for a snug and comfortable fit.


Soft Denture Reline

There are some patients who are unable to wear ordinary dentures because they have sore spots or tender gums. In such cases, it may be recommended that you reline your denture with material that is soft and pliable.

Soft liners are medical grade soft polymer material that is applied to the tissue-fitting surface of your hard denture base. The soft liners behave like a shock-absorbing cushion when you are chewing, eliminating any pain and ensuring greater comfort.

If your denturist has adjusted your denture fit and you’re still unable to find comfort, you may want to consider a soft liner. These are appropriate for patients with:

  • Flat or nearly flat gum tissue
  • Gums with thin tissues over bony areas
  • Chronically sore gum tissues

In addition to this, soft liners can be applied to new/old dentures, as well as reline and rebase situations.


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our wide range of denture solutions and how our Calgary denturists can help you find the right option for your lifestyle and budget, contact us at (403) 475-0016 or book a FREE 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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