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Over time, changes in your gum tissue and jawbone can affect the way your dentures fit and feel. Your restoration may begin to feel loose and move more frequently. There are two methods for improving the fit of an existing set of dentures: rebasing or relining. Rebasing involves fabricating an entirely new plate, or base, for your dentures. This process can take a long time and require you to wear a temporary restoration. For a quicker solution, you can bring your restoration to your dentist’s office for a denture reline. A reline can immediately improve the fit of your dentures and your comfort.

When Is a Reline Necessary?

The bones and tissues in your smile change over time. These changes can occur as a natural part of the aging process, or they may be caused by bone atrophy following tooth loss. When your dentures do not fit correctly, their movement can wear down soft tissue and jawbone. If your dentures are no longer comfortable, you may need to have them relined. Relining your dentures regularly can prevent more extensive damage to the supporting structures of your smile.

Typically, denture patients require a reline every 1-2 years.

How Often Should I Reline My Dentures?

Typically, denture patients require a reline every one to two years. Keep in mind that this process will not affect the appearance of your denture.

The Relining Procedure

A typical denture reline takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Once it is complete, you can take your dentures home with you right away. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a temporary reline if there is an extensive amount of gum irritation. If this is the case, you will need to return for an additional reline once your gums heal. By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration.

During the procedure, your dentist will clean your denture and then remove a small amount of material from the base that rests on your gums. Your dentist can then apply resin to the inside of the dentures and place the denture back onto your gums while the resin is still liquid. This step creates a new impression. As the resin hardens, it tightens and creates a better seal on your gums. Your dentist can then check the new fit of your dentures to ensure you are satisfied with the results.

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Types of Relines

There are two resins which can be used to reline your dentures: hard or soft. Your dentist can explain the difference between them and recommend the optimal reline method for your needs.

Hard Reline

A hard reline tends to last longer than soft resin. However it is not as flexible and may not be suitable for patients with sensitive gums. While a hard reline can be performed in the office, some dentists prefer to send impressions out to a dental laboratory to minimize the possibility of complications.

Soft Reline

Many denture wearers prefer soft resin relines because they tend to be more comfortable. To create a soft reline, your dentist can use a pliable silicone material to line the denture. This material is more flexible and comfortable than hard resin. However, it requires more frequent replacement.

Save Time and Money

By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration. You can also experience more comfort and minimize the wear and tear on your gums and soft tissues. In general, relines are the most affordable option for repairing ill-fitting dentures.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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